By Ray Boyd

BALTIMORE, Md. (CBS) — Ray Rice’s career with the Ravens came to an end in 2014, but he was back with the team on Wednesday. The Ravens asked their former running-back to address their rookies as they prepare for the upcoming season.

Rice was released by the Ravens after video surfaced of an incident of domestic violence that took place between Rice and his wife. The event took place in an Atlantic City casino and was captured by surveillance cameras in the elevator.

The video caused a firestorm for the Ravens, Rice and for the NFL. The fallout led to a great deal of criticism for the team and the league when critics felt like they went too soft on Rice, prior to the release of the video.

The Ravens eventually released the former Rutgers standout and Rice has not had a job in the league since.

On Thursday, the Ravens released a statement regarding the team’s decision to have Rice speak to their newest crop of rookies:

“Our 27 sessions to our rookies through our player engagement program review and teach life management and life lessons. Rice, who played for the Ravens from 2008-2014, delivered an important message that included his story, both the good and the bad. He clearly had the attention of our rookies.”

The Ravens are led by former Eagles assistant coach John Harbaugh.