Ray Ventrone was originally signed by the Patriots as an undrafted free agent on April 28, 2005 ... Released by the Patriots (9/3/05) ... Signed to the Patriots practice squad (9/4/05) ... Released from the Patriots practice squad (9/7/05) ... Signed to the Patriots practice squad (9/9/05) ... Signed to the Patriots' active roster (1/30/06) ... Placed on injured reserve (8/30/06) ... Released by the Patriots (2/13/07) ... Signed by the New York Jets (2/21/07) ... Released by the Jets (9/2/07) ... Signed to the Jets practice squad (9/4/07) ... Released from the Jets practice squad (9/12/07) ... Signed to the Patriots practice squad (9/19/07) ... Signed to the Patriots' active roster (11/3/07) ... Released by the Patriots (11/7/07) ... Signed to the Patriots practice squad (11/9/07) ... Signed to the Patriots' active roster (12/22/07) ... Re-signed by the Patriots (3/16/09).
GP/GS (Playoffs): 17/0 (2/0)
2008 (15/0): Played in the first 15 games of the season and recorded six special teams tackles ... Was a part of the special teams coverage units and saw very limited action at wide receiver ... Led the team in special teams tackles once (at NYJ) and tied for the team lead once (vs. ARI) in 2008 ... Played on special teams coverage and return units and made one special teams tackle against Kansas City (9/7) ... Made the Patriots' only special teams tackle of the game with a solid open-field hit on Leon Washington's kickoff return at the N.Y. Jets (9/14) ... Tallied one special teams tackle at San Diego (10/12) ... Tallied one solo special teams tackle at Seattle (12/7) ... Helped create the hole for Ellis Hobbs' 95-yard touchdown kickoff return as Hobbs tied the Patriots franchise record with his third career kickoff return for a touchdown at Oakland (12/14) ... Tied for the team lead with two special teams tackles against Arizona (12/21) ... Delivered a thunderous hit on Steve Breaston on a first-quarter kickoff return.and his wife Katie are expecting a daughter in July 2009.
2007 (2/0, 2/0): Played in two regular season games and two playoff games while also spending time on the Patriots practice squad ... Made his NFL debut at the Indianapolis Colts (11/4) and played on special teams coverage units in the Patriots' comeback victory ... Saw action on special teams coverage units in the Patriots' win over the New York Giants (12/29) ... Played in his first career postseason game on special teams coverage and return units in the Patriots' win over the San Diego Chargers in the AFC Championship Game (1/20) ... Turned in his first career special teams tackle, standing up New York Giants kick returner Domenik Hixon on a hard hit after just a 14-yard return in Super Bowl XLII (2/3).
Played in 35 career games at Villanova, registering 251 tackles (198 solo), 19 tackles for loss, two sacks, 11 passes defensed, five forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries ... Was selected to the All Atlantic-10 Conference first team as a junior.
Raymond Ventrone was born October 21, 1982 in Pittsburgh, Pa. ... Was a three-time All-Conference performer at Chartiers Valley High School ... Was second team All-State as a senior ... Owns three high school records in track and field: long jump (22'6"), triple jump (45'1") and 100M (10.8) ... In November 2008, helped pass out Thanksgiving food baskets at Morgan Memorial Goodwill Industries in Boston ... Majored in finance ... Ray's brother, Ross, is a senior safety at Villanova in 2009 and led the Wildcats with five interceptions in 2008 ... Ray and his wife Katie are expecting a daughter in July 2009.
- When Ray was in the seventh grade, he started the Hoops for a Cure charity with a couple of his friends in his hometown of Pittsburgh. The charity benefits pancreatic cancer research and runs an annual basketball tournament where Ventrone joins his former Chartiers Valley High School teammates against a team comprised of Pittsburgh Steelers alumni.