It turns out that Dion Lewis is not the only ex-Patriots running back vying for revenge against New England this season.
Stevan Ridley, a four-year Patriot now a backup with the Steelers after bouncing around about a third of the league since departing Foxboro after the 2014 season, also wants to get back at the Patriots.
“I’m very open and I have to be real: I want this game more than any other game, man,” Ridley told 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’s desire to torch the Patriots comes after they allegedly ‘trashed’ him upon his exit and did not give him a call after a torn ACL ended his 2014 season and threw him to an unforgiving world of life as an unsigned, injury-prone free agent back.
“I was trashed after an injury,” Ridley said. “I’m just going to put it that way. I’m not going to say specifically, but to be a starter for [the Patriots] for four years, to tear my ACL and never get a call back, that’s a tough pill to swallow.
“And now they’re still looking for a running back to try to come in and play — how many running backs have been through there to try to give them some consistency as a quote-unquote first or second down back? They’re still looking for it right now. Yeah, it’s very personal. It is.”
Ridley already had his chance at ‘revenge’ against the Patriots, mind you, going up against New England as a member of the New York Jets back in 2015, when he rushed for 36 yards on seven carries in a 26-20 overtime win.
Then again, why ruin a good angle?