Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin was given many chances when he had off-the-field trouble in the NFL and believes Ray Rice deserves that same opportunity.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Rice for two games, a decision that was widely panned for being too lenient, after the Ravens running back was charged with third-degree aggravated assault on his fiancee.

Irvin was participating in the Eric Dickerson Hall of Fame Golf Invitational that benefits The Young Warriors Foundation, a mentoring program for boys who are growing up without fathers, living in poverty or have dealt with other traumatic experiences at a young age.