Ventrone in the 2015 NFL postseason.
|Date of birth:||September 27, 1986|
|Place of birth:||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania|
|Height:||5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)|
|Weight:||198 lb (90 kg)|
|High school:||Bridgeville (PA) Chartiers Valley|
|* Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 12, 2015|
Ross Ventrone (born September 27, 1986) is an American football safety who last played 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.
- 1 Early years
- 2 College career
- 3 Professional career
- 4 References
- 5 External links
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 Patriots
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 Bills, 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 by the Patriots on August 26, 2012. The Patriots signed, promoted, or released him 29 times.
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.
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
Ventrone was signed to the New England Patriots practice squad on October 28, 2015, and released from the practice squad on November 18, 2015. These mark the 30th and 31st transactions Ross has had with the team.
Second stint with Steelers
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.
- "Running through Ross Ventrone's 28 career transactions". Boston Herald. 2012-08-12. Retrieved September 2, 2012.
- "'It's A Grind': An NFL Player's Struggle For Survival". NPR News. 2012-09-02. Retrieved September 2, 2012.
- Ewart, Brian. Ross Ventrone signs with the Steelers" vuhoops.com. Accessed 11 January 2013.
- Steelers sign Hansen, Mosley-Smith and Whigham
- Steelers Release S Ross Ventrone With Injury Settlement