Stevan Ridley’s bell is likely still ringing after that fumble-inducing hit Bernard Pollard dropped on him in the AFC Championship over two weeks ago. Over the weekend, Ridley appeared on ESPN’s “NFL Live” and was asked how much he remembers of the blow:
“Being completely honest, not much man,” Ridley said. “Running the football, unfortunately it’s what comes with the sport that we play. It’s a contact sport. He just came down and made a play, tried to make a physical tackle, and that’s what he did.”
Physical tackle? More like human guillotine…
“Unfortunately [this time] it was me. You hate it any time to see a player go out like that, but it was me this time. All I can say is that I can bounce back and I live to see another day. And I’m thankful.”
Memory loss or not, it doesn’t seem Ridley will hesitate the next time a safety comes at him like a missile.
“People try to downplay it; it’s a contact sport,” he continued. “You can’t be scared playing this game. We all try to be as healthy as we can and try to stay away from injuring each other. At times, it’s going to happen.”
On one hand, Ridley deserves a hell of a lot of respect for his fearless attitude, but considering it’s only his second year in the league, I hope he seeks more than a pat on the back when he takes a blackout-causing concussion.