Ray Rice

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Ray Rice
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Rice at the Ravens' 2009 Training Camp.
No. 27     Free agent
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-01-22) January 22, 1987 (age 27)
Place of birth: New Rochelle, New York
Height: 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) Weight: 206 lb (93 kg)
Career information
High school: New Rochelle (NY)
College: Rutgers
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 2 / Pick: 55
Debuted in 2008 for the Baltimore Ravens
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards 6,180
Rushing average 4.3
Rushing TDs 37
Receptions 359
Receiving yards 3,034
Receiving TDs 6
Stats at NFL.com

Raymell Mourice "Ray" Rice (born January 22, 1987) is a professional American football running back who is currently serving an indefinite suspension by the National Football League. He played college football for Rutgers University and was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. He is ranked as the Ravens' second all-time leading rusher behind Jamal Lewis (7,801) with 5,940 yards, and is also second in rushing attempts (1,273) and rushing touchdowns (37), and third in combined touchdowns (43).

Rice was arrested and subsequently indicted for third-degree aggravated assault on March 27, 2014, relating to an incident where he punched his then-fiancée (now wife) in the face.[1] The blow knocked her unconscious.[2] The incident became a prominent controversy after TMZ released a video of the encounter, which led to an NFL policy change regarding how it handles domestic violence cases. Rice's contract was terminated by the Ravens on September 8, 2014, following the release of an additional video of the incident.

High school career

Rice attended New Rochelle High School in New Rochelle, New York. He played for the school's football team as its primary running back. He led his team to a state title as a junior in 2003. Rice holds the state record for yards in a single game: he gained 462 yards on 42 carries on October 24, 2004.[citation needed]

College career

Rice (27) with Rutgers.

Rice attended Rutgers University, where he played for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights football team from 2005 to 2007. In 2005 (Rice's freshman year), Rutgers had its first winning season in 25 years and played in only the second bowl in the football program's then 136 year history. In 2006, the Scarlet Knights won a school record-tying 11 games and registered the school's highest ever season-ending national poll ranking, finishing at #12 in both the Associated Press and Coach's Polls.

As a true freshman Rice finished the season as the starting tailback for Rutgers. Rice rushed for 1120 yards and 5 TDs during his freshman campaign, including a 217-yard performance against the Connecticut Huskies.

Rice gained 1,794 rushing yards in 2006 with 20 touchdowns. His total in 2006 set Rutgers' single-season rushing yardage record, shattering J. J. Jennings' mark of 1,353 set in 1973. Rice's backfield partner during his freshman and sophomore seasons was fullback Brian Leonard. Leonard considered entering the NFL Draft in 2006 but stayed for his senior year and took on a less prominent role in the offense which aided Rice's rise to stardom.[3] Rice was also a finalist for the Maxwell Award and finished seventh in the Heisman Trophy voting. Rice was named Big East offensive player of the week a school-record three times in 2006. All three times, Rice rushed for over 200 yards, including a career high 225 yard game against the Pittsburgh Panthers. Rice ended his sophomore season with 170 yards on 24 carries with 1 touchdown during the inaugural Texas Bowl to give Rutgers its first bowl victory ever in a 37–10 win. He was named MVP of the game.[4]

Rice was widely considered a candidate for both the Maxwell Award and Heisman Trophy in 2007. On October 6, 2007 against the Cincinnati Bearcats, Rice scored his 35th career rushing touchdown, setting the all time program record.On November 9, 2007 against the Army Black Knights, Rice ran for 243 yards and scored twice in the 41–6 win against Army, setting a new school record previously set by Terrell Willis in 1994, and his new single game record.[5] On January 5, 2008, at the second annual International Bowl in Toronto, Rice ran for a new school record of 280 yards, along with 4 touchdowns as Rutgers beat Ball State University 52–30. One of the TD runs was the longest of his career—a 90-yard scamper. Rice won the MVP award for his performance. On January 8, 2008, Rice declared his intention to enter the 2008 NFL draft.[6]

Professional career

2008 NFL Combine

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
5 ft 8 in 199 lb 4.37 s 1.47 s 2.52 s 4.17 s 6.65 s 39.5 in 10 ft 1 in 23 reps
All values from NFL Combine

Draft

Rice was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the second round (55th overall) of the 2008 NFL Draft and signed a 4-year deal with the Ravens worth $2.805 million plus a $1.1 million signing bonus. He wore number #39 during the preseason then switched to #27 (his number at Rutgers), after the Ravens cut cornerback Ronnie Prude.

