A Ventrone is returning to Foxborough under a different capacity.
Ray Ventrone, who spent parts of four different seasons with the New England Patriots, has joined Bill Belichick’s staff as assistant special teams coach, the organization announced Tuesday.
The 32-year-old originally signed with New England as an undrafted rookie out of Villanova in 2005. From there, the safety and special-teamer spent his first NFL season in the team’s practice squad before being allocated to NFL Europa the following spring, where he suffered an injury which sidelined him for New England’s 2006 season.
Ventrone would come back to the Patriots in 2007 after a stint with former defensive coordinator Eric Mangini’s New York Jets, however. The 5-foot-10, 200-pound Pittsburgh, Pa., native proceeded to play in 17 regular-season games for New England through 2008, recording seven tackles and a loud one in Super Bowl XLII.
Ventrone would leave again in 2009, proceeding to spend six years of his nine-year NFL career between the Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers.
He played in an additional 80 games to notch 57 tackles, a forced fumble over that span, earning a spot in the Pro Bowl and also a captainship. But now, Ventrone has earned a spot back with the Patriots, where a vacancy opened on the staff after longtime special teams coach Scott O’Brien retired and assistant Joe Judge was promoted last month.
His younger brother, Ross, spent a pair of seasons with New England himself after going undrafted out of Villanova in 2010.