If Baltimore Ravens fans had any concerns about head coach John Harbaugh’s eye for talent entering his first NFL Draft, they surely felt better after the team’s first two selections. Harbaugh and the Ravens drafted Delaware quarterback Joe Flacco with the No. 18 overall and used a second-round pick on Ray Rice, a 5-foot-8 All-American running back from Rutgers. That duo helped the Ravens to five playoff appearances in six years and a Super Bowl championship in February 2013.
Unfortunately, the partnership ended early in the 2014 season after a video of Rice assaulting his fiancee was leaked onto the internet. Over six years after Ray Rice’s final carry in the NFL, what is the two-time All-Pro running back doing now?
Ray Rice was a terrific running back
At only 5-foot-8, Ray Rice was tiny by NFL running backs standards. Rice’s diminutive size didn’t stop him from thriving at Rutgers, where he shattered most of the program’s rushing records and finished seventh in the 2006 Heisman Trophy voting. Rather than stay at Rutgers for his senior season, Rice declared for the 2008 NFL Draft and joined the Ravens as part of a 1-2 punch with another one-time Heisman Trophy candidate, ex-Miami Hurricanes star Willis McGahee.
Rice didn’t need long to make an impact at the pro level. He averaged 4.2 yards per attempt on 107 carries and caught 33 passes as a rookie before becoming the Ravens’ starting running back in 2009. From there, Ray Rice was a essential weapon both on the ground and in the passing game. Rice ran for over 1,000 yards every year from 2009-12 and averaged 70 catches for 610 yards each year.
Rice ran for 306 yards and two touchdowns during the Ravens‘ Super Bowl run in early 2013. Although Rice slumped to just 660 yards on 3.1 yards per carry in 2013, there was optimism that Rice, still only 27, could bounce back in 2014.
Legal issues ended Rice’s career ended prematurely
There would be no comeback story for Ray Rice, however. Rice was suspended two games to start the 2014 season after he and his fiancee were arrested at a casino in Atlantic City, N.J. Rice was indicted on third-degree aggravated assault, but the charges were dropped after Rice agreed to counseling.
Baltimore released Rice on Sept. 8, 2014, after TMZ publicly leaked the assault video. Rice was also suspended indefinitely, although he appealed the suspension because the NFL violated league rules by suspending him twice for the same offense. Rice won his appeal and hoped to return to the NFL as recent as 2016. By 2018, Ray Rice saw the writing on the wall and officially announced his career was over.
Where is Ray Rice now?
When his NFL career ended, Rice returned to his hometown of New Rochelle, N.Y., and volunteered for his former high school’s football team. Rice was named New Rochelle’s running backs coach in 2017 and has remained on staff for one of the state’s top high school football programs. New Rochelle is 34-3 over the last three years.
New Rochelle went 13-0 last season and won the Class AA state football championship. The Huguenots’ outscored opponents 480-105 and won all but one game by double-digits.