Ray Rice, Super Bowl champ, to be honored at New Rochelle rally Saturday

Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice speaks at Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice speaks at an NFL Super Bowl XLVII football news conference in New Orleans. The Ravens face the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday, Feb. 3. (Jan. 28, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

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New Rochelle will get a chance to give Super Bowl champion Ray Rice a hero's welcome.

The city is hosting a rally for the Baltimore Ravens star running back at 10:30 a.m. Saturday on the front steps of New Rochelle City Hall.

"So many residents of New Rochelle are eager to demonstrate their admiration for Ray's accomplishments," Mayor Noam Bramson said in a news release. "This community rally will be an opportunity for all of us to offer our congratulations to our hometown hero."

City officials are asking Rice's supporters to wear purple, the Ravens' predominant color.

Baltimore defeated the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 on Sunday in Super Bowl XLVII. Rice, 26, who grew up in New Rochelle and helped New Rochelle High School win a state championship in 2003, was selected to play in his third Pro Bowl this season.

Rice also will be the guest of honor at a Friday event at Spectators Sports Club on North Avenue, but that event is not open to the public, a Spectators spokesman told Newsday.

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