Ray Rice knows NFL return is unlikely to happen

AP

Former Ravens running back Ray Rice hasn’t played in the NFL since 2013, but that hasn’t stopped him from feeling “for a fact I can make a team better.”

Rice’s belief in his ability to perform on the field hasn’t blinded him to the realities of his situation, however. Rice was released by the Ravens after the release of the video of him punching his now-wife in the face in an Atlantic City elevator and he didn’t play well in 2013, leaving two reasons why his attempts to get back into the league have fallen flat. Rice isn’t ready to say he’s done, but he realizes that the league may have made that decision for him.

“I’m training, but I’m more training for life,” Rice said, via NJ.com. “I think it’s safe to say that football … I don’t want to ever say I’m giving up, because that’s never going to be me … I’m happy. I’m in the best shape of my life, and I know if it doesn’t happen this year, it’s probably something I have to deal with. But you know what? It’s not the end of my life. I know that the window for playing is closing. But if my window closes, I’m going to make sure I open up a thousand more opportunities for kids, to give them an opportunity to pick up where I left off. That’s where I’m at. I’ve got three Pro Bowls and a Super Bowl. There’s a lot of people that can’t go out there and do what I did. But I don’t want it to end that way, it’s safe to say.”

Rice said that he expects football will remain part of his life and that he will spend part of the summer “telling my whole story” to college teams, something he did with Ravens rookies this offseason as well.

26 responses to “Ray Rice knows NFL return is unlikely to happen

  1. Still can’t believe a dogkiller gets another chance after he was apologetic and this guy who is apologetic as well can’t get one. He seems to have gotten blackballed even though he seems very contrite and is doing all the necessary steps to fix his problem.

  2. I think it is time for him to get a 2nd chance…he has paid for his wrongdoings with 3 years of no pay from the league. Now if he comes back and gets a chance and he can’t perform anymore…gone!

    I believe he would of never been out of football a week, much less 3 years, if he was playing good at the time. Or maybe a team was willing but he was not willing to play for minimum. His last season was atrocious but he should be given a chance anyway.

  3. Now that his playing days are over, I wonder if he’d make a better commissioner than Roger Goodell?

    It’s worth debating.

  4. snowdood163 says:
    Jul 15, 2016 10:02 AM

    He’s not any good. Wasn’t his last year somewhere in the 3s in YPC? THAT’S why he doesn’t have a job.
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    Be that as it may, he did not get even a SNIFF at another chance. No tryouts. No anything. It’s pretty obvious Goodell and his goons threatened the financial welfare & draft status of any team that brought him in (even for a tryout). Because – you know – Goodell just wants to “get it right”.

  5. Many athletes have committed crimes, but how many have video. That’s the difference here. For those of us who have witnessed it or cam witness it at any time, you can’t get passed it.

  6. The hypocrisy of the Ravens is mind blowing.

    Let’s see, on the one hand we have Ray Rice who decked his wife (fiancee at the time) and was cut from the team, black balled, etc.

    Then on the other hand we have Ray Lewis, a murderer. He kept playing for the Ravens, retired a Raven, and has a nice statue built in his honor to boot.

    I REALLY am scratching my head here. Can someone please explain?

  7. But at least Adrian Peterson is still playing. Gotta leave one abusive RB in the league. Cuz…ya know…beating a toddler bloody with a stick is far more honorable than punching a woman. But somehow it just went away and everyone forgot.

  8. Ray is not still out of the league because of what he did, but because what he did was captured on video. Apparently as a people, we don’t have very good imaginations, because only after seeing the video were we horrified. Of course if he were still as good as say Adrian Peterson, or what the Cowboys thought they were getting with Greg Hardy, someone would take the risk. But he isn’t. To Rice’s credit, he did a lot of good in the community before this incident and continues to.

  9. themage78…

    I am admittedly a bit of a cynic, but I have a hard time believing that if the whole incident was NOT caught on tape, that he would have been as committed to making changes.

    For somebody to feel that “comfortable” punching a woman like that, it just doesn’t feel like that could be the first time that happened.

    I certainly hope he has made great life changes, but I do not believe he should get another opportunity…in football. Make the most of your life going forward, but football is no longer his “right”. It is a privilege that has now been taken away.

  10. “But at least Adrian Peterson is still playing. Gotta leave one abusive RB in the league. Cuz…ya know…beating a toddler bloody with a stick is far more honorable than punching a woman. But somehow it just went away and everyone forgot”

    Talent > Off the field problems

  11. Ray’s career arc was headed down. I don’t think he’s being black-listed
    He had a lot of tread-wear. Nobody is calling because he’s done. His best rushing season? 2011 when only Maurice Jones-Drew and Michael Turner ran for more. As far as I know, those guys didn’t hit anybody.Nobodys calling them either. Greg Hardy, who’s abusiveness was much more agregious and who is a much bigger crud ball, got another shot, because he could still play. Forgiveness is available, if you can still produce on the field .

  12. firecracker87 says:
    Jul 15, 2016 10:21 AM
    The hypocrisy of the Ravens is mind blowing.

    Let’s see, on the one hand we have Ray Rice who decked his wife (fiancee at the time) and was cut from the team, black balled, etc.

    Then on the other hand we have Ray Lewis, a murderer. He kept playing for the Ravens, retired a Raven, and has a nice statue built in his honor to boot.

    I REALLY am scratching my head here. Can someone please explain?
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    I guess I’ll try to explain, since there always seems to be the same comment in each thread…

    Ray Lewis wasn’t convicted of murder. He plead guilty to obstruction of justice in a murder investigation. That murder investigation also failed to convict the two people that actually stood trial.

    Labeling Ray Lewis a murderer is the same stupid cry you’ll hear from people labeling Ben Roethlisberger a rapist.

    Get over it. This isn’t an Aaron Hernandez style case, no matter how much some people want it to be.

    Whereas Ray Rice was on video leveling his fiancee. Now, Ray Rice has certainly been contrite and apologetic. He seems legitimately like he wants to do good moving forward (as opposed to guys like Greg Hardy), but Rice will likely never get another chance because of the public backlash a team would have to incur.

    And it doesn’t have to do with his production. Every Ravens running back that year had terrible numbers due to a completely inept offensive line.

    But he was caught on video, and those images have damned him. If Mike Vick was on video torturing and killing dogs, he wouldn’t have ever played again.

    Hopefully that explained some differences.

  13. Ray Rice made a mistake, but he made that mistake with his now wife, I think what Rice did was the worst thing that a man can do to a woman. but she forgave him and married this man, so why is the NFL holding this against this young man. As unfortunate as what he did was it provided a face for domestic violence, Rice made it his cause, speaking and teaching on the evils domestic violence. Domestic Violence is not just something Ray Rice did it’s something that a problem in America and the world. And for all these comments acting like they are innocent just look in the mirror. The NFL is one of the most corrupt organization in the world. to say that Rice can’t still play makes no sense, the Ravens OL was piss poor in 2013 and even though Rice average was only 3.1, he had 58 rec for 321 yards and 5.5 average.

  14. “It’s too bad the Girls already have three running backs. Jerry would for sure give him a chance if he needed an RB.”

    Seriously? He has had 3 years to give him a chance and hasn’t called him. But, you know go ahead and bring the Cowboys into a story that has absolutely nothing to do with them. Obsess much?

  15. I still think she had it coming, why doesn’t anyone blame her, she started it the drunken lush

  16. And yet Ray ‘The Blade’ Lewis is revered by fans and will likely be an HOF inductee.

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