Ravens RB Ray Rice entered the league from Rutgers at the age of 21. Rice says that his goal when he entered the league was to play at least 10 years. After that point he would begin to consider retirement. Rice is about to turn 27 in January so there is time left but it is a bit peculiar that a player so young would already start to think about retiring.
“It’s always something to think about at the running back position,” Rice said, via Tom Curran of CSNNE.com. “I’ll just put it out there — my goal was to make it 10 years in the NFL. Anything after 10, if I can’t do it the way I want to, then it’s something to think about. But, I’m young. I came in the NFL at 21 years old, a young guy. So, I’m still young; I’m only going to be 27 in January. So, there’s a lot of football left to be played. With that being said, I have priorities too. You know I have a young daughter, and you’ve just got to put all that in perspective when you’re going out there week-in and week-out, especially when you get older in your career.”-ProFootballTalk.com
It is really refreshing to hear a player thinking about hanging it up. It is very hard to play RB at a high level very long after you turn 30 and with the wear and tear that it is accumulated on your body playing in the league that long it could be a very smart move on Rice’s part.