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Stevan Ridley ‘definitely won’t forget’ beating the Patriots

Stevan Ridley had three carries for 16 yards against the Patriots.
Stevan Ridley had three carries for 16 yards against the Patriots.(Don Wright/Associated Press)

PITTSBURGH — Steelers running back Stevan Ridley was a bit more diplomatic on Sunday following his team’s 17-10 win over the Patriots.

But Ridley made it clear how much he enjoyed beating his former team, and how his night was only getting started.

“Man, look, I don’t even have to say that,” Ridley, breaking into a smile, told the Globe in the Steelers’ locker room. “It’s going to be a long night, and I definitely won’t forget it. It’s awesome, man.”

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Ridley, who played for the Patriots from 2011-14, told the Herald last week that he didn’t appreciate how the Patriots treated him at the end of his tenure. Ridley said he was “was trashed after an injury,” when he tore his ACL in his final season in New England. He has bounced around to seven teams over the last four years, and said last week that Sunday’s game was “very personal.”

But after the game, Ridley took the high road. He said he was happier with the fact that the Steelers ended their three-game losing streak. Ridley had three carries for 16 yards and played six of the Steelers’ 64 snaps.

“Look, it’s a great team win,” he said. “It was a battle and we knew it was going to be that. Coming off those three losses, it didn’t really matter who was out there. I think they were getting our best shot whoever it was. These last couple of weeks have been tough, and we just willed our way through it. It’s a better feeling than the last three weeks. It’s sweet, man, it really is.”

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Ben Volin can be reached at ben.volin@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @BenVolin