Was this what helped Ray Rice get through his endless months self torture?
Rice — the then suspended Ravens running back — did a pop-up on a rough touch football league just one month after TMZ released the footage of Rice knocking out his then fiancee, Janay Palmer.
Sources tell us … the guys welcomed Rice onto the squad (coincidentally named the Ravens) and he played a little wide receiver and cornerback.
One source tells us, “He caught the game winning interception (you can see in the video) and everyone went nuts!”
We’re told everyone tried to up their game to impress Rice … but ultimately, “he was on a whole different level.”
One player tells us by the end of the game, he won over just about everyone — and says, “We would love to have him back if he ever wants to play with us again.”