Rice wouldn’t say, but said that the player in question got under his skin with some of his tactics during that game.
“I usually don’t let anybody get to me, but that one guy was playing very dirty,” Rice said. “He was twisting ankles under the pile, spitting, and doing some things. But he’s no longer on the team, and like I said, talking is usually not part of my game. The talking is usually out of good nature. I tell a guy, ‘Good play.’ I have no problem giving respect when respect is due.”
Hali said he doesn’t mind Rice’s gift of gab, but said that he and his teammates could use Rice’s words as motivation.
“He’s carrying the ball, and he definitely makes a difference during the game,” Hali said. “So if he’s going to talk, that’s going to bring the best out of the guys on the field.”