Ray Rice has been out of the NFL for a couple seasons now and at least for the moment, the odds are against him playing again but he isn’t letting that way of thinking stop him. He continues to work out and looks to be in very good shape and he wants teams to know he can care less about the money aspect of playing football. He is willing to donate his entire salary for next season to domestic violence programs, if a team will just take a chance on him.


Out of football since the Baltimore Ravens cut him in September 2014 after video surfaced of him knocking out his then-fiancée in a casino elevator, Rice told USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday he’d donate his entire salary in 2016 to organizations with programs focusing on education and prevention of domestic violence and supporting survivors and their families.

“All the scrutiny that I’ve got, it was deserved, because domestic violence is a horrible thing,” said Rice. “Me donating my salary is something that’ll be from the heart for me. I only want to play football so I can end it the right way for my kids and for the people that really believed in me. But I know there’s a lot of people affected by domestic violence, and every dollar helps. It’s raising awareness”.

Rice is doing quite well for himself financially thanks to his previous contract which saw him receive $25 million dollars over a two year period. By offering to donate his entire salary, he makes it clear none of this is about money but the minimum salary for a seventh-year veteran such as Rice in 2016 is $885,000, which would definitely be a nice sized donation to the programs he spoke of.

Unfortunately for Rice, his production was already dropping off in 2013 and he plays a position that NFL GM’s feel is a “dime a dozen” type of position where it is easy to replace virtually anyone. He may never get the chance to make that donation but he is giving everything he has for one more chance and you have to respect that.