Baltimore Ravens running back has talked about retiring at age 30.
“I’ll just put it out there — my goal was to make it 10 years in the NFL,” Rice said. “It’s always something to think about at the running back position. My goal was to make it 10 years in the NFL. I came in the NFL at 21 years old, a young guy. So, I’m still young; I’m only going to be 27 in January. So, there’s a lot of football left to be played. With that being said, I have priorities too. You know I have a young daughter, and you’ve just got to put all that in perspective when you’re going out there week-in and week-out, especially when you get older in your career. Hopefully, I’ll retire a Raven.”
Rice, who will be 30 in January when his contract ends, thinks he will need to sign a third contract, possibly his last, in order to end his career with the Ravens. The challenge for all running backs is getting their body to hold up to the wear and tear of the game since this is one of the most punishing positions in sports. Several times during a game, Rice runs full speed at 250-pound linebackers who are running full speed right at him. Those collisions can be considered the same as head-on collision car crashes! Wow!
Rice believes he can extend his career because he is a receiver as well as a runner. He’s led the Ravens in catches twice in the past two seasons. That means he stays involved in the offense without having to carry the ball. Standing at 5’8” and around 212 pounds, his body can not take that pounding.
According to the NFL Players Association, the average career length of an NFL running back is less than three years.
I think Ray Rice has accomplished his goal. He has exceeded the expectations of his position according to the NFL. With his thigh and leg injuries already sustained, he seems to be looking at his future more deeply.