Ray Rice: I want to play again and I’m not giving up

AP

As his second season of banishment from the NFL concludes, Ray Rice isn’t ready to concede that his playing career is over.

“I do want to play football again and I’m not ready to give up,” Rice said on the Dan Patrick Show.

At the same time, Rice seems to be coming to the realization that it’s a long shot that someone will give him a second chance after he became America’s domestic violence poster boy. Rice said that he was thinking he’d get a call to go to a team’s training camp, and when that didn’t happen, he started to realize most NFL teams weren’t interested in him.

“I thought early in the year,” he said. “I would have loved to be in a training camp, learn an offense and things like that.”

Rice said he stays in great shape regardless of whether his career is over because fitness is important to him, so he’ll be ready any time a team calls. But the reality is, if that call were going to happen, it likely would have happened already. Rice had his worst season in 2013, averaging only 3.1 yards a carry, and hasn’t been on the field in two years. Rice isn’t ready to give up, but NFL teams are giving up on the idea of Rice playing for them.

83 responses to “Ray Rice: I want to play again and I’m not giving up

  1. Domestic abuse is as cowardly as you can get but this is America and the NFL where second chances are given out like they are going out of style. I say send him to Dallas and let him join the circus!

  2. A friendly reminder that he must certainly be done, if no team is even willing to take a flyer on him.

    This has nothing to do with a moral compass, if Rice could still ball, he’d have a contract by now.

  3. He was a top 5 RB for several years, then had 1 bad year.

    Yet Trent Richardson, Pierre Thomas, Montee Ball, Christine Michael and many others who’ve done ZERO in the league get looks.

    It’s called collusion

  4. He should get a second chance. People need to stop relying on the NFL and other organizations to be the moral compass of society. The ones that scream the loudest are the ones that likely act immorally more often.

  5. If there’s so many young backs with no baggage out their then why do the likes of T Richardson and Pierre Thomas keep getting calls..

    COLLUSION

  6. For everyone saying “Dallas will take him” or some form of that: It’s tired/lazy and unoriginal….come up with something new….

  7. kcchefs58 says:
    Dec 17, 2015 10:22 AM
    He should get a second chance. People need to stop relying on the NFL and other organizations to be the moral compass of society.
    ________________

    I doubt it has anything to do with a moral compass. For the most part they are noticeably absent in big business and make no mistake the NFL is big business. If he could still ball someone would have taken a flyer on him, ie Hardy. The more likely reason is right there in the last 2 sentences of the article:

    “Rice had his worst season in 2013, averaging only 3.1 yards a carry, and hasn’t been on the field in two years. Rice isn’t ready to give up, but NFL teams are giving up on the idea of Rice playing for them.”

  8. Everyone deserves a second chance. That said Peterson who beat a child got his, Hardy who shows absoluty no contriteness got his, so why is Rice who appears contrite not getting his second chance? I don’t get it. My god ,the Ravens put up a statue of player who was found guilty of obstruction of justice in a MURDER trial. A person is dead, he gets a second chance, yet Rice doesn’t ? How does any of this make any sense.

  9. Ray Rice was behind possibly the worst O-Line in NFL history in 2013. The fact that he averaged 3.1 YPC was a miracle.

    If Peterson can whip his kid’s butt bloody, then Ray should be given another shot.

  10. It’s not what he has done in his personal life. Several scouts have said he was in decline before the incident and that is why he is not getting any looks. Once a running back declines, they never get it back.

  11. That Rice, who remains one of the best running backs of his generation, is still unable to play only serves to illustrate the degree that the media is running the country, and what a joke of a politically correct nation we’ve become.
    And people wonder why Donald Trump is so popular ?

  12. Most teams are not giving Rice a chance because he lost a step even before he got in trouble….. Most teams take a chance on a guy if they have fallen into some trouble because that player will have something to prove/chip on their shoulder whatever you want to call it, but Rice isn’t that great.

  13. mzigg35 says:
    Dec 17, 2015 10:21 AM
    He was a top 5 RB for several years, then had 1 bad year.

