Ray Rice was talking to high school football players, but didn't accept a job as reported

Ray Rice took a job coaching running backs in high school. (AP)
Ray Rice took a job coaching running backs in high school. (AP)

There were conflicting reports on Monday if Ray Rice had been hired by Don Bosco Prep High School in Bergen County, N.J. to be their running backs coach.

It turns out, Rice was just at the school to talk to players.

The initial report said Rice had been hired, according to Dianna Russini of ESPN. The school has produced seven NFL players, most notably former Green Bay Packers running back Ryan Grant. The Record/NorthJersey.com reporter Chris Iseman reported later Monday afternoon that the school had not officially hired Rice.

NJ.com’s Ryan Dunleavy said Rice was not hired but was just at the school to talk to the team.

Jane McManus of ESPN followed that up with confirmation from Rice himself that he did not take a job at the school.

Rice will live in NFL infamy for a 2014 incident in which he punched his then-fiancée in an Atlantic City elevator. When the video was released, Rice was cut by the Baltimore Ravens and he never got another chance in the NFL, despite being just 27 years old when he was cut.

Rice did everything he could to try to get another shot in the NFL. He apologized repeatedly. He stayed in shape and maintained he’d like another chance. But that call never came for the four-time 1,000-yard rusher.

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Rice has made public speeches and his message has been that domestic violence is wrong and that his mistake ended up taking away his football career. Even if he’s not going to be with the team this season, he could offer some important advice to young people about avoiding the same mistakes he made.

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