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Ray Rice: 'I do want to play football again'

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Ray Rice: 'I do want to play football again'

Former Ravens running back Ray Rice continues to hold out hope that his NFL career isn't over, even as teams needing running back help continue to look elsewhere.

In a sweeping interview on the Dan Patrick Show on Thursday, Rice discussed the domestic violence incident and infamous elevator video that abruptly ended his Ravens career and whether his NFL career can ever be resuscitated.

Rice acknowledged "the worst decision of my life," and said that he went into a "real dark place" after seeing the elevator video for the first time. He said he is bracing for the time when he must discuss the incident with his daughter, Rayven, who is almost 4, and stressed that he wants her to learn about it from Rice and his wife, rather than from the Internet.

"The moment is gonna come when I have to speak to her ... I would hate for her to type in my name and the first thing that comes up is the video," he said.

"In February, we'll be two years removed from the incident," Rice says at one point, "and it still feels like yesterday."

 As for resuming his playing career, Rice said, "I do want to play football again ... I'm not ready to give up."

"I want to go back and I want to play for my pride, for my daughter to see me hang up the cleats the right way," he added.

Rice said he had hoped he would get a call earlier in the year or during training camp, but that never  happened. And it might not ever again. He is now 28 and almost two full years removed from his last action, a 2013 season in which he had a career-low 3.1 yards a carry.

Although Rice said his agent has had "supportive" conversations with teams, nothing has come of any of it. So Rice sits -- or more accurately works out -- and waits even while realizing that Greg Hardy, with his own domestic violence history, is playing for the Cowboys. Hardy, Rice said, "got a second chance."

It's not there aren't jobs out there; Jonas Gray, Bryce Brown, Kendall Hunter, Pierre Thomas and Montee Ball have all accomplished less than Rice and have been signed recently by teams looking for running back help.  

The Ravens lost Justin Forsett to a season-ending broken arm, though Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti had closed the door on Rice returning to the Ravens as a player after he was released.

"As much as I'm hoping for an opportunity as  a second chance to play in the game, I'm thankful for my second chance at life," Rice told Patrick. "I'm not incarcerated, and I have a chance to raise my family and be the man that I'm capable of being."

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

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Fellow dance student of Ravens' Alex Collins fatally shot in Florida school shooting

On Wednesday, February 14, a horrific school shooting claimed the lives of 17 innocent people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. 

The tragic event impacted people far and wide, and hit especially close to home for Ravens running back Alex Collins.

The former Arkansas star was born in Plantation, Fla., a suburb of Fort Lauderdale and went to high school just 15 miles south of Douglas High School. 

In the offseason, Collins took Irish dancing lessons to improve his footwork, and following the act of terror, the Ravens' tailback learned that one of his dance partners had been killed in the mass shooting.

17-year-old Cara Loughran attended The Drake school of Irish Dance with Collins in addition to two other Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and was fatally shot by the gunman on Wednesday afternoon. 

Collins took to his Twitter account to issue this heartfelt message.

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“The school shooting yesterday hit home,” Collins wrote.

“We received confirmation a few hours ago we lost one of the girls, Cara Loughran. Two other girls saw and experienced unspeakable tragedy. My heart goes out to these girls, all their families and their teacher Chrissy.”

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

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Baltimore Ravens to take on Chicago Bears in Hall of Fame game

BALTIMORE -- The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will launch the NFL's 99th season by playing in the annual Hall of Fame game on Aug. 2.

The Ravens' first appearance in the Hall of Fame game, which launches the league's 2018 Enshrinement Week. Former Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis is among the inductees, along with former Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher.

Lewis, who played 17 seasons with the Ravens, and Urlacher, who played all of his 13 seasons with Chicago, both were elected on the first ballot.

Lewis joins Jonathan Ogden as the only Ravens in the Hall of Fame. Both were selected by Baltimore in the first round of the 1996 draft.

The other members of the Class of 2018 include Bobby Beathard, Robert Brazile, Brian Dawkins, Jerry Kramer, Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. All will be inducted on Saturday, Aug. 4.

This will be the record-tying fifth time that the Bears will play in the Hall of Fame game. They won the previous four, most recently 27-24 over Miami in 2005.

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