    Yet Trent Richardson, Pierre Thomas, Montee Ball, Christine Michael and many others who’ve done ZERO in the league get looks.

    It’s called collusion
    ============================

    No, it’s called wife beating

  14. thought NE might kick the tires, but I’m sure they don’t want the accompanying Tebow-like media storm that comes with him.

    Carlos, take the tin foil off your hat. The Cheaties would never stoop that low..cheat yes …sing an abuser no.

  15. I love how people call it collusion because teams don’t want the media nightmare associated with having a known wife beater and the poster child for whats wrong with the NFL on the roster who is at best a mediocre running back at this point.

    This is not collusion, it’s called smart business.

    Sorry Ray, you knocked a women out on camera, it’s hard to shake that one off.

  16. This has ZERO to do with domestic violence. He’s 30 and he’s a RB – the most expendable position in the league. There are 25 year dudes with twice his speed that can’t get a job.

    If he was one of the top guys at his position (for example, oh i dunno, Greg Hardy) then he would be playing.

  17. An NFL team isn’t going to take a chance on a guy that is probably washed up and is so universally hated by almost everyone in America – not just NFL fans.

    Knocking a woman out then dragging her out of the elevator by her hair like a Neanderthal would doesn’t exactly endear you to anyone. I’m kind of surprised that woman’s family hasn’t taken matters into their own hands with Rice. I’m not sure I could contain myself if that was my daughter or sister.

  18. Hey 12coltsfan12.. Greg Hardy.. Chris Rainey.. Frank Clark..

    Get a clue. This isn’t about 3.1 ypc, wife beating. It’s about public relations

  19. I agree with Rice. I mean, why is Adrian Peterson allowed to play? Or Greg Hardy? Is it really about his transgressions or more about the video taped evidence?

  20. I’m so sick of the seeing the same argument about his stats his final year. That was statistically the worst ravens offensive line their history. That’s why the 2nd string Bernard Pierce had equally terrible stats. That’s why they did a total overhaul on the line the next year and journeyman Justin Forsett came in and led the entire league in YPC just months after Rice’s final game!

    This is not about his stats, Rice can play at the same level or better than all these other re-tread RB’s. His lack of opportunity is directly related to public relations.

  21. Steelers and Cowboys will give him a tryout now that he has been charged with a felony. This is their way of signing a player that their fans can relate to.

  22. His biggest problem is running backs are in large supply. It’s a sellers market and no one is buying, especially with another batch on the way in April

  23. mzigg35 says:

    He was a top 5 RB for several years, then had 1 bad year.

    Yet Trent Richardson, Pierre Thomas, Montee Ball, Christine Michael and many others who’ve done ZERO in the league get looks.

    It’s called collusion

    _______________________________________

    Pierre Thomas has never been elite but he’s had a very productive career and doesn’t deserve to be mentioned with this group.

  24. Talent trumps everything in pro sports, even felonies. If the NFL teams thought Rice could be a contributor, he’d be on a team by now. Obviously the NFL doesn’t think he has much to give and so he remains unemployed. That’s how it works. He may as well get used to it.

  25. He’s done about all he can to atone for what he did. I think he deserves a second chance- too bad there are lots of running backs out there that don’t have the PR baggage.

  26. It’s very simple. It’s all about the video… Rice dropped her with a punch to the head. That leaves a lasting impression that no team wants to deal with. It is indefensible.

  27. mzigg35 says:
    Dec 17, 2015 10:21 AM
    He was a top 5 RB for several years, then had 1 bad year.

    Yet Trent Richardson, Pierre Thomas, Montee Ball, Christine Michael and many others who’ve done ZERO in the league get looks.

    It’s called collusion

    ———————————————–

    No, it is called Turd. Look, my team (the World Champion Patriots) just lost their bruiser running back for the year with a hip. So we need someone to run as bad as any team out there. And yet I hope they don’t call this turd. Ray, just retire. It is time. Nobody is going to give you a chance because I watched a video of you punching and knocking out your fiancee. It is that simple. It isn’t collusion, it is concussion… of HER.

