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Ray Rice fans cheer for hometown hero

Long-time friend and former teammate of Ray Rice,

Long-time friend and former teammate of Ray Rice, Devron Chambers, of New Rochelle, cheers with twelve seconds left on the clock at the end of the Super Bowl. (Feb. 3, 2013) Photo Credit: Caylena Cahill

Friends and family gathered at Applebee's restaurant in New Rochelle to cheer on hometown hero Ray Rice of the Baltimore Ravens while watching the Super Bowl. (Feb. 3, 2013)

Long-time friend and former teammate of Ray Rice,
Photo Credit: Caylena Cahill

Long-time friend and former teammate of Ray Rice, Devron Chambers, of New Rochelle, cheers with twelve seconds left on the clock at the end of the Super Bowl. (Feb. 3, 2013)

Family members of Ray Rice hug and congratulate
Photo Credit: Caylena Cahill

Family members of Ray Rice hug and congratulate each other as teh Ravens are named champions of the Super Bowl. (Feb. 3, 2013)

Demetrus Hazelton, of New Rochelle, wearing the jersey
Photo Credit: Caylena Cahill

Demetrus Hazelton, of New Rochelle, wearing the jersey of his cousin, Ray Rice, claps and cheers during the last quarter of the Super Bowl, at Applebee's in New Rochelle. (Feb. 3, 2013)

Long-time friend and former teammate of Ray Rice,
Photo Credit: Caylena Cahill

Long-time friend and former teammate of Ray Rice, Devron Chambers, of New Rochelle, points to Rice on the screen in the last few seconds of the Superbowl while watching at Applebee's in New Rochelle. (Feb. 3, 2013)

Friends and family of Ray Rice watch as
Photo Credit: Caylena Cahill

Friends and family of Ray Rice watch as the camera pans to Rice during the Super Bowl while they watch at Applebee's in New Rochelle. (Feb. 3, 2013)

Family members of Ray Rice hug and congratulate
Photo Credit: Caylena Cahill

Family members of Ray Rice hug and congratulate each other as teh Ravens are named champions of the Super Bowl. (Feb. 3, 2013)

Family and friends of Ravens running back Ray
Photo Credit: Caylena Cahill

Family and friends of Ravens running back Ray Rice hug and congratulate each other after the Ravens win the Super Bowl. (Feb. 3, 2013)

Family and friends of Ravens running back Ray
Photo Credit: Caylena Cahill

Family and friends of Ravens running back Ray Rice hug and congratulate each other after the Ravens win the Super Bowl. (Feb. 3, 2013)

A journalist from News12 interviews Robert Rice Senior,
Photo Credit: Caylena Cahill

A journalist from News12 interviews Robert Rice Senior, Ray Rice's uncle, at Applebees in New Rochelle just after the Ravens won the Superbowl. (Feb. 3, 2013)

Fans cheer as the Ravens win the Super
Photo Credit: Caylena Cahill

Fans cheer as the Ravens win the Super Bowl while watching at Applebee's in New Rochelle. (Feb. 3, 2013)

Fans watch the Superbowl at Applebee's in New
Photo Credit: Caylena Cahill

Fans watch the Superbowl at Applebee's in New Rochelle. (Feb. 3, 2013)

Fans cheer during the halftime of the Superbowl
Photo Credit: Caylena Cahill

Fans cheer during the halftime of the Superbowl at Applebee's in New Rochelle. The event, in honor of Raven running back Ray Rice. (Feb. 3, 2013)

Robert Rice Sr., Ray Rice's uncle, shows off
Photo Credit: Caylena Cahill

Robert Rice Sr., Ray Rice's uncle, shows off a photo of Rice's youth football team during a Superbowl celebration at Applebee's in New Rochelle, the town where Ray Rice grew up. (Feb. 3, 2013)

Jared Rice, a distant relative of Ray Rice,
Photo Credit: Caylena Cahill

Jared Rice, a distant relative of Ray Rice, New Rochelle Councilman, and host of the event at Applebee's in New Rochelle, cheers during the Superbowl. (Feb. 3, 2013)

Friends and family of Ray Rice, and other
Photo Credit: Caylena Cahill

Friends and family of Ray Rice, and other football fans, watch the Superbowl at the bar at Applebee's in New Rochelle. (Feb. 3, 2013)

Many seats and tables are reserved during the
Photo Credit: Caylena Cahill

Many seats and tables are reserved during the Superbowl event at Applebee's in New Rochelle. (Feb. 3, 2013)

Comedian Trena B Real, of Harlem, and former
Photo Credit: Caylena Cahill

Comedian Trena B Real, of Harlem, and former Assistant Attorney General Lauren Rasor, of Mount Vernon, cheer as a touchdown is scored by the Ravens during the second quarter of the Superbowl. (Feb. 3, 2013)

Members of the New Rochelle football team, defensive
Photo Credit: Caylena Cahill

Members of the New Rochelle football team, defensive back Tyrique Rideau, and left guard Perri Chandler cheer as a touchdown is scored by the Ravens during the second quarter of the Superbowl. (Feb. 3, 2013)

Janayah Rice, of New Rochelle, Khalisha Rice, of
Photo Credit: Caylena Cahill

Janayah Rice, of New Rochelle, Khalisha Rice, of Mount Vernon, cousins of Ravens running back Ray Rice, yell at the screen during the Superbowl at Applebees in New Rochelle. (Feb. 3, 2013)

Robert Rice Sr., uncle of Baltimore Ravens running
Photo Credit: Caylena Cahill

Robert Rice Sr., uncle of Baltimore Ravens running back and New Rochelle native Ray Rice, cheers as the Ravens get the ball back from the San Francisco 49ers during the first half of the Super Bowl. (Feb. 3, 2013)

Constance Rice of White Plains, whose nephew is
Photo Credit: Caylena Cahill

Constance Rice of White Plains, whose nephew is Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, cheers for the Ravens while watching the Super Bowl at the Applebee's restaurant in New Rochelle. (Feb 3, 2013)

A fan wears a Ray Rice jersey while
Photo Credit: Caylena Cahill

A fan wears a Ray Rice jersey while watching the Super Bowl at the Applebee's restaurant in New Rochelle. (Feb 3, 2013)

Fans cheer for hometown hero Ray Rice and
Photo Credit: Caylena Cahill

Fans cheer for hometown hero Ray Rice and his Baltimore Ravens while watching the Super Bowl at the Applebee's restaurant in New Rochelle. (Feb 3, 2013)

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