Ray Rice Talks Joe Flacco, Ray Lewis And More On Inside The NFL On Showtime


NEW YORK (November 28, 2012) – Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice joins INSIDE THE NFL tonight via satellite to discuss quarterback Joe Flacco, Ray Lewis and his now famous fourth down dash that he coined, “Hey diddle diddle Ray Rice up the middle.”

Plus Torry Holt joins James Brown, Phil Simms and Cris Collinsworth on tonight’s episode which premieres at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.

INSIDE THE NFL, now in its 34th season, airs every Wednesday night through the NFL season on SHOWTIME, with multiple replays each week on SHOWTIME and SHOWTIME EXTREME® and availability on SHOWTIME On Demand.

INSIDE THE NFL is produced by CBS Sports and NFL Films. The executive producers are Sean McManus, Chairman, CBS Sports, and NFL Films.  Pete Radovich Jr., the Emmy Award-winning Creative Director for CBS Sports, serves as coordinating producer.

Following are excerpts from this week’s episode:

On Alex Smith and the quarterback situation with the 49ers…

SIMMS: He can’t be the same guy.  He is a human being and he’s worked hard to get to this position and now it is taken away from him.  He is going to go into the game and he’s going to be taking the snaps and throw a bad pass and [think], ‘Well is Coach going to take me out?’ And it’s tough.  He can’t have control of the football team like he did before because he was the man.  That has been taken away from him.  You can call it whatever you want, his confidence, his mojo, whatever it is, I think that is gone.

On the growth of Joe Flacco…

RICE: I’m just glad to have him (Joe Flacco) on my side.  We have that relationship, that me-to-you, you-to-me relationship.  We have that trust.  That is why he is able to, in a fourth-and- 29 situation; throw me a check down, because he trusts me.  Just to see where he is right now.  I want to play with the guy for a long time.  I know it is his contract year so I hope everything gets worked out and I can play with Joe Flacco for a long time.

On Ray Lewis…

RICE: Ray Lewis is my modern day Superman…I’ve seen the guy battle, battle and battle.  You look at the guy, 17 years, look at where he is in his career.  He’s not playing for stats. He’s not playing for tackles.  He’s not playing for interceptions.  None of that. He’s going to be a Hall-of-Famer so put everything aside.  He is playing purely to come back because he loves the Ravens. He loves his teammates. He loves this organization…  And just to see where he is right now in his recovery, to know that the guy will step on the football field this season again is amazing.  I can’t wait to have him back.  Just having him back in our building makes me feel good.

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