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Stevan Ridley continues to go at Patriots: It was an awesome feeling to beat them

Ryan Hannable
December 16, 2018 - 8:56 pm

PITTSBURGH -- In the week leading up to the game, Steelers running back Stevan Ridley made his feelings clear about his former team when he said the Patriots "trashed" him following the 2014 season when he was a free agent after tearing his ACL and the team didn't reach out to potentially bring him back.

“I’m very open and I have to be real: I want this game more than any other game, man,” Ridley told Kevin Duffy of the Boston Herald. “That’s just the bottom line to it. And it’ll be that way from this year until I go in the grave. I’m just that kind of person.”

Ridley played sparingly in the Steelers' 17-10 win over the Patriots Sunday, but the running back took great satisfaction in the win, saying he took the game personally.

“Absolutely. It’s been a long grind back, but it paid off," Ridley said to "It was great. It was an awesome feeling.”

The veteran back said no one from the Patriots reached out to him even after he made his comments about what had happened at the end of his time in New England.

“No, it’s always quiet," Ridley said. "We already knew how it was over there and I didn’t really want to hear from them anyway. We were focused on this and we’re going to enjoy this one as a team.”

Ridley had three carries for 16 yards, but that didn't matter to him -- all he wanted was a win.

"I just wanted to get it done," he said. "I am happy we got the win. God is good.”

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