Torrey Smith Believes Ray Rice Deserves Another Chance in the NFL

By Rachel Wold

Running back Ray Rice hasn’t been on a football field since this past August when he played for the Baltimore Ravens. Trying to put his domestic violence episode behind him, Rice hopes for another shot at playing in the NFL.

Showing support for his former teammate, wide receiver Torrey Smith believes the running back should be given another opportunity (via TMZ Sports).

“Good people make mistakes. I believe in second chances and I think society is supposed to be built on the idea that you can suffer consequences and come back.

“People sometimes want you to apologize a certain way, crying or all upset. He’s made things right with his wife and family and earned respect with his actions since the incident.”

“He’s a way better person than he showed on that tape.”

Smith spent three seasons playing with Rice from 2011-2013.

Unfortunately, the image of Rice striking his wife on that tape is the one that sticks with many people. Rice was arrested for the episode in February of 2014 and charged with felony aggravated assault. He avoided going to jail since he entered into a pretrial intervention program. When the video of the elevator incident was made public in September of 2014, Rice’s contract was terminated by the Ravens.

Since then, Rice has received no interest from any NFL teams for her services. Rice’s NFL career thus far consists of six seasons with the Baltimore Ravens where he totaled 6,180 rushing yards and 37 touchdowns. He’s also made three trips to the Pro Bowl and has one Super Bowl championship. The longer the 28-year-old running back remains a free agent, the chances of seeing him suit up with any team seem to be fading away.

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