Baltimore Ravens

2008 season

Rice made his first start in his first NFL game (Week 1 of the 2008 season against the Bengals). Rice had a team-high 22 carries which was good for 64 yards, fumbling once. Rice also had three receptions for 19 yards, in the Ravens 17–10 win over the Cincinnati Bengals. Rice had his best game of the season in Week 9 against the Cleveland Browns filling in for the injured Willis McGahee where he ran for 156 yards on 21 carries. Rice finished out the season with 546 rushing yards on 107 carries and had 273 receiving yards on 33 receptions.

Rice signing autographs in 2009.
Rice at Ravens practice.

2009 season

It was announced during training camp that Rice won the starting running back job over Willis McGahee for the 2009 NFL season, and that Le'Ron McClain would be switching back to full-time fullback duties. McClain and McGahee had been the primary running backs the previous year.

In the season opener against the Kansas City Chiefs, Rice rushed for 108-yards on 19 carries, which was his second career 100-yard rushing game.

In week 3, Rice rushed for his first pro touchdown against the Browns. On October 11, 2009, he caught his first touchdown reception against the Cincinnati Bengals. On October 18, 2009, (Week 6) Rice led his team in both rushing and receiving yards against the Minnesota Vikings. He rushed for 77-yards off 10 carries, scoring 2 touchdowns. He also caught 10 passes for 117-yards in the loss. In week 14, Rice had career-bests 166 rushing yards and 216 total yards, scoring one touchdown. In week 16 at the Pittsburgh Steelers, Rice rushed for a career-high 30 times for 141 yards, which broke a Steelers streak of 32 consecutive games without a 100-yard rusher.

He finished the season with 254 carries for 1,339 yards and 7 touchdowns, averaging 5.3 yards per carry.

Rice was selected to the 2010 Pro Bowl, his first, on December 29, 2009.[7]

In the wildcard playoff game against the New England Patriots on January 10, 2010, Rice scored an 83-yard touchdown on the first offensive play for the Ravens, the longest play for the Ravens that season, the longest rush of his NFL career and the 2nd longest rush in NFL postseason history.[8]

2010 season

On December 20, 2010, against the New Orleans Saints, Rice amassed a career-best 233 yards from scrimmage (153 rushing and 80 receiving) to go along with two touchdowns. The 233 yards are also the third most in Ravens franchise history.[9] For his efforts, Rice was awarded his first AFC Offensive Player of the Week award. On January 9, 2011, in the Wild Card round of the playoffs against the Kansas City Chiefs, Rice became the first Ravens RB to have a receiving touchdown in a playoff game. Ray Rice finished the 2010 season with 1,220 total rushing yards, and 556 total receiving yards. This was his second straight season to amass 1000 rushing yards.

Rice (left) and Kris Wilson before a 2011 game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

2011 season

The 2011 season started off well for Rice. In week 1 against the Pittsburgh Steelers Rice gained 107 yards rushing and 1 touchdown, while making 4 receptions for 42 yards and 1 touchdown. The Ravens would win that game 35 to 7. This performance was only the second time a running back had gained more than 100 rushing yards against the Steelers defense since the 2009 season, both belonging to Rice. In week 10 he threw his first career passing touchdown. It was a 1 yard completion to tight end Ed Dickson in a loss to the Seattle Seahawks. In week 13 of the 2011 NFL season Rice ran for 204 yards on the Browns including a 68 yard run and 1 touchdown. Ray Rice had four games so far in the season where he has rushed for more than 100 yards, and has over 1000 yards rushing for a third straight season. For his play against the Patriots, Rice won AFC Offensive Player Of The Week. For his performance, Rice was also tabbed as the new cover athlete for the NFL Blitz video game by EA Sports available on XBLA and PSN. In the following game, Rice ran for 103 yards on 26 carries and averaged almost 4 yards per carry while scoring a touchdown and a losing fumble in the win against the Indianapolis Colts. In week 17 against the Bengals Rice rushed for 191 yards that includes a 70 yard touchdown run in the first two minutes of the game and then rushed for a 51 yard touchdown. Rice finished the season with 1364 yards off 291 attempts averaging 4.7 yards a carry. He also had 12 TDs. He was 2nd in the league in total rush yards and finished 1st in total yards from scrimmage. Rice had 704 receiving yards off 76 catches averaging 9.3 yards a reception. Rice was selected to his second Pro-Bowl in 2011 and voted to the NFL All Pro Team.

