Baltimore Ravens Pro Bowl running back Ray Rice had his own problems as a kid, which might have been what made what he said at an anti-bullying event especially poignant.
Rice was at Howard High School Saturday for an event called "Ray of Hope" that was organized by County Councilman Calvin Ball after during an eight-day period last month.
"To think about somebody getting picked on and somebody losing their life—that really struck a nerve in my body in my soul and eveything that I stand for," Rice told the crowd of more than 300 students, parents and Howard County Public School System faculty.
In the audience was the family of , the 15-year-old Glenelg student who took her own life on Easter after constant harassment in school and on social media.
Her father, Dave, attended the event with his daughter, Cara, and wife, Chris. "[My daughters] lost a sister," he said. "Chris and I lost a daughter."
First Lady of Maryland Katie O'Malley also made an appearance at the event.
Rice mentioned his rough upbringing, being raised in a single-parent household in New Jersey, and how he overcame obstacles that could have prevented him from getting to the National Football League.
"If you know my story, I've been through a lot of problems," Rice said. "But the number-one thing I can tell you is you're not alone in this world."