Ross Ventrone

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Ross Ventrone
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Ventrone in the 2011 NFL season.
No. 35     Pittsburgh Steelers
Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-09-27) September 27, 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Height: 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) Weight: 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school: Bridgeville (PA) Chartiers Valley
College: Villanova
Undrafted in 2010
Debuted in 2011 for the New England Patriots
Career history
Roster status: Practice Squad
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 16, 2014
Tackles 8
Sacks 0.0
Interceptions 0
Forced fumbles 0
Pass deflections 0
Stats at NFL.com

Ross Ventrone (born September 27, 1986) is an American football safety who currently plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was signed by the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2010. He played college football at Villanova.

He is the younger brother of current San Francisco safety Ray Ventrone.

Early years[edit]

Ventrone attended Chartiers Valley High School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where he did not play football until his senior year.

College career[edit]

After graduating from high school, Ventrone began his college career as a walk-on at the University of Pittsburgh. He was redshirted in 2005 before working on Pittsburgh's scout team in 2006.

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.

Ventrone was part of the Wildcats' NCAA Division I FCS Championship in 2009. He recorded 73 tackles including 53 solo stops, as well as 6.5 tackles for loss and three sacks.

Professional career[edit]

New England Patriots[edit]

2010 season[edit]

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.

2011 season[edit]

Ventrone was signed, promoted, or released 21 times by the Patriots during the season, including eight transactions in November 2011.[1] 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.

2012 season[edit]

Ventrone was released on August 26, 2012. The Patriots signed, promoted, or released him 29 times.[2]

Pittsburgh Steelers[edit]

2013 season[edit]

On January 2, 2013, Ventrone signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers.[3] He was released on August 31, 2013. The Steelers signed Ventrone to their practice squad on December 13, 2013.

2014 season[edit]

After starting the 2014 season on the Steelers' practice squad, he was promoted to the 53-man roster on October 11, 2014. [4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Running through Ross Ventrone’s 28 career transactions". Boston Herald. 2012-08-12. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  2. ^ "'It's A Grind': An NFL Player's Struggle For Survival". NPR News. 2012-09-02. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 
  3. ^ Ewart, Brian. Ross Ventrone signs with the Steelers" vuhoops.com. Accessed 11 January 2013.
  4. ^ https://twitter.com/SteelersPRBurt/status/521024071866527744

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