Stevan Ridley describes ‘awesome feeling' of revenge win vs. Patriots

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Turns out Stevan Ridley didn't have to eat his words -- quite the opposite, in fact.

The Pittsburgh Steelers running back admitted last week he was out for revenge in Sunday's game against the Patriots after New England "trashed" him following his ACL injury with the team in 2014.

When asked Sunday night if he took pleasure in Pittsburgh beating his former team 17-10 at Heinz Field, Ridley gave another honest answer.

"Absolutely. It’s been a long grind back, but it paid off," Ridley told WEEI.com's Ryan Hannable. "It was great. It was an awesome feeling."

Ridley echoed that sentiment on Twitter after the game.

https://twitter.com/StevanRidley/status/1074491851690950657

The 29-year-old running back, who spent four seasons with the Patriots after they drafted him in 2011 and wasn't re-signed following the 2014 season, added he didn't hear from anyone in New England leading up to the game -- which was perfectly fine by him.

"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 didn't exactly play a central role in Pittsburgh's win -- he had 16 rushing yards on three carries -- but he's at least getting some opportunity after Le'Veon Bell's holdout and James Conner's injury bumped him up two spots on the depth chart.

And as far as he's concerned, knocking off the mighty Patriots was the only stat he cared about.

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

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