Ray Rice is easily my favorite player to cover on the Ravens. I love the way he plays. I love the points he scores for my fantasy football teams. And I love the way he handles himself in the media: equal parts goofy and serious.
Playing at a Pro Bowl level again this season, Rice is getting more and more attention these days. He has been featured in segments on ESPN and NFL Network in recent weeks, and he just did a fun interview with GQ.
Highlight No. 1: Rice showed up at Rutgers as a freshman wearing a purple hoodie with his own picture on it.
“You've got to realize, where I'm from -- New Rochelle High School versus Mount Vernon High School -- that's as big a rivalry as there is. We beat them my senior year and there was this great picture of me running over some guy. It got put on a purple hoodie and I wore that hoodie everywhere.”
Highlight No. 2: Rice explained why to him, Baltimore isn’t just “crab cakes and football.”
“They say ‘crab cakes and football,’ but that doesn't really work for me. I'm allergic to shellfish, so I can't do crab cakes. For me, it's 'chicken, steak, and football,' I guess.”
Highlight No. 3: Rice on what Halloween costume he will be wearing this year.
“Did you watch the show Martin? I'm going to be Jerome from Martin. [In Martin Lawrence's Jerome voice] ‘I say, Jerooooome's in the house.’ I've been studying tapes. Maybe I can send you guys pictures of me in my Jerome costume next week. I should do that. I'm going to do that.”
It really was a wide-ranging Q&A with Rice also fielding questions about Ray Lewis’ dance, “Man vs. Food” and his obsession with “Call of Duty.” When you get a chance, check out the full interview with the magazine here.