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Why Is Ray Rice Such A Beast?

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Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice has become one of the premiere backs in the league. His outstanding performance last season led him to his first career Pro Bowl. Rice gained over 2,000+ yards from scrimmage, and led his team in receptions and carries.

So why is he such a beast? It’s simple.
It’s because he’s so hard to tackle!

Rice not only breaks tackles in Madden, but he’s just as unstoppable in real life. Sports Illustrated writer Peter King gave a sneak preview of the upcoming “Football Outsiders Almanac” by showing us the top 10 tackle-breaking running backs in 2009.

Take a look at the list:

1. Chris Johnson, Tennessee, 61
2. Ray Rice, Baltimore, 57
3. Adrian Peterson, Minnesota, 56.
4. Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville, 52
5. Steven Jackson, St. Louis, 50
6. Jonathan Stewart, Carolina, 46
7. DeAngelo Williams, Carolina, 40
7. Rashard Mendenhall, Pittsburgh, 40
9. Fred Jackson, Buffalo, 35
10. Knowshon Moreno, Denver, 33

Rice was just behind Chris Johnson for the No.2 spot and was ahead of “All Day” Adrian Peterson! Now that says a lot.

Rice has elusiveness, explosiveness, quickness, and even finesse. To top it off, he just never gives up on a play. That’s what makes him such a beast. If you don’t believe me, take a look at this video. (skip to 1:25)

Once considered too small to be an effective back, Rice has become one of the leagues’ best. I just hope he stays in Baltimore for many, MANY years.  I can’t wait to see how much more Rice has improved for the upcoming season; in the mean time, I’ll be sure to exploit his use in Madden.