Dec 8, 2013; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots running back Stevan Ridley (22) runs the ball against the Cleveland Browns during the second quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

Patriots’ Stevan Ridley knows why he was benched, worked on it


The New England Patriots benched running back Stevan Ridley earlier in the season, he went through a rough stretch of fumbling the ball. Ridley knows why he was benched, and that it was a result of him and his efforts alone.

“For me, it wasn’t what I wanted, but I know why I got there,” Ridley said, via Phil Perry of CSNNE.com. “It wasn’t like the coaches just woke up and decided, ‘Hey let’s bench Stevan Ridley today.’ I put myself there. For me, it’s about not letting past mistakes hold you down. I think that life brings you that. You’re going to have adversity. You’re going to have stuff you have to go through. It’s how you bounce back as a person.

“I love what I do. I love the sport that I play. God put me here. For me, I can’t sit on the past, whether it’s success or it’s something that I don’t want. For me it’s focusing on these upcoming weeks. If we finish this year the way we want to finish this year, nobody will really remember what happened in the past, but it’s going to take a total team effort. It’s not just about me.”

Ridley has bounced back though, and carried the ball 15 times last week against the Baltimore Ravens.

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