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Ray Rice talks past mistakes with Florida State football team

Ray Rice talks past mistakes with Florida State football team

BY KEVIN CONNELL (@_KevinConnell)

Before its season-opening win against No. 11 Ole Miss on Monday night, the Florida State football team was receiving words of wisdom from Ray Rice.

Rice, a former Ravens running back, spoke with the Seminoles during fall camp last month about the domestic violence incident that forced him out of the NFL.

“I made the worst decision of my life and the reality of it is I’m not playing football right now not because I’m not good enough but because I made the worst decision in my life,” Rice said. “So you guys got to understand that it all came down to decision making.”

Rice, 29, has not played in the NFL since the Feb. 15, 2014 incident, when he was caught on video punching his then-fiancée in the face. The punch knocked her unconscious.

The Ravens cut Rice that September after the video was released to the public.

“But the No. 1 rule is you got to learn to deal with it. You really do,” Rice said. “One thing I learned throughout this process is we're never not man enough to ask for help. I was too busy trying to be the man instead of a man. Chasing that dream trying to be the man got me the man on the outside looking in.

"And that's the truth. The only way I can explain it to you guys is that this community right here, this is therapy for me. Because as your brother, I can't allow you to go through the same decision-making process as me.”

Rice’s speech to the team was released as a short clip on YouTube by Showtime for its all-access series “A Season With Florida State Football.”

During halftime of Florida State’s 45-34 win over Ole Miss, former Seminoles quarterback Jameis Winston also spoke with the team.

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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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