NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Tuesday, January 19, 2016, 1:49 PM
Ray Rice will coach the running backs for the National Team in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.
The NFL’s outcast is creeping his way back into football.
Ray Rice will serve as a co-running backs coach in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl this Saturday in Carson, Calif.
The game is an opportunity for scouts to get a closer look at draft-eligible college players and for those players to receive advice on the business side of the league from current and former players.
That means Rice will be given a platform to speak with prospective NFL draftees, something he acknowledged as a goal in an interview with SportsCenter in November.
“I want to be able to spread all of my experiences to help other people, to make them understand that domestic violence is not OK, not even one time,” he said.
The NFL indefinitely severed ties with Rice after video surfaced of him dragging his wife, Janay Palmer, out of an elevator in Atlantic City. He was also released by the Baltimore Ravens in September.
Rice won an appeal of his suspension in late November, 2014, but no NFL team has yet made a move to sign the damaged running back. It remains to be seen whether this represents Rice’s first step towards an attempted return to the NFL.
Saturday’s Collegiate Bowl features other well-known names with Mike Holmgren as the head coach of the American team and Mike Martz at the helm of the National team. Rice and former Kansas City Chief Priest Holmes are the two running back coaches for the National team.