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Ray Rice still popular with some
Ray Rice still popular with some

Ray Rice might forever be a pariah to many for knocking out his fiancee in the elevator of an Atlantic City casino in February. Thousands of Ravens fans lined up at M&T Bank Stadium last month to trade in their once-cherished No. 27 jerseys. But to two 9-year-old boys, Rice will forever be a friend unlike any other, the star athlete who spent his time and money over the past three years, in public and in private, to ease their daily struggles with lifelong ailments. In 2011, when Ashton Dean of Bel Air met the running back at an autograph signing, the Harford County boy with a deadly blood condition asked Rice to pray for him. Today, Dean is the one praying for his fallen-star hero. ...