2012 season

On July 16, 2012, Rice agreed to a 5-year, $35 million deal with the Baltimore Ravens after being franchise tagged earlier in the offseason.[10]

On November 25, 2012, the Ravens were down 3 with under 2 minutes left in the game away against the San Diego Chargers. The Ravens had the ball at their own 37 on a 4th and extremely long 29. Quarterback Joe Flacco passed short middle to Rice, who followed up by avoiding defenders for 30 yards and getting the first down in what Ravens' coach John Harbaugh dubbed as the play that will "go down in history." [11] The Ravens went on to tie the game at the conclusion of the drive with a field goal, and won the game in overtime. For his performance, he received the AFC offensive Player of the Week award [12] and the GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Week Award.[13]

On February 3, 2013, the Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII, earning Rice his first Super Bowl ring.

2013 season

In 2013, Rice got off to a slow start. He was injured, and the Ravens' offense was not functioning properly. In Week 11, Rice had his best game of the season, rushing for 131 yards on 25 carries in the Ravens 23-20 overtime loss to the Bears. He rushed for 660 yards on 214 carries for 4 touchdowns on the season.

2014 season

While on suspension for his domestic violence case, Rice was released by the Ravens on September 8, 2014. After the public release of the video of the incident, the NFL announced Rice was suspended indefinitely.[14] Moreover, the Ravens pulled all Rice items from their pro shop the day he was released, and announced an exchange program the day after.[15] Shortly after, it was announced that Rice would appeal the suspension on the grounds that he was suspended twice for the same offense, which is a violation of league rules.[16]

Career statistics

Source: NFL.com

Regular Season Rushing Receiving Fumbles
Season Team Games Played Games Started Att Yds Avg Yds/G Long TD Rec Yds Avg Yds/G Long TD Fum Lost
2008 Baltimore 13 4 107 454 4.2 34.9 60 0 33 273 8.3 21.0 40 0 1 1
2009 Baltimore 16 15 254 1,339 5.3 83.7 59t 7 78 702 9.0 43.9 63 1 3 3
2010 Baltimore 16 14 307 1,220 4.0 76.2 50 5 63 556 8.8 34.8 34 1 0 0
2011 Baltimore 16 16 291 1,364 4.7 85.2 70t 12 76 704 9.3 44.0 52 3 2 2
2012 Baltimore 16 16 257 1,143 4.4 71.4 46 9 61 478 7.8 29.9 43 1 1 0
2013 Baltimore 15 15 214 660 3.1 44.0 47 4 58 321 5.5 21.4 22 0 2 2
Career total 92 80 1,430 6,180 4.3 67.2 70 37 369 3,034 8.2 33.0 63 6 9 8

Personal life

Early life

Ray Rice was born to Janet Rice and Calvin Reed. Calvin was killed when Ray was one. Rice's cousin, Myshaun Rice-Nichols, died when Rice was ten.[17][18][19][20]

Assault

On February 15, 2014, Rice and his fiancée Janay Palmer were arrested and charged with assault after a physical altercation at Revel Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Celebrity news website TMZ posted a video of Rice dragging Palmer's body out of an elevator after apparently knocking her out.[21] The Ravens issued a statement following TMZ's release of the video, calling Rice's domestic violence arrest a "serious matter". The matter is being handled by the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office.[22]

On March 27, 2014, a grand jury indicted Rice on third-degree aggravated assault, with a possible jail sentence of three to five years and a fine of up to $15,000.[23] Rice married Palmer on March 28, 2014.[24] For the incident, Rice was suspended for the first two games of the 2014 NFL season on July 25, 2014.[25] The criminal charges were later dropped after Rice agreed to undergo court-supervised counseling.[26] In a news conference announcing longer suspension lengths for future domestic violence incidents, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said that he "didn't get it right" in deciding Rice's punishment.[27]

