We have yet to see him take the field, but Stevan Ridley's confidence in his recovery will definitely allow a sigh of relief for New England Patriots fans everywhere. The running back was literally knocked out cold by Bernard 'The Patriot Killer' Pollard in the AFC Championship game loss to the eventual Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens. It was a scary play, as the two players collided head-to-head with Ridley seemingly getting the worst of it, as the crown of his head absorbed most of the shock.
Well here we are a few months later, and Ridley is both relieved and excited to announce that he has had no lingering effects from the hit:
"None at all," he said Thursday. "All I can do now is just move forward from that. ... I'll be out here this year ready to go."
Ridley acknowledged that he took a serious licking but said he is just ready to move forward, as his love for the game was never rattled:
"It was a nice hit that I took, but you just have to shake it off. It comes with the game," he said. "Sometimes it's to others and sometimes it's to ourselves. But either way, I love the game. I love football. It's going to happen sometimes. You just have to roll with it."
It's great to see Ridley fully prepared to make a comeback after his amazing season was unfortunately ended so abruptly. As for his thoughts on new Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount, Ridley said that the two were able to meet and have lunch. Ridley stated that the entire running back crew is ready to hit the ground running and willing to contribute in any manner than they can.