  28. Sorry Ray, Lay hands on a woman like that and you will forever has a stigma linked to you. With veteran RB on the street and the draft just 5 months out. Why would a team take your baggage on board?
    Hope you got your degree from Rutgers.

  29. I wonder how much money he saved for a rainy day?

    In January 2014 he told TMZ that he was going back to school to finish his degree (this is before he knocked out his girlfriend on an elevator).

    “We’ve learned … Rice is currently taking 4 courses:

    — Intro to Logic
    — Public Speaking
    — Employment Law
    — Diversity at work”

    So that qualifies him to sell shoes at Foot Locker. Good luck, Ray.

  30. I think the decision’s been made for your, Ray. You blew it and should be thoroughly ashamed of yourself.

  31. Listen, this isn’t about his ability to play…he did something that was caught on video that is hard to stomach. It was super violent…regardless of what the victim has said or done. Hardy and the rest that are mentioned are giant pieces of garbage too, problem is they weren’t caught on tape and didn’t have everyone in the world actually witness it first hand IN MOTION.

    The pics of the victims from Hardy and Peterson are not good at all, disgusting in fact. The problem comes in that nobody saw what happened first hand except those involved…unfortunately in this case that matters to the NFL and some owners. Which is why Hardy and Peterson are playing.

    There needs to be better rules in place for these disgusting acts. Saying I’m sorry and I won’t do it again doesn’t cut it.

  32. It’s over. He is kryptonite to any teams’ marketing and public relations departments. He needs to suck it up and fill out a Walmart application and get on with his life…

  33. He deserves a shot, if he can still play of course. There are probably just too many options at RB of guys who didn’t KO their chick on film for him to get a legitimate chance.

  34. Here is what Ray Rice needs to do to get back in the NFL
    -Go to Florham Park, NJ
    -Wait in parking lot until practice is over
    -Punch any Jet that was on the roster in the face and break his jaw

    Rex will have him signed within an hour. Because he believes in 2nd chances (and clown shows)

  35. vikesr4reel says:
    Dec 17, 2015 10:19 AM
    Cowboys will take him
    _____________________
    I will preface this by saying they are both disgusting people.

    Now having said that,

    I would much rather have a player who may have tossed a drunked, cocaine induced women around a room in a fight vs. the running back you Vikings fans still worship who beat his helpless child multiple times until he started to bleed. It takes much more anger to make a 5 year old child bleed by striking him with a belt than it does to bruise a woman

  36. whereyaat says:
    Dec 17, 2015 11:56 AM
    Steelers and Cowboys will give him a tryout now that he has been charged with a felony. This is their way of signing a player that their fans can relate to.
    __________________________________
    Aw somebody is jealous their franchise hasn’t won 6 and 5 superbowls like the Steelers/Cowboys

    Pathetic

  37. AP, child beater, but not caught on camera
    Hardy, woman beater, but not caught on camera
    Rice, woman beater,caught on camera.

    That is the only difference. Since the whole world got to see your punch, you don’t get another chance to play.

  38. The problem with the logic most people are using is that we have one single, horrifying incident. Michael Vick ran dog-fighting rings for years. AP says he raises all his kids the way he was raised, so what we saw in those photos was a pattern. We don’t know if physical abuse is a pattern with Hardy or not, but all of us in the Charlotte area can vouch for the fact that he’s been missing a chromosome ever since college.

    Rice has done everything you could possibly ask for to right his situation. He’s like Vick – he’s done everything required, including showing contrition.

    And no, I’m not buying the “he hasn’t gotten a call because he sucked in his last year” argument either. Plenty of people have had one terrible year and had no problem at least getting a training camp invite.

    There’s only one possible conclusion – the 32 owners have entered into a “gentlemen’s agreement” that no one will offer Ray Rice any opportunity to make their club, because they don’t want the bad PR. And that is exactly the definition of collusion.

