Rice leads the Ravens with 1,138 rushing yards and nine touchdowns, also catching 61 passes for 478 yards and one score.
"It's an honor," said Rice, who signed a five-year, $40 million contract last summer that included a $15 million signing bonus. "For y'all to vote me MVP, it's a special honor. You guys have a job and my job is to go out and perform. For you to recognize me as the MVP as a team with football being such the team sport, it's a special honor. I look forward to going out there and giving it my best. Even through the highs and lows for y'all to see through that and vote me MVP, it's a humbling feeling.
"I give all the credit to my teammates, my offensive line, [fullback]
Jones also sent a lengthy text message detailing his grief after the murder-suicide involving
"I appreciate you guys doing such a great job of showing the brighter side of me on and off the field," Jones said. "I appreciate all you guys do for us. I know sometimes guys give you guys a hard time and not give you an interview and I just see myself being a reflection of my parents and treat everyone with respect. I appreciate this reward from you guys."