Patriots defensive back Ross Ventrone has had a roller coaster season, bouncing between by active roster and the practice squad a whopping 21 times since the start of training camp.
But just because Ventrone has been a bit player on the team this season, don't mistake him for the character that the movie "Rudy" was based on. Eugene "Rudy" Ruettiger managed