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Ray Rice
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Rice at the Ravens' 2009 Training Camp.
No. 27     Baltimore Ravens
Running back
Personal information
Date of birth: (1987-01-22) January 22, 1987 (age 32)
Place of birth: New Rochelle, New York
High School: New Rochelle (NY)
Height: 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) Weight: 212 lb (96 kg)
Career information
College: Rutgers
NFL Draft: 2008 / Round: 2 / Pick: 55
Debuted in 2008 for the Baltimore Ravens
Career history
* Baltimore Ravens ( 2008–present)
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
* Super Bowl champion (XLVII)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2012
Rushing yards     5,520
Rushing average     4.5
Rushing TDs     33
Receptions     311
Receiving yards     2,713
Receiving TDs     6
Stats at NFL.com

Raymell Mourice Rice (born January 22, 1987) is an American football running back for the Baltimore Ravens of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Rutgers University, and was drafted by the Ravens in the second round of the 2008 NFL Draft. At the end of the 2012 season, he was ranked as the Ravens' second all-time leading rusher behind Jamal Lewis [7,801] with 5,520 yards, and also second in attempts (1216). He is ranked second all-time for rushing touchdowns (33) and third for combined touchdowns (36) in Ravens history.

High school careerEdit

Rice was the primary running back at New Rochelle High School and led his team to a state title in 2003.

College careerEdit

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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.[1] 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.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4]

Professional careerEdit

Baltimore RavensEdit

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.

2008 seasonEdit

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.

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2009 seasonEdit

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 runningbacks 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.

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.[5]

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2010 seasonEdit

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.[6] 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.

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2011 seasonEdit

The 2011 season has 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 has 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. He is currently second in the NFL in rushing yards, and second in total scrimmage yards. For his actions 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 run to wreak the Bengals chances of not going to the top seed. 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.

2012 seasonEdit

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.[7]

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." [8] 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 [9] and the GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Week Award.[10] On February 3, 2013, Ray Rice won his first Super Bowl. The Baltimore Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII.

Career statisticsEdit

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
Career total 77 65 1,216 5,520 4.5 71.7 70 33 311 2,713 8.7 35.2 63 6 7 6

Personal LifeEdit

In 2012, Rice became engaged to his high school sweetheart Janay Palmer. The couple has one daughter, Rayven Rice.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Pedulla, Tom. (2007-04-17) RB Leonard carries one chance at two dreams. Usatoday.com. Retrieved on 2012-07-17.
  2. Rice gains 170 yards rushing in Rutgers' first bowl win. Sports.espn.go.com (2006-12-29). Retrieved on 2012-07-17.
  3. Single Game Rush Record. Sports.espn.go.com (2007-11-09). Retrieved on 2012-07-17.
  4. Rice Declares for 2008 NFL Draft. Scarletknights.com (2008-01-08). Retrieved on 2012-07-17.
  5. "Baltimore 33, New England 14". ESPN. http://scores.espn.go.com/nfl/playbyplay?gameId=300110017. Retrieved 12 January 2010.
  6. Ravens Insider | Football news, analysis and video about the Baltimore Ravens and the NFL from the Baltimore Sun – baltimoresun.com. Weblogs.baltimoresun.com (2011-03-23). Retrieved on 2012-07-17.
  7. Ray Rice of Baltimore Ravens signs 5-year, $40M deal – ESPN. Espn.go.com (2008-01-01). Retrieved 16 July 2012.
  8. Ravens coach John Harbaugh says Ray Rice's Fourth and 29 play "will go down in history The Baltimore Sun (2012-11-26). Retrieved 28 November 2012.
  9. Ray Rice wins AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors. Darin Gantt, NBC Sports (2012-11-28).
  10. Ray Rice's heroics lift Ravens past Chargers voted Week 12 GMC Never Say Never Moment of the Week "NFL.com" Retrieved 1 December 2012.

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