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Stevan Ridley
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Ridley with the New England Patriots in 2011
Free agent
Position:Running back
Personal information
Born: (1989-01-27) January 27, 1989 (age 30)
Natchez, Mississippi
Height:5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight:220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
High school:Trinity Episcopal Day School (Natchez, Mississippi)
College:LSU
NFL Draft:2011 / Round: 3 / Pick: 73
Career history
* New England Patriots ( 2011 2014)
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
* Super Bowl champion (XLIX)
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Rushing attempts:743
Rushing yards:3,102
Rushing touchdowns:24
Receptions:30
Receiving yards:162
Receiving touchdowns:0
Player stats at NFL.com

Stevan Todd Ridley (born January 27, 1989) is an American football running back who is currently a free agent. He played college football at LSU and was drafted by the New England Patriots in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Ridley has also played for the New York Jets, Atlanta Falcons, Denver Broncos, Minnesota Vikings, and Pittsburgh Steelers. With the Patriots, he won Super Bowl XLIX over the Seattle Seahawks.

High school careerEdit

Ridley was born in Natchez, Mississippi. He attended Trinity Episcopal Day School in Natchez, where he played running back and linebacker for the Trinity Episcopal Saints high school football team.[1] As a senior in 2007, he rushed for 3,086 yards and 38 touchdowns.[2] He also competed in track, recording personal-bests of 11.25 seconds in the 100 meters and 23.42 seconds in the 200 meters.

College careerEdit

While at LSU, Ridley played from 2008–2010.[3] As a freshman, he rushed for 92 yards and a rushing touchdown.[4] As a sophomore, he rushed for 180 yards and three rushing touchdowns.[5] He rushed for a career-high of 1,147 yards and 15 touchdowns in the 2010 season while also serving as permanent team captain.[6]

College statisticsEdit

Stevan Ridley Rushing Receiving
Year Team Att Yds Avg TD Rec Yds TD
2008 LSU 12 92 7.7 1 0 0 0
2009 LSU 45 180 4.0 3 6 33 0
2010 LSU 249 1,147 4.6 15 11 61 0
Career 306 1,419 4.6 19 17 94 0

Professional careerEdit

New England PatriotsEdit

Ridley was drafted in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft with the 73rd overall pick by the New England Patriots, a round after the Patriots drafted another running back, Shane Vereen, with the 56th overall pick.[7][8][9]

2011 seasonEdit

Ridley scored his first NFL touchdown in Week 4 of his rookie season, in the Patriots' 31–19 win over the Oakland Raiders; he had 97 yards on 10 carries (for an average of 9.7 yards per carry), including a 33-yard touchdown run, and a three-yard reception.[10] Overall, he finished his rookie season with 87 carries for 441 yards and a touchdown.[11]

2012 seasonEdit

In the regular season opener, Ridley had his best game of his early career in a 34–13 win over the Tennessee Titans. He had 125 yards on 21 carries and a touchdown, and also grabbed three catches out of the backfield for 27 yards.[12] In Week 5, he topped his Week 1 performance with 151 yards rushing, with one touchdown, against the Denver Broncos.[13] In his second year, he proved to be a dependable running back in the NFL after racking up 1,263 total yards on 290 carries, while scoring 12 rushing touchdowns during the regular season.[14] His 82 first down rushes ranked third in the league among all NFL running backs. During the AFC Championship against the Baltimore Ravens on January 20, 2013, Ridley suffered a concussion after a head-to-head collision with Bernard Pollard, which also resulted in a fumble and a turnover. The Patriots lost to the Ravens by a score of 13–28.[15]

2013 seasonEdit

In the regular season opener, Ridley was benched in the second half of the game after losing a fumble. Ridley carried the ball nine times for 46 yards in the 23–21 win over the Buffalo Bills.[16] After losing fumbles in three straight games, Ridley was a healthy scratch in the Patriots' Week 13 34–31 win over the Houston Texans. Plagued by the fumbling issues, Ridley lost significant playing time to LeGarrette Blount in his 2013 campaign, and finished the regular season with 178 carries for 773 yards with seven touchdowns.[17] He also had 10 catches for 62 yards on the season, the most in his career.[18] In the 2013–14 NFL playoffs, Ridley recorded his first career postseason multi-touchdown performance, rushing 14 times for 52 yards and two touchdowns in the Patriots' 43–22 Divisional Round win over the Indianapolis Colts.[19]

2014 seasonEdit

Ridley had his longest rush (43 yards) in his career on October 5 against the Cincinnati Bengals.[20] During a Week 6 37–22 win against the Buffalo Bills, Ridley tore his anterior cruciate ligament and medial collateral ligament, which ended his season.[21] Overall, he finished the 2014 season with 340 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns.[22]