On September 8, 2014, TMZ released additional footage from an elevator camera showing Rice punching Palmer. The Baltimore Ravens terminated Rice's contract as a result. Shortly afterward, Goodell announced that Rice had been suspended from the NFL indefinitely.[28][29]

References

  1. ^ This Week With George Stephanopoulos, August 31, 2014, 0:55 (h:mm) – "That's the dramatic video that sparked so much outrage. Baltimore Ravens' star Ray Rice shown dragging his then-girlfriend out of an elevator after punching her in the face..."
  2. ^ Tony Manfred (September 8, 2014). "Ray Rice Video Shows Him Knocking Fiancee Unconscious". Business Insider. Retrieved September 8, 2014. 
  3. ^ Pedulla, Tom. (April 17, 2007) RB Leonard carries one chance at two dreams. Usatoday.com. Retrieved on July 17, 2012.
  4. ^ "Rice gains 170 yards rushing in Rutgers' first bowl win". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 19, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Single Game Rush Record". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 19, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Rice Declares for 2008 NFL Draft". Retrieved September 19, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Baltimore Ravens – History – All-Time Pro Bowl". Baltimore Ravens. Retrieved September 8, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Baltimore 33, New England 14". ESPN. Retrieved January 12, 2010. 
  9. ^ Ravens Insider. Weblogs.baltimoresun.com (March 23, 2011). Retrieved on July 17, 2012.[dead link]
  10. ^ "Ray Rice of Baltimore Ravens signs 5-year, . Retrieved July 16, 2012.". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 19, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Ravens coach John Harbaugh says Ray Rice's Fourth and 29 play "will go down in history". Baltimore Sun. Retrieved September 19, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Ray Rice wins AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors". Retrieved September 19, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Ray Rice's heroics lift Ravens past Chargers voted Week 12 GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Week". Retrieved September 19, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Ray Rice released by Baltimore Ravens". NFL.com. 
  15. ^ Darren Rovell, "Fans can exchange Ray Rice jerseys," ESPN, September 9, 2014.
  16. ^ "Ray Rice plans to appeal suspension". ESPN.com. 
  17. ^ "Ray Rice's Amazing Story". BaltimoreBeatdown.com. May 19, 2010. 
  18. ^ "Ray Rice Biography". JockBio. 
  19. ^ "Janet Rice is Ray's Super inspiration". ESPN. 
  20. ^ "Fueled by tragedy, Ravens’ Rice never has forgotten roots on ascent to NFL stardom". NY Post. January 24, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Ray Rice -- Dragging Unconscious Fiancee ... After Alleged Mutual Attack" (video). TMZ. February 19, 2014. "TMZ Sports has obtained footage of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice dragging his fiancee (who appears to be out cold) out of an elevator in an Atlantic City casino ... moments after cops say they attacked each other on the property." 
  22. ^ "Atlantic County prosecutor taking over Ray Rice assault investigation after video shows him dragging unconscious woman out of Revel elevator". Philadelphia Inquirer (Interstate General Media, LLC). February 19, 2014. 
  23. ^ "Ravens' Ray Rice indicted". ESPN. March 28, 2014. 
  24. ^ Reyes, Lorenzo (March 29, 2014). "Report: Ray Rice marries woman he is accused of assaulting". USA Today. 
  25. ^ "Ray Rice suspended 2 games". ESPN. July 25, 2014. 
  26. ^ Ken Belson (September 9, 2014). "Ray Rice’s Wife Defends Him and Criticizes the Media". New York Times. Retrieved September 9, 2014. 
  27. ^ "Roger Goodell: NFL to change domestic violence policy; Ray Rice suspension length was mistake". The Dallas Morning News. August 28, 2014. 
  28. ^ Belson, Ken (September 8, 2014). "Ray Rice Cut by Ravens and Suspended by N.F.L.". nytimes.com. New York Times. 
  29. ^ "Ravens terminate Ray Rice's deal". ESPN. September 8, 2014. Retrieved September 8, 2014. 

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