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Ravens running back Ray Rice, his legacy and football mortality
Ravens running back Ray Rice, his legacy and football mortality

So Ray Rice says he will consider retirement when he turns 30 years old. Can you really blame the guy? The running back plays one of the most punishing positions in sports. At least a dozen times a game — or more, if the Ravens are winning and he is running well — Rice runs full speed at 250-pound linebackers who are running full speed right at him. Those collisions are like slow-speed car crashes, and even modern technology can’t create helmets that totally absorb the blows. Rice has now touched the ball 2,158 times in his professional career, including playoff and preseason games, after shouldering a heavy workload in college. He has not been tackled hard on all of...

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