“I dedicated this to my cousin Shaun [Myshaun Rice-Nichols] and everyone, my mother, family and coaches who helped me along the way,” Rice said after he was presented with his retired jersey, according to The Daily Voice’s Danny LoPriore. “They say it takes the whole village to raise a child and so many people helped me.”
Rice's older cousin Myshaun, who was his role model as a child, was killed by a drunk driver in 1998.
Former Ravens linebacker Bart Scott, who now plays for the New York Jets, helped out at Saturday’s event. Scott praised his former teammate for giving back to young people in his community.
“Ray Rice is one of those people who really relates to young people on their level,” said Scott, who played with Rice in Baltimore in 2008. “It’s very important for young people to have role models who know where they come from, who they are and what they are experiencing. Ray has that special connection because the kids know he has lived the same life and been successful.”
As a senior at New Rochelle, Rice rushed for 1,192 yards and 31 touchdowns on 112 carries and was named to Madison Square Garden's All-Heisman team. In his junior year, he rushed for 1,332 yards and 21 touchdowns. Rice also played point guard for the basketball team, leading New Rochelle to the state finals in 2004.