Despite being on injured reserve, Ridley was a part of the Patriots Super Bowl XLIX team that defeated the defending champion Seattle Seahawks 28–24.[23]

New York JetsEdit

Ridley was signed by the New York Jets on April 13, 2015.[24] During the 2015 season, Ridley played in eight games for the Jets, including one start, after missing the first half of the season due to a knee injury.[25] He finished the season with 36 carries for 90 yards.[26]

Detroit LionsEdit

On April 5, 2016, Ridley signed a one-year contract with the Detroit Lions.[27] On August 25, 2016, Ridley was released by the Lions.[28]

Indianapolis ColtsEdit

On August 28, 2016, Ridley signed with the Indianapolis Colts. He was released by the team one week later on September 3.[29]

Atlanta FalconsEdit

On October 25, 2016, Ridley was signed by the Atlanta Falcons.[30] On November 3, he appeared in a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and had three carries for seven yards.[31] He was released by the team on November 23, 2016.[32]

Denver BroncosEdit

On July 27, 2017, Ridley was signed by the Denver Broncos.[33] He was released on September 2, 2017.[34]

Minnesota VikingsEdit

On October 5, 2017, Ridley signed with the Minnesota Vikings after a season-ending injury to rookie Dalvin Cook.[35] On October 9, 2017, he was released by the Vikings.[36]

Pittsburgh SteelersEdit

On December 19, 2017, Ridley signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers.[37] He appeared in two games in the regular season for the Steelers and had 108 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown.[38]

On April 4, 2018, Ridley re-signed with the Steelers.[39] He totaled 29 carries for 80 rushing yards and a rushing touchdown in the 2018 season.[40]

Career statisticsEdit

Season Team Games Rushing Receiving Fumbles
GP GS Att Yds Avg Lng TD Rec Yds Avg Lng TD FUM Lost
2011 NE 16 2 87 441 5.1 33T 1 3 13 4.3 8 0 1 0
2012 NE 16 12 290 1,263 4.4 41 12 6 51 8.5 20 0 4 2
2013 NE 14 6 178 773 4.3 29 7 10 62 6.2 24 0 4 4
2014 NE 6 5 94 340 3.6 43 2 4 20 5.0 7 0 0 0
2015 NYJ 8 1 36 90 2.5 13 0 4 -2 -0.5 3 0 0 0
2016 ATL 1 0 3 7 2.3 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017 PIT 2 1 26 108 4.2 21 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018 PIT 10 0 29 80 2.8 12 1 3 18 6.0 10 0 2 2
Total 73 27 743 3,102 4.2 43 24 30 162 5.4 24 0 11 8

ReferencesEdit

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  30. Jackson, Curtis (October 25, 2016). "Falcons release Person, Hawk; sign Ward, Ridley". AtlantaFalcons.com. https://web.archive.org/web/20170816104750/http://www.atlantafalcons.com/news/blog/article-1/falcons-release-person-hawk-sign-ward-ridley/0bd7c28b-b8d6-4953-bdb7-66c429588987. Retrieved October 25, 2016.
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  33. Swanson, Ben (July 27, 2017). "Broncos sign RB Stevan Ridley, waive G Chris Muller". http://www.denverbroncos.com/news-and-blogs/article-1/Broncos-sign-RB-Stevan-Ridley-waive-G-Chris-Muller/5d11a32e-b15d-4404-9baf-280a9c06123a.
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  35. "Vikings Sign Stevan Ridley, Place Dalvin Cook on IR". October 5, 2017. http://www.vikings.com/news/article-1/Vikings-Sign-Stevan-Ridley-Place-Dalvin-Cook-on-IR/7c57be5a-01d8-4fef-a848-4d2313ab3781.
  36. "Vikings Activate WR Michael Floyd, Release RB Stevan Ridley". October 9, 2017. http://www.vikings.com/news/article-1/Vikings-Activate-WR-Michael-Floyd-Release-RB-Stevan-Ridley/ea98a520-2d83-4dfd-8d47-fa251b4f6105?sf120429652=1.
  37. Varley, Teresa (December 19, 2017). "Steelers sign Ridley". http://www.steelers.com/news/transactions/article-4/Steelers-sign-Ridley/542369c8-53bc-4a9d-95d4-bffd35b78fdf.
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  39. Williams, Charean (April 3, 2018). "Report: Stevan Ridley to re-sign with Steelers". http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/04/03/report-stevan-ridley-to-re-sign-with-steelers/.
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