Ray Rice brought his message of social responsibility and accountability back to Baltimore Ravens: Which other Rutgers great asked him back?
Ray Rice was back with the Baltimore Ravens … if only for an afternoon.
The former three-time Pro Bowl running back visited the team’s training facility Thursday to speak to the class of rookies for the second straight year.
The Ravens paid $1.58 million to Rice in a wrongful termination lawsuit after he was released in September 2014, but several of the organization’s executives remain on good terms with the former Rutgers star, according to the Baltimore Sun.
One of them is another former Rutgers star: Harry Swayne, who is the Ravens director of player development. Swayne leads the player engagement program, which brought in Rice and his former Ravens teammate Cory Redding as speakers.
Both Rice and Swayne, who played defensive line for the Scarlet Knights in the 1980s, were named to NJ.com’s all-time Rutgers non-New Jersey team.
Rice, 30, recently took on an expanded but unofficial role as running backs coach for New Rochelle (N.Y.) High School, where he starred and is a member of the town’s Walk of Fame. He remains interested in resuming his NFL playing career, though the odds of a second chance on the field get less and less likely as time progresses.
Rice’s first official partnership with the NFL since his release was taking part in a video to remind NFL players about social responsibility. The former Super Bowl champion hasn’t played a NFL game since he was arrested and seen on video punching his then-fiancee and now-wife in the elevator of an Atlantic City casino in February 2014.
Rice has spoken to athletes on every level across sports — including the Don Bosco High School football team and Rutgers football — about the importance of making good decisions and being accountable for your actions.
Over the last three years, he has apologized profusely, accepted full responsibility and become a leading speaker against domestic violence towards women.
Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti is on record saying he would consider bringing Rice back to the organization in a player engagement role. Rice was highly active in community service during his six-year tenure with the team.