  39. I wish Seattle would give him a look. I remember him converting a 4th and 26 all on his own effort to advance his team to the playoffs. The guy does have passion for the game and I think he could really contribute in a big way. If Seattle wont give him a look, Baltimore should!! The Baltimore community knows the good this guy did in their community and they will most likely support him the most in a return to football.

    Good Luck Ray, you have earned your second chance.

  40. He’s done. He’s been done for a while. Too bad for him, deity of your choice knows AP is a bigger scumbag but still has a bunch of mental defective homers swinging off his jock just because he can run with an egg shaped ball.

  41. All that “second chance” stuff is great, I know I’ve had some myself, maybe more than my share.

    But I don’t know a deliberate close-fist shot to the face of a woman you claim to love is worthy of a second chance.

    If she’s giving him one, fine, but maybe don’t push your luck, Ray.

  42. Ray, try the MMA circuit. Oh wait, those are dudes you’d be hitting. And they’d be hitting back.

  43. jgedgar70 says:
    Dec 17, 2015 2:29 PM
    The problem with the logic most people are using is that………..

    There’s only one possible conclusion – the 32 owners have entered into a “gentlemen’s agreement” that no one will offer Ray Rice any opportunity to make their club, because they don’t want the bad PR. And that is exactly the definition of collusion.
    =============================
    Hardly a group that is averse to bad PR. Look who they have as commissioner.

  44. It’s a shame that he doesn’t get a second chance, but villains like Tim Tebow do. Which player is more hated right now?

  45. I get second chances…however, I think a A LOT of you would be singing a different tune if he had punched your mom, sister, wife, or someone else you loved very much. You separate yourself because he’s an athlete? I grew up everything football, but I’ll be darned if I give up my sense of morals and ethics just so I can have a decent player on the team I root for…never going to happen. Unfortunately for Ray, many people won’t think he is NOT a woman beater until several years down the road

  46. It’s no surprise Rice cozied up with Dan Patrick. Woman beaters and sports media personalities are are on the same level. In fact woman beaters, rapists, child molesters and murderers are higher on the social scale than member of the sports media.

  47. your agent isn’t working to hard, because a few teams could use you, especially the Patriots.

  48. Rice is so desperate he will play the race card and get the naacp involved to say all teams are racist if they don’t sign him. That is always how it works

  49. plum54 says:
    Dec 17, 2015 10:48 AM

    … My god ,the Ravens put up a statue of player who was found guilty of obstruction of justice in a MURDER trial. A person is dead, he gets a second chance, yet Rice doesn’t ? How does any of this make any sense.
    =========================
    Actually the NFL’s poster child of second chances pled guilty to obstruction of justice into the investigation of a double murder. He wasn’t convicted, he admitted to obstruction of justice as a plea bargain to avoid further investigation and possible charges. Two people dead and one statue. Gotta love those Ravens. A real class organization.

  50. @goodguy when he is elected into the HOF will you call them out too? Ravens must have beaten your team. People who say what you do about the franchise, not the man, are usually sore losers.

  51. Most people buy into anything they hear from the so called press. If they would do some real fact searching and did into this story they would see what it really was. Ray Rice was with a woman who he had been with since high school and they had children together. He ( and her ) were young and partying a lot after the superbowl. He was drinking and she was really drunk. She kept kicking him and spitting on him and by her own admission. She provoked the entire thing. Of course they even got married afterwards. Look we all know Ray was wrong but it’s not like he jumped on top of her and beat her to death. She got knocked out and it was a horrible thing. BUT he was not some sort of brut that goes around abusing women. It was 2 drunk adults that messed up. He admitted everything and it was proven he and her both told the truth and then got council for this. He got a huge pay out from the Ravens so he does not need the money. We all make mistakes and he has paid over, and over and over. So give him a second chance. The NFL suspended him and then recanted and the entire thing was blown up and he lost his entire way of life for 1 mistake. How would you feel if that was you??? Stay strong Ray.

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