When Ray Rice was released by the Ravens in September 2014 after the now infamous elevator tape leaked to the public, many wondered if Rice would ever be on the field again. Now it appears as if Rice has found his way back on the field, but this time as a coach.
Rice will be a co-running backs coach with former Raven Priest Holmes for this year's NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. Rice and Holmes are both serving under Mike Martz, who is coaching the National Team. The Collegiate Bowl is described as the "premier post-season football game for NFL-draft eligible college players." In addition to playing football, players are also introduced to their role in the league and receive crucial business advice, courtesy of the players' union.
Rice is very much looking forward to this opportunity to make an impact on the future of the league. After his eventful flight from football, Rice made it clear that he wished to give back to the sport he loved.
"I think the NFL has such a huge platform, and I've seen the platform I had when I was playing, when I would go out and help people. I go out now, and I don't have an NFL platform, but I'm going out there and helping people out. So if I never played a down again, why not see if I could use their platform to go out there and help make a difference?" - Ray Rice on SportsCenter (Nov. '15)
The fifth-annual NFLPA Collegiate Bowl is scheduled for a 3 p.m. PT / 6 p.m. ET kickoff on Jan. 23 and will air nationally on ESPN2. In addition, American and National Team practices on January 20 and 21 will be televised live on ESPNU. The game and practices will also be available via WatchESPN.