Ventrone in the 2011 NFL season.
|Date of birth:September 27, 1986|
|Place of birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania|
|High School: Bridgeville (PA) Chartiers Valley|
|Height: 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)||Weight: 195 lb (88 kg)|
|Undrafted in 2010|
|Debuted in 2010 for the New England Patriots|
|Roster status: active|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of 2012|
|Stats at NFL.com|
Ross Ventrone (born September 27, 1986) is an American football safety who is currently is currently on the Pittsburgh Steelers roster. He was signed by the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He played college football at Villanova.
Ventrone has become famous for being repeatedly released and re-signed by the Patriots, either to the active roster or the practice squad.
Ventrone attended Chartiers Valley High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he did not play football until his senior year.
In 2007, Ventrone transferred to Villanova University, his brother Ray's alma mater, where he earned a football scholarship. He played in all 11 games in 2007, finishing third on the team with 64 tackles while also recording five pass break-ups and one interception. As a junior in 2008, Ventrone led the team with four interceptions, along with 61 tackles and a fumble recovery in 13 games played.
New England PatriotsEdit
After going undrafted in the 2010 NFL Draft, Ventrone was signed by the New England Patriots on April 29, 2010. He played in the team's preseason opener against the New Orleans Saints before being waived on August 15. He was re-signed on August 23, and played in the team's final two preseason games before being waived during final cuts on September 4. He was signed to the Patriots' practice squad on October 19, 2010. He was re-signed to a future contract for the 2011 season on January 18, 2011.
Ventrone was signed, promoted, or released 21 times by the Patriots during the season, including eight transactions in November 2011. He played in eight games, in Week 3 against the Buffalo, in Weeks 6 and 8 against the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers, and in both games against the New York Jets. He has primarily played special teams, but did play on defense in the Patriots' Week 10 game against the Jets.
Ventrone was released on August 26, 2012. As of 2 September 2012[update] the Patriots have signed, promoted, or released him 29 times. On January 2, 2013, Ventrone was signed to the Pittsburgh Steelers off-season roster.
- ↑ "Running through Ross Ventrone’s 28 career transactions". Boston Herald. 2012-08-12. http://www.bostonherald.com/blogs/sports/blitz/index.php/2012/08/12/running-through-ross-ventrones-28-career-transactions/. Retrieved September 02, 2012.
- ↑ "'It's A Grind': An NFL Player's Struggle For Survival". NPR News. 2012-09-02. http://www.npr.org/2012/09/02/160471372/defensive-back-struggles-to-hold-a-job. Retrieved September 02, 2012.
- ↑ Ewart, Brian. Ross Ventrone signs with the Steelers" vuhoops.com. Accessed 11 January 2013.