Ray Ventrone

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Ray Ventrone (born October 21, 1982 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) is a National Football League safety for the New England Patriots.

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College Football

From 2001 to 2004, Ventrone attended Villanova University. While studying for a Finance major, he played in 35 games for the Villanova Wildcats (V.U. college football team), made 251 total tackles, two sacks, forced five fumbles and four fumble recoveries.[1] He was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Academic Team in his 2002, 2003 and 2004 seasons.

NFL Career

Ventrone entered the National Football League (NFL) in 2005 when he was signed by the Patriots as an undrafted rookie free agent a day after the 2005 NFL Draft.[2] After a successful training camp and preseason, he spent the entire 2005 season on the Patriots practice squad. Prior to the 2006 NFL season, Ventrone played in the NFL Europe and made ten starts at safety for the Cologne Centurions and statical totaled 41 total tackles, four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.[3] Due to injury's that occurred while playing in Europe however, he was placed on the Patriots injury reserve players list, forcing him to miss the entire 2006 season. On February 21, 2007, Ventrone was signed by the New York Jets[4] and played with the team in all four of their preseason games but was released from the team in the Jets final roster cutdown.[5] The Patriots signed Ventrone to their practice squad on September 19, 2007[6]

Patriots head coach, Bill Belichick said in a press conference regarding Ventrone:

“Ray brings it every day. He has a great attitude and he works hard. He’s probably been the best practice player of the week a couple of times. He can do a lot of different things in terms of helping our team prepare – cover kicks, play defense, fill in on the offensive side of the ball – stuff like that. He’s a fun guy to coach. He works hard. He’ll do anything you ask him to do and do it to the best of his ability.”

References

  1. Villanova.cstv.com, March 6, 2007, "Former Wildcat Ray Ventrone Signs with New York Jets"
  2. Scout.com, Ricky Popolizio, September 21, 2005, "Ventrone Ready When The Call Comes"
  3. Villanova.cstv.com, March 6, 2007, "Former Wildcat Ray Ventrone Signs with New York Jets"
  4. Patriots.com, September 19, 2007, "Patriots sign two to practice squad"
  5. Jets Central.com, Chris Menn, September 1, 2007, "Jets Cut 22 Players"
  6. Boston Globe, Mike Reiss, September 19, 2007, Practice Squad Move

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