I have never met Ray Rice. I never met him when he starred for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. I have never met him since he has been a Pro-Bowl running back and Super Bowl winner for the Baltimore Ravens. I have never spoken with him. I have never emailed him. I have never even tweeted with him.
I have watched him play football. I have watched him give it his all after many said he was too small to ever play in the NFL. I have watched him make amazing plays on the field that show his effort and dedication to his teammates and his sport. I have even spent a first-round pick to draft Rice on my fantasy football team. It didn’t go well, but I cannot hold that against. Not as a person, at least.