It didn’t take Calvin Ridley long to understand he wasn’t in high school anymore.
The Alabama freshman receiver realized college football was a different animal in his first collegiate game, when the Crimson Tide played Wisconsin on Sept. 5 in AT&T Stadium.
“The first game, I got a jet sweep and I got hit right in the ribs by a Wisconsin linebacker,” Ridley said during an interview with ESPN on Tuesday. “It still hurts to this day.”
Keep in mind, that was nearly four months ago. And those ribs still hurt. Ridley was standing on the same field when asked about the hit during Cotton Bowl media day on Tuesday.
“It was right over there. Right over there,” Ridley said, pointing to the spot where he was hit.
The Crimson Tide beat Wisconsin 35-17 in that game. They’ll face Michigan State in the same stadium on Dec. 31 at 8 p.m. ET. Ridley will have to deal with the pain once again. He’d surely take another shot in the ribs if it meant advancing to the championship game of the College Football Playoff.