Ray Rice is a "good man" -- and has proven that he deserves a second chance in the NFL ... so says NFL Hall of Famer Jonathan Ogden, who played with Rice on the Ravens.
Ogden is out in Phoenix for the Super Bowl -- and laid out the case for the running back, telling TMZ Sports:
"We understand that the man made a huge mistake, but he's done everything he could over the past year to make up for it."
Ogden continued, "I think his record before that speaks to the fact that he really is a decent human being ... and hopefully somebody will give him a chance because hes a good running back and a good man."
Ogden says there's no way in hell the Ravens will resign him to the team -- but says, "Somebody should give him a chance."