Ray Rice is going to have a tough time focusing on football this season. For starters, he's going to have to begin the year off by serving a two-game suspension that he was given by the NFL in light of the domestic violence incident that he was involved in during the offseason. But even once he gets back onto the field, the Ravens running back is going to have to continue to deal with the consequences of his actions.

With that in mind, Michael Vick—a guy who knows about trying to play through distractions—just gave Rice some advice on what he needs to do in order to get the public back on his side. He spoke with NJ.com about what he thinks Rice needs to do this year off the football field in order to get back into the good graces of people.

"You've got to continue to make amends," he said. "Once you start something, you can never go back. I feel like I've become an advocate of animal welfare, and I think I have to continue that. It's all about keeping kids 15 years from now from doing the same [thing you did]. We've saved a lot of kids, and we've saved a lot of animals. That's how I feel. Ray will make it right. He'll do everything he can to make this situation whole again."

Basically, it's going to be a looooooong time before people see Rice in a positive light again. But as Vick has proved, you can turn a negative into positive, if you're willing to work hard and continue to do the right thing.

Think Rice is up for it?

[via ESPN]