Ravens rookie J.K. Dobbins says he’s well aware of the stigma associated with wearing #27 in Baltimore after the Ray Rice incident … but chose the number to honor his dad and create his own legacy.
“Ray Rice was an amazing player. People make mistakes,” Dobbins said on Instagram Live. “But, I wear that number for myself because I want to set a legacy for my own self in that number.”
Dobbins says he picked the number to honor his late father, Lawrence, who wore #27 as a star running back at La Grange H.S. in Texas.
Lawrence tragically passed away of a stroke when J.K. was just 15 years old, according to the Ravens.
FYI — Rice wore #27 with the Ravens from 2008-2013 … and became the 2nd-leading rusher in team history.
Of course, #27 has been avoided in Baltimore since Rice’s domestic violence incident with then-fiancee Janay Palmer in 2014.
Rice was indefinitely suspended by the NFL for the incident … and never saw the field again.
But, Dobbins is focused on his own career … and is ready to begin a new history for the number.
“And, last time someone wore that number, it brought a Super Bowl, so that’s all I’m trying to do.”