An emotional Ray Rice spoke to the Florida State football team -- and begged the players to learn from his mistake ... DON'T HIT WOMEN!!!!
Rice was invited to speak to the team on August 14th ... and it was all caught on camera as part of Showtime's "A Season with Florida State Football."
"I made the worst decision of my life," Rice said ... "And the reality of it is I'm not playing football right now not because I'm not good enough, because I made the worst decision of my life."
We're told Rice spent the entire day with the team -- attended team meetings, practice and spoke with some players individually.
It's especially relevant considering just last year, FSU's backup quarterback was captured on video punching a woman HARD in the face at a bar.
The QB was sentenced to 10 days in jail and has since been dismissed from the FSU team.