James Ferentz
Ferentz with the Denver Broncos in 2015
Personal information
Date of birth: (1989-06-05) June 5, 1989 (age 30)
Place of birth: Iowa City, Iowa
Career information
College: Iowa
Undrafted in 2014
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Houston Texans ( 2014 2015)*
Career highlights and awards
* 2× Super Bowl champion (50, LIII)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 5, 2018
Games played     21
Games started     0

James Ferentz (born June 5, 1989) is an American football center who is currently a free agent. He was signed by the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent in 2014. He played college football at Iowa. He has also played for the Denver Broncos.

High school careerEdit

Ferentz played football at Iowa City High School in Iowa City, Iowa.[1] He also wrestled earning second place at the Iowa high school wrestling tournament his senior year.

College careerEdit

Ferentz attended and played college football at Iowa from 2008–2012. He was named second team All-Big Ten while at the University of Iowa.[2]

Professional careerEdit

Houston TexansEdit

Ferentz was signed by the Houston Texans on May 16, 2014.[3] He was waived by the Texans on August 30, 2014 and was signed to the practice squad the next day.[4][5] He signed a reserve/futures contract with the Texans on December 30, 2014.[6]

On September 5, 2015, Ferentz was waived by the Texans.[7]

Denver BroncosEdit

On September 6, 2015, the Denver Broncos claimed Ferentz off waivers.[8] In the 2015 regular season, he played in 13 games.[9] On February 7, 2016, Ferentz was part of the Broncos team that won Super Bowl 50. In the game, the Broncos defeated the Carolina Panthers by a score of 24–10.[10] In the 2016 season, he appeared in six games for the Broncos.[11]

On May 10, 2017, Ferentz was released by the Broncos.[12]

New England PatriotsEdit

On May 18, 2017, Ferentz signed with the New England Patriots.[13] He was waived on September 2, 2017 and signed to the practice squad the next day.[14][15] He signed a reserve/future contract with the Patriots on February 6, 2018.[16]

On September 1, 2018, Ferentz was waived by the Patriots and was signed to the practice squad the next day.[17][18] Ferentz was promoted to the Patriots' active roster on November 3, 2018.[19] Ferentz won his second Super Bowl when the Patriots defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13-3 in Super Bowl LIII.[20]

On August 31, 2019, Ferentz was released during final roster cuts.[21]

Personal lifeEdit

James Ferentz is the son of Iowa Hawkeyes head coach Kirk Ferentz.[22]


  1. "A guardian of the legacy" (in en). Iowa Now. July 31, 2012.
  3. "Transactions: Free Agent Signings". May 16, 2014. Retrieved June 4, 2017.
  4. "Texans make roster moves". August 30, 2014. Retrieved June 4, 2017.
  5. "Texans sign 10 to practice squad". August 31, 2014. Retrieved June 4, 2017.
  6. "Texans sign nine to reserve/futures contracts". December 30, 2014. Retrieved June 4, 2017.
  7. "The Texans 53-man roster is set". September 5, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2017.
  8. Legwold, Jeff (September 6, 2015). "Montee Ball one of two players waived after Broncos' additions". Retrieved September 6, 2015.
  9. "James Ferentz 2015 Game Log" (in en).
  10. "Super Bowl 50 - Denver Broncos vs. Carolina Panthers - February 7th, 2016". Retrieved August 31, 2017.
  11. "James Ferentz 2016 Game Log" (in en).
  12. Keilberman, Zack (May 10, 2017). "Report: Broncos release OL James Ferentz".
  13. "Patriots make a series of transactions". May 18, 2017.
  14. "Patriots reach 53-man limit". September 2, 2017.
  15. "Patriots sign nine to the practice squad". September 3, 2017.
  16. "Patriots sign 10 free agents". February 6, 2018.
  17. "Patriots Announce Roster Cutdown". September 1, 2018.
  18. "Patriots Sign Eight to the Practice Squad; Place TE Ryan Izzo on Injured Reserve". September 2, 2018.
  19. "Patriots Sign OL James Ferentz to the 53-man Roster from the Practice Squad". November 3, 2018.
  21. Phillips, Brian. "Instant reaction to the Patriots’ initial 53-man roster". Retrieved August 31, 2019.
  22. "Ferentz-Belichick connection continues as Patriots sign free-agent lineman". NBC Sports Boston. May 19, 2017.

External linksEdit

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