Ray Rice, four others inducted into Westchester Sports Hall of Fame

Table of Contents Washington, a trailblazer State Hall of Famer Spedafino gains local honorSoccer player DeMello inducted for hoops prowessSollazzo joins father, former college coach in Hall NEW ROCHELLE — All have been to the top. Mountain climbers, in their own way. One, the most famous of them, plummeted from there.  But Wednesday […]

NEW ROCHELLE — All have been to the top. Mountain climbers, in their own way.

One, the most famous of them, plummeted from there. 

But Wednesday night at the Glen Island Harbour Club, former two-time All-Pro and NFL Super Bowl champion Ray Rice stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Kent Washington, Joan Spedafino, Lou DeMello and David Sollazzo, having reascended.

The five were inducted together into the Westchester Sports Hall of Fame. 

To Rice, the former New Rochelle High, Rutgers University and Baltimore Ravens star running back, the honor reflected much more than his 6,180 yards and 37 touchdowns rushing and another 3,034 yards and six scores off 359 receptions he compiled as a Raven.

Rice, who as a 5-foot-8 football player, always seemed to defy the odds, had many supporters at the dinner, among them former New Rochelle football coach Lou DiRienzo, whom Rice described as a father figure.

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