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Rice: "It's time to get back"

Many NFL players are eager to return to football, and Ray Rice is no different.

In Glendale, Calif., on Thursday to film a commercial with Cleveland Browns running back Peyton Hillis for RipFire XCELERATE™ -- a pre-workout supplement they endorse -- Rice spoke of his excitement that the end of the lockout was drawing near.

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"I'm very excited that we appear close to an agreement," Rice said prior to NFL owners approving an agreement to lift the lockout Thursday evening. "You can't take for granted what's going on. The guys will be glad to get back to work with their brothers. Everybody enjoyed the family time, but now it's time to get back to our other brothers in the NFL."Rice's enthusiasm is linked to the Ravens' potential in 2011 after the franchise drafted, among others, a potential starting cornerback in Jimmy Smith and a deep threat in wide receiver Torrey Smith.

"I'm very excited to be going back to a veteran team," Rice said. "We've been getting closer every year to our goal of winning the Super Bowl. We need to keep chopping away at it and eventually I think the Baltimore Ravens will get one."

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Rice and Hillis were both asked about playing on opposing teams in the same division and whether they shared a rivalry that went beyond the results on the field.

"Fortunately, we don't have to hit each other," Rice said. "We both wish the other well, not so well against each other's defense, but when they're not playing us, I want to see him do well and I'm sure he wishes the same for me. At the end of the day, the best man will get the glory. We share a unique position and we should embrace it while we're in the league."

Added Hillis: "Between the Ravens and Browns, it's always going to be a bitter rivalry. But between me and Ray, he's a great guy and we have a great relationship. I wish him nothing but success."


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