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5 Things You May Not Know About Ray Rice

Posted Jul 15, 2013

Ray Rice was a premature ‘Blizzard Baby,’ and he gave his baby daughter a football name.

It’s July and there’s not too much going on before training camp.

Thus, it’s time to dig into the files of some of the Ravens’ most popular players to see what fans may or may not know about their favorites.

We’ve already done Joe Flacco and Terrell Suggs. Now here’s running back Ray Rice:

He named his baby daughter Rayven

Nobody can question Rice’s loyalty to the Ravens. He named his baby daughter Rayven. Rice shared a cute moment with his 1-year-old daughter at Super Bowl XLVII Media Day when she had some trouble drinking water.

He’s the fifth-shortest player in the NFL

Rice is the fifth-shortest player (tied) in the NFL at 5-foot-8. Only Denver receiver/returner Trindon Holliday (5-5), New Orleans running back Darren Sproles (5-6), Atlanta running back Jacquizz Rodgers (5-6), Jacksonville running back Maurice Jones-Drew (5-7) and Washington receiver/returner Brandon Banks (5-7) are more height challenged. Rice is the same height as another Ravens running back, Bobby Rainey.

He was born six weeks early

Maybe this explains why Rice is so short – other than the fact that his mother, Janet, is 4-foot-11. Rice was born six weeks early during a bad snowstorm on Jan. 22, 1987. Janet still calls him a “Blizzard Baby.”

He’s a left-handed quarterback

Rice has two NFL career passing attempts. One fell incomplete. The other was a 1-yard touchdown toss to Ed Dickson in 2011 against the Seahawks. What was baffling (besides a running back throwing passes) was that Rice threw it with his left hand.

He ran away from Ray Lewis

It’s widely known that Rice and linebacker Ray Lewis are very good friends. They were referred to as Little Ray and Big Ray around team headquarters. But the two got off to an inauspicious start when they practiced 11-on-11 drills the first time. When Rice saw Lewis in the hole, he immediately started running toward the sideline. Lewis told the then rookie that he wouldn’t survive that way in the NFL.

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