Ray Rice will go down as one of the most controversial NFL players of all time.

The ex-Baltimore Ravens star was as consistent as any other running back in professional football, but a 2014 domestic violence arrest ended his career instantly.

What has Rice been up to after his time in the NFL ended?

Ray Rice at Rutgers

Ray Rice had an impressive high school career and opted to remain close to home and play for Rutgers. The New Jersey school may not be competing for a College Football Playoff berth anytime soon, but they were a force in the Big East when Rice attended.

Over three years with the Scarlet Knights, he rushed for 4,926 yards and scored 50 touchdowns.

Ray Rice with the Baltimore Ravens 

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After an impressive college career, Rice declared for the 2008 NFL Draft and got taken in the second round by the Baltimore Ravens. Head coach John Harbaugh leaned on him often and Rice became a premier running back in the league.


Rice represented the AFC in the Pro Bowl three times, and the Ravens won a Super Bowl in 2012 with Rice on the roster.

In 2014, the wheels fell off of Rice’s career. Video footage obtained and distributed by TMZ showed Rice assaulting then-fiancee Janay Palmer (now Janay Rice) in an Atlantic City casino.

Rice was charged with aggravated assault, and Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended him for two games. The Commissioner received ample amounts of criticism for this sentence, as many deemed it much too short.

The Ravens released Rice from his contract in September of that year, and he has yet to crack an NFL team’s roster since.

Ray Rice Now

Ray Rice is finished in pro football and won’t ever receive a second chance. It is hard to blame any team for not wanting to be associated with him, but it is interesting to ponder why Kareem Hunt hasn’t received the same treatment.


He was suspended while on the Kansas City Chiefs for a similar infraction, but after serving his suspension, he signed with the Cleveland Browns and still has a prominent role.

These days, Ray Rice has worked as a running backs coach for New Rochelle High school’s football team. He used to dominate games against the Bengals, Browns, and Steelers twice a year, but that feels like a lifetime ago.

No amount of apologies will be enough to give him a spot in the NFL.

Rice has made appearances on ESPN‘s Outside the Lines and CBS This Morning to help rehabilitate his image.

Although he said he felt physically and mentally healthy for the first time while speaking with Gayle King, it would be shocking to see him take the field ever again.

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Matt is a recent graduate of New York University with a degree in Sports Management. He is a passionate New York Yankees, New York Islanders, and Minnesota Vikings fan. He also has a podcast about minor league baseball called "On the Farm."
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