NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. – There are very few athletes who influence their athletic and social communities as positively or effectively as New Rochelle High School's Ray Rice, a former football and basketball star who has become a superstar running back for the National Football League's Baltimore Ravens.
Rice, who annually contributes to his hometown school district and youth with financial assistance, as well as his free football clinics, will be honored Saturday during his own "Ray Rice Day" football event with the retiring of his famous football jersey No. 5.
Representatives from the school and district administration, athletic department and board of education, led by his former coach and current Huguenots head coach Lou DiRienzo, whose team led by Rice won the New York State Class AA football title in 2006, will officially retire the number at a ceremony at noon.
Rice went on to set rushing and scoring records at Rutgers University where he remains a strong supporter of the football program. He rushed for 4,926 yards and scored 50 touchdowns (49 rushing) for Rutgers and he is the second-leading rusher in Big East history, and the all-time leading rusher in Rutgers’ history.
Rice ranks second in Ravens franchise history with 4,377 rushing yards. He finished third in the NFL in yards from scrimmage (1,776) in 2010 and rushed for 1,364 last season.