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Ray Rice's NFL return backed by national violence prevention group

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A national violence prevention group have said Ray Rice deserves a second chance in the NFL, according to ESPN.

'A CALL TO MEN' co-founders Tony Porter and Ted Bunch, have been working with the running back since November and they believe he deserves another shot in the NFL.

'A CALL TO MEN' is a national organisation that encourages men to end violence against women.


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Porter said: "We have been around a lot of abusive men, but our experience with Ray has been tremendously positive.

"We feel strongly about him having the opportunity of having a second chance. He's deserving of it."

Bunch said on Rice: "He's held himself accountable. He is saying everything that you would want him to say and doing everything that you would want him to do. So why wouldn't he deserve another chance?

"His work in the area of educating young men is more important than him getting back on the field. He knows that and has said that to us. He is seeing the bigger picture. He has a desire to compete again, but also to make a difference in the world.

"This is what mistakes should be about; learning from them and teaching others. We've been in front of a lot of batterers. He is as transparent as I've seen, and as sincere as I've seen."

Porter and Bunch have been with the three-time Pro Bowler for the past nine months, attending events with him such as working with the student athletes at his high school in New Rochelle, New York.

Rice also wants his daughter, Raven, to remember him for what he did out on the field, rather than the single event most people remember him for now.

Many teams have been rumoured to bring the running back to their squads, but no one has taken the risk because of the baggage he carries with him.

Not only because of his baggage, but his poor production rate might be one of the reasons why no one has given the Super Bowl XLVII winner a chance yet.

In his last full season in the NFL in 2013, he only gained 660 yards and averaged 3.1 yards per carry, the lowest average of his career by 0.9.

This is no where near the standard teams would want a starting running back to be at. Rice may have to wait till a big training camp injury occurs for a running back before he has a chance of retuning to the NFL.

Porter thinks the three-time Pro Bowler deserves a second chance in the league, as he said: "We'll catch flak for this. A lot of people think we should kick him to the curb and his name should be mud forever.

"But how great would it be if everyone who made a mistake made it their mission to make sure a million people don't make the same mistake? To use the influence that he has, what a great way to correct that wrong. And that's what Ray has committed himself to doing.

"His intentions are real, his heart is pure, and we're going to help him to move forward so he can have a positive impact on the next generation of manhood."

It will be difficult for fans to forget what Rice did. However, I'm sure that if he helped a team win the Super Bowl, it would help in the healing process.

Signing him up to a team may cause fans to boycott games because of what he has done, no matter how many people say he has changed.

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