Ray Rice Will "Bring a Super Bowl Back to Baltimore"

Dee LetedCorrespondent IMay 12, 2012

CINCINNATI, OH - JANUARY 01:  Ray Rice #27 of the Baltimore Ravens runs for a touchdown during the NFL game against  the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on January 1, 2012 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Ray Rice may be in the middle of a major contract dispute, but that didn't stop the disgruntled running back from addressing the crowd enthusiastically on "Ray Rice Day."

In fact, you wouldn't even be able to tell that Rice was even considering holding out for a long-term deal as he greeted the crowd at Calvert Hall High School in Towson, MD at his free youth event earlier Saturday morning.

According to BaltimoreRavens.com's Ryan Mink, Rice even went as far as to say that he would "do his job and bring a Super Bowl back to Baltimore."

While this isn't exactly a Joe Namath guarantee, it's certainly uplifting for Ravens fans concerned about Rice's future with the team.

Rice even went further to comfort fans when he claimed that "he feels better than he's ever felt" heading into his 5th NFL season, according to Ryan Mink's twitter account.

While much of this might be a simple publicity strategy for the one-time fan favorite, it certainly distracts from discouraging contract talks.

There have been no reports as of late in regards to progress in those talks, but it certainly speaks to Rice's character that he is able to put it all behind him for a higher cause—even if it is only for one day.