Ross Ventrone

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This article is about the safety. For the New England Patriots special teams coach, see Ray Ventrone.
Ross Ventrone
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Ventrone in the 2015 NFL postseason.
No. 35 Pittsburgh Steelers
Position: Safety
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-09-27) September 27, 1986 (age 29)
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: 2010
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 12, 2015
Tackles: 12
Sacks: 0.0
Interceptions: 0
Forced fumbles: 0
Pass deflections: 0
Player stats at NFL.com

Ross Ventrone (born September 27, 1986) is an American football safety for the Pittsburgh Steelers of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed by the New England Patriots as an undrafted free agent in 2010, and appeared in eight games for them in 2011.

Ventrone played college football at Villanova. He is the younger brother of current New England Patriots assistant coach 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, Ventrone was promoted to the 53-man roster on October 11, 2014. He played in nine games and was credited with seven tackles.[4]

2015 season[edit]

Ventrone was waived by the Steelers on October 13, 2015, after the Steelers activated wide receiver Martavis Bryant, following his 4-game suspension.

Second stint with Patriots[edit]

2015 season[edit]

With the Patriots in 2011.

Ventrone was signed to the New England Patriots practice squad on October 28, 2015, and released from the practice squad on November 18, 2015.[5] These mark the 30th and 31st transactions Ross has had with the team.

Second stint with Steelers[edit]

Ventrone was signed to the Steelers' practice squad on December 29, 2015 and then to the active roster on January 1, 2016, just in time for the team's regular season finale against the Cleveland Browns on January 3.

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