(Eds: Updates. With AP Photos. AP Video.) By DAVID GINSBURG AP Sports Writer Vonta Leach's job is to get involved in a collision so Ray Rice won't.
The Baltimore Ravens are in the Super Bowl in part because of Leach's ability to pave a path for Rice to follow. If that involves sticking his helmet into the chest of a 300-pound defensive lineman, then so be it.
''It's just my job,'' said Leach, a three-time Pro Bowl fullback. ''Everybody's got to do their part for us to be successful, and that's my role.''
Leach serves as an escort for Rice and backup running back Bernard Pierce. In 2010, he opened up holes for Arian Foster in Houston. Not coincidentally, Rice and Foster both earned invitations to the Pro Bowl by following Leach's lead.
''Vonta is a fullback, the most under-recognized position in the game because of all the physical abuse he does to his body to see another man shine,'' said Rice, who ran for 1,143 yards during the regular season. ''The fullback position is not a p...