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Ray Rice did.

Rice posted the above picture on his Facebook page on Sunday with the caption: “y’all catch the Preakness yesterday?”

Hilarious. His photo had over 11,000 likes and nearly two thousand shares on Facebook at the time this was posted.

If you’re wondering whether a football player can actually beat a horse in a race, I present you with this.

Eric LeGrand, Ray Rice support Rutgers AD Tim Pernetti

Tim PernettiEric LeGrand and Ray Rice were among the notable former Rutgers athletes who expressed their support of athletic director Tim Pernetti (pictured), who resigned Friday amid the scandal over fired basketball coach Mike Rice.

Rice was suspended three games by the school in December after school officials saw video of him physically and verbally abusing his players in practice. Once that video was shown by ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” this week, many were outraged over the coach’s behavior. There were immediate calls for Rice to be fired, and questions about why Pernetti continued to employ him.

Pernetti resigned, saying he wished he had moved to fire the coach in December. He said in his statement that the school was hesitant to fire the coach before reviewing the whole legal process.

“I have spent a great deal of time reflecting on the events which led to today,” Pernetti said in his letter. “As you know, my first instincts when I saw the videotape of Coach Rice’s behavior was to fire him immediately. However, Rutgers decided to follow a process involving university lawyers, human resources professionals, and outside counsel. Following review of the independent investigative report, the consensus was that university policy would not justify dismissal. I have admitted my role in, and regret for, that decision, and wish that I had the opportunity to go back and override it for the sake of everyone involved.”

That may not have been entirely accurate, because some say Pernetti could have reasonably fired Rice on account of misconduct.

Former Rutgers football players Ray Rice and Eric LeGrand were supportive of Pernetti during the controversy. Rice, a running back for the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, called Pernetti a “great man” and lauded him for getting Rutgers in the Big Ten.

LeGrand, a former RU offensive lineman who was paralyzed in an October 2010 game, was even more supportive of Pernetti:

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Ray Rice speaks out against bullying on behalf of victim Bailey O’Neill

A 12-year-old boy named Bailey O’Neill died at a hospital in Delaware on Sunday, one day after his birthday. O’Neill had been in a coma after suffering several seizures which stemmed from a bullying incident at school. His family says he was jumped by two classmates during recess at Darby Township School back in January and left with a concussion and a broken nose.

On Sunday afternoon, Ray Rice (or one of his publicists) took to Facebook to speak out against bullying on behalf of the O’Neill family.

After learning last Thursday that doctors said Bailey had no longer had any brain activity, I reached out to the family and was able to spend about 45 minutes on the phone with them. I could hear their sadness, worry, frustration and grief. They would be faced with removing their son, cousin, nephew, and best friend from life support.

I don’t think I will ever be able to understand why kids bully each other and how we are all sitting here after yet another “bully death” getting ready to go through this difficult task of picking up the pieces and the even more difficult task of forgiving so we can heal.

The students who beat O’Neill have been suspended for two days, but it’s unclear if they are going to be criminally charged. Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan said investigators are in the process of determining whether or not the injuries Bailey suffered during the bullying incident are what caused his seizures. Rice urged parents and teachers to treat bullying as an illness and give it more attention.

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Ray Rice fell off float at Ravens’ Super Bowl parade (Video)

Ray Rice paradeRay Rice had a bit of a miscue during the Baltimore Ravens’ Super Bowl victory parade on Tuesday. As you can see in the video above, the Ravens running back fell off a float at some point during the parade.

Rice actually told WFAN’s Boomer & Carton about the incident during an interview on Wednesday.

“You know, the float stopped short and I fell off of it, but I caught myself,” Rice told the hosts. “I’m good though. I’m telling y’all that because y’all are my boys. Ray Rice has no injuries. I fell off the float, but I’m good.”

Gotta love the way Rice went all third-person on us in that interview. Like a true Pro Bowl running back, he did bounce back from the fall quickly and had a massive smile on his face as soon as he recovered.

I wonder what he calls that play. At least his spill wasn’t that bad — we’ve seen much worse when it comes to victory parade mishaps.

H/T Deadspin

Ray Rice saves game for Ravens with amazing play on 4th and 29

The Baltimore Ravens were trailing the San Diego Chargers by a field goal with less than two minutes left to play on Sunday, and it appeared the game was over. The Ravens were facing fourth down, but not just any fourth down — 4th and 29. Joe Flacco saw nothing open downfield, so he checked it down to Ray Rice. A checkdown on 4th and 29? Might as well wave the white flag.

Not so fast. Rice caught the ball with room to run and somehow eluded several Chargers defenders to pick up 30 yards and keep the drive alive. Baltimore went on to tie the game at 13-13 with a field goal and then win in overtime.

The way I see it, the play was a microcosm of the seasons both teams are having. San Diego has choked at the most significant times all year long while the Ravens seem to always find a way to win. Having a playmaker like Rice has certainly helped make that possible.

Ray Rice: I wasn’t disrespectful with Terrible Towel

Ray Rice spoke this week to clear up matters regarding his use of the Pittsburgh Steelers “Terrible Towel.”

The Baltimore Ravens running back was photographed after his team’s 13-10 win over the Steelers last week with a Terrible Towel draped over his head. The Terrible Towels are waved by Steelers fans during games, and they’re considered a key accessory for the team’s supporters.

Rice wanted to explain his side after Pittsburgh linebacker LaMarr Woodley objected to his use of one. He says he had the towel over his head after trading his gloves to a Steelers fan for it.

“I actually asked a fan to trade like I’ve been trading jerseys with guys at the end of the game,” Rice said this week, per The Baltimore Sun. “So, I didn’t stomp it or do anything wrong. I actually walked out with it and I think I’m going to save it and put it in my basement to cherish the rivalry. It’s not like you get out there and do derogatory stuff and spit, no none of that stuff. If you think about it, where I’m at in my career, you cherish these rivalries, cherish the moments.

“I apologize to those who saw it as disrespectful. For me, I thought it was a pretty cool gesture, exchanging my gloves with a fan and walking out with it. Obviously, getting a victory there was cool and I leave it in the past. Their fans are great, the organization is great and the rivalry is always going to continue to be great. To have something in your basement to know what the rivalry is all about is pretty cool I’ve been exchanging jerseys with guys. My basement is geting pretty colorful down there with other teams’ stuff. [Having the towel was] not maliciously, just more out of respect.”

Rice also said he understood why the Steelers could have been upset, acknowledging that they may have been upset with him simply having one or messing with it. But he continued to clarify that he got it as a collector’s item and that he respects it.

Rice’s clarification should be enough to ingratiate him with Steelers fans, but when it comes to players like Woodley who will use anything for motivation on the field, the words may be meaningless.

Photo Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

LaMarr Woodley tells Ray Rice using a Terrible Towel was a ‘bad idea’

Ray Rice was spotted with a Terrible Towel draped over his head after the Baltimore Ravens defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night, and Pittsburgh linebacker LaMarr Woodley is not happy about it. Woodley apparently felt it was disrespectful of Rice, and he took to Twitter on Tuesday morning to warn him about it and remind everyone about two players who have done it in the past.

For those who are wondering, Around the League reminded us that Lendale White stomped on a Terrible Towel in 2008 while T.J. Houshmandzadeh used one to clean his cleats back in 2005. Woodley was still in college for the Housmandzadeh incident, but he is apparently well-read in Terrible Towel history. Both teams — White’s in 2008 and Houshmanzadeh’s in 2005 — tanked in the postseason and the Steelers went on to win the Super Bowl.

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