Ray Rice is no stranger at overcoming adversity. Ray Rice never knew his father who was killed by a drive by shooting when Rice was only a year old. His only father-figure in his life, his cousin Myshon Rice-Nichols, took care of him after his fathers death. But Rice-Nichols was also fatally wounded after being hit by a drunk driver.
But the story of Ray Rice isn’t going to be the tragedies in his life, but how he has overcome those tragedies and turned his life into a triumph.
Ray Rice and Rutgers will forever by synonymous even though Rice only spent 3 seasons sporting on the scarlet red uniform. He was able to score 35 career rushing touchdowns in college, and after his junior season was in the discussion for the Heisman Award as the best player in the country.
A lot to expect for a 5’8 running back who is featured for a Rutgers team that was scarcely heard of before the arrival of Rice in 2005. But this particular Scarlet Knight isn’t one to focus on the negatives, but to keep chopping wood all the way to victory.
That sort of perseverance is paying off.
Rice wasted no time on making his mark in the NFL postseason, when on the first play of scrimmage in the Ravens Wild-Card game against the New England Patriots, he scampered to the end-zone for an 83 yard touchdown run. With many experts viewing Rice as the central catalyst of the Ravens offense, Baltimore was able to annihilate the Patriots by a score of 33-14 in Gillette Stadium.
It was a victory that established Rice as one of the best running-backs in the NFL, finishing with 159 yards and 2 touchdowns, leaving the Patriots dynasty helpless the entire game. Hall of Fame shoe-ins Tom Brady and Bill Bellichek replied to the media the old “give them a lot of credit” line, as they were left to ponder exactly how they were so thoroughly dominated.
Well, Ray Rice might have some idea.
In 2009 he was accumulated over 2000 total yards, which helped Rice become featured in his the 2010 Pro-Bowl as the AFC’s 3rd rusher. Personal statistics aside, Rice has been known to take time out of his busy NFL schedule to visit his mothers pre-school where she helps mentally and physically challenged kids. Rice has been trained to stick to a strict schedule since college and get plenty of sleep to let his body recover.
It’s a good thing too. Ray Rice’s body will need to rest in the off-season before he will look to build on an already impressive season where he led his team to a playoff win, and an NFL Pro-Bowl appearance. The Ray Rice Rookie Card is a card of one of the good guys, as well as an awfully good NFL running back.