Stevan Ridley was hoping to avoid the topic, but the former Patriots running back couldn't escape the questions in his first interview with the New York media.

"Here we go with this Deflategate," he said, shaking his head and smiling.

The NFL fined New England $1 million, stripped them of two future draft picks and suspended quarterback Tom Brady for four games after it was determined the Patriots adjusted the air pressure in a few footballs during 45-7 playoff win over the Colts in the AFC Championship Game.

The Patriots went on to win Super Bowl XLIX -- though, without Ridley, who tore his right ACL in October.

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"At the end of the day, the Super Bowl champs are the Super Bowl champs. Footballs deflated or not, it took a lot of hard work to get there. What I'm saying is you can't take away that they got that title."

Ridley spent four seasons in New England before he signed a one-year, $1.25 million contract with the Jets this offseason that included just $80,000 guaranteed.