The forgotten "Ray" on the Baltimore Ravens quickly ceded the podium to quarterback Joe Flacco during a news conference Wednesday.
Running back Ray Rice has been deferential when it comes to the spotlight as the imminent retirement of the face of the franchise, Ray Lewis, receives much of the media's glare leading into Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the New England Patriots.
Rice is just as accommodating on the field.
"Stats and all that other good stuff, we put that off to the side," Rice said at the Ravens' training facility. "One thing about our group is that we're very unselfish. Very unselfish. It doesn't matter who gets the job done."
That's not something always heard from a franchise running back, especially one who signed a five-year, $40 million contract last offseason. Rice saw fewer carries (and receptions) during the regular season than a year ago. The fewer touches are linked to an offense that struggled during stretches -- leading to the late-season firing ...