Ray Rice on life after incident, waiting for second chance in the NFL (VIDEO)

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Former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice sat down with Dan Patrick on “The Dan Patrick Show” Thursday morning to discuss his life since video emerged of Rice knocking out his then-fiance — now wife — in an elevator at the Revel Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City on Feb. 15, 2014.

The video showed Rice, a former second-round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft, strike his fiance with a vicious punch and then proceed to drag her limp body from the elevator.

Rice explained how he felt “ashamed and embarrassed” when he was out in a public in the aftermath of the video’s release. He and his wife, Janay Rice, leaned on each other for support in order to shake off the depression, while the two felt like it was them “against the world.”

Rice also talked about his three-year-old daughter and how one day he will have to explain the mistake he made and the incident that occurred. The future conversation is “something that I think about day-to-day, everyday of my life,” Rice said. While it’s a thought that haunts him, Rice said his daughter’s presence has been crucial during this period of his life.

“She has been a true blessing for me,” Rice said. “She has that ability to take something that seems so bad for me that turned out to be so good. I get to take my daughter to school. I don’t have to call people to do things for me. I get to physically be there for my daughter.”

Rice’s initial two-game suspension was extended to an indefinite ban during the 2014-2015 season when the shocking elevator video came out. While he remains exiled from the NFL, Rice hasn’t given up on his professional career. His agent remains in contact with teams for a potential second chance.

Rice has seen players with domestic violence issues, like Greg Hardy, receive second chances before him, but he holds out hope that his time will come.

“I do want to play football again and I’m not ready to give up,” Rice said.

Why does Rice want to return to the field so bad?

“For my daughter to see me hang up my cleats the right way,” he said.

Bennett doesn’t fear backlash for skipping White House trip


HOUSTON (AP) Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett says he is not worried about upsetting team owner Robert Kraft by not attending New England’s trip to the White House as Super Bowl champions.

Bennett said after the Patriots’ 34-28 win over the Falcons on Sunday night that he’s “not going to go” to the traditional meet-and-greet with the president. It will be the first visit of a Super Bowl champion to Washington since Donald Trump was sworn into office.

Trump’s positions have alienated some athletes, which has raised questions about whether some might choose to skip the trip while the new president is in office.

But Bennett said he isn’t concerned about it and thinks the team believes “in whatever I want to do.”

Kraft is a supporter of Trump and attended a celebration dinner in Washington for him the night before his inauguration.

Patriots’ Tom Brady earns 4th Super Bowl MVP trophy with epic comeback


HOUSTON (AP) The greatest quarterback in NFL history led the biggest Super Bowl comeback to be the MVP on Sunday night.

Tom Brady rallied New England from a 25-point third-quarter deficit for a 34-28 win over the Atlanta Falcons in the first overtime game in Super Bowl history to earn his fifth Super Bowl title and fourth MVP trophy.

“They’re all sweet,” he said. “They’re all different and this was just an incredible team and I’m just happy to be a part of it,” he said.

Brady threw touchdown passes of 5 and 6 yards in the second half and tied things at 28-28 when he connected withDanny Amendola on a 2-point conversion with 57 seconds left.

He then directed the drive in overtime which ended with a 2-yard run by James White to make the Patriots the first team to win a Super Bowl after trailing by more than 10 points.

“We all brought each other back,” he said. “We never felt out of it. It was a tough battle.”

His performance certainly wasn’t without its struggles. His incredible second half and overtime came after a first half where the Patriots managed just three points and he threw an interception which Robert Alford returned 82 yards for a touchdown. He was hurried and harassed for much of the games. The Falcons sacked him five times and hit him on another eight occasions.

He noted the beating he took when he was trying to recount the details of the comeback and couldn’t remember what the score was at one point in the rally.

“There was a lot of (stuff) that happened tonight,” he said. “I got hit pretty hard.”

His 466 yards passing are a Super Bowl record, surpassing the 414 yards Kurt Warner had 17 years ago. He also set a record for most passes completed in a Super Bowl with 43 and most attempts with 62.

He is the first to play in seven Super Bowls and the victory ties him with Charles Haley for most Super Bowl rings.

After all Brady has done in his career, was this his finest moment?

“Tom’s had a lot of great ones,” coach Bill Belichick said. “But, yeah tonight was one of them.”

It’s a triumphant end to a difficult season for Brady, who missed the first four games because of his “Deflategate” suspension and dealt with his mother Galynn Brady suffering through an undisclosed illness. The Super Bowl was the first game she’s attended all season.

“They’re all happy,” he said fighting back tears. “It’s nice to have everybody here and it’s going to be a great celebration tonight.”

He shared a quick moment with her right after the game, but was looking forward to more time with her in the upcoming days.

“It’s kind of madness after the game so I didn’t get much quality time with her but we’ll get it this week,” he said.

But he certainly wasn’t asking for sympathy for his rough road to this title though, chuckling when someone asked about the adversity the Patriots have gone through in the past couple of years.

“We’ve done pretty good over the last few years … so I don’t think anyone’s feeling bad for the Patriots,” he said. “I don’t think anyone feels bad for the Patriots.”

Brady also collected the MVP trophy in 2001, 2003 and 2014.

“It was just a lot of mental toughness by our team and we’re going to remember this one for the rest of our lives,” Brady said.

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