In an address to Florida State football players last month as a guest speaker, former NFL running back Ray Rice told the No. 4 Seminoles he was “too busy trying to be the man” before a domestic-violence incident curtailed his NFL career.
Showtime released a short clip from “A Season With Florida State Football,” its all-access series documenting the Seminoles’ 2016 season. In Tuesday’s premiere, highlighted will be Rice’s message to the team about the Feb. 15, 2014, incident after which video surfaced of him punching his then-fiancée. Rice watched a Florida State practice, then talked to the team Aug. 14.
“I made the worst decision of my life and the reality is I’m not playing football right now not because I’m not good enough but because I made the worst decision in my life,” Rice said. “... We're never not man enough to ask for help. I was too busy trying to be the man instead of a man. Chasing that dream trying to be the man got me the man on the outside looking in.”
Rice, now 29, won Super Bowl XLVII with the Baltimore Ravens but was released in September 2014. He has not played since the 2013 season, and the incident effectively ended his career.
He called speaking to Florida State his “therapy.”
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher has routinely made guest speakers a part of his program. In August 2015, the school spent more than $35,000 on guest speakers, Tim Brown and Maurice Clarett among them.
This summer, former Seminoles running back Mario Pender was dismissed from the team after he was charged with felony domestic violence. Last year, former quarterback De'Andre Johnson was dismissed after video was released of him punching a woman inside of a bar.