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Drafted in 2008
Was there ever any doubt? I mean really, this decision was easier then a Staples button. Ray Rice was a complete workhorse in college and an absolute stud in the NFL. It was no surprise that in his freshman year Rutgers had its first winning season in 14 years.
In his sophomore season, Rice shattered JJ Jennings' Rutgers' single-season rushing yardage record running for 1,794 yards and 20 touchdowns. That year, Rice was a finalist for the Maxwell Award and finished seventh in the Heisman chase. He led Rutgers to its first ever bowl win with a 37-10 win in the Texas Bowl.
In 2007, Rice broke program records left and right. With every run, he shattered defenses. Against Ball State, he ran for 280 yards, a new record, and four touchdowns en route to a 52-30 win. That game also including an amazing 90-yard TD run.
After those great seasons, Rice decided to conquer the NFL and has been a huge part in the Baltimore Ravens success thus far. We wish him and all these players the best in their careers moving forward!