Rutgers football on Monday unveiled throwback uniforms for the 2020 college football season – a tribute to the glory days of the Scarlet Knights in the mid-late 2000s when bowl play pitches and winning records were still considered routine.
Still, it was curious that the first player to highlight Rutgers in the video is former Ray Rice, whose football career ended in 2014 after the video surfaced in which he took fiancé Janay Palmer out in an elevator in Atlantic City before dragging her down the hall.
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To be honest, Rice has absorbed the consequences of his actions as best as possible. He hasn’t played football since that video of his surfaced. Yet he and Palmer, now married, have spoken out several times about the problems of domestic violence. Rice himself has spoken several times about NFL players and the Rutgers football team on those issues.
Clearly, the team wanted to recall memories of when it was still competitive, as evidenced by players like Tiquan Underwood, Devin McCourty and Eric LeGrand, major contributors to those Scarlet Knight teams. It also makes sense given the return of coach Greg Schiano in 2020; he led the team from 2001 to 2011 to a record of 135-68.
That said, it still seems questionable at best to use Rice front and center of the reveal. While he undeniably enjoyed an impressive career with Rutgers (4,926 rushing yards, 49 rushing touchdowns), the knights would have lost nothing by ignoring him in their video, rather than showing the attention they drew by showing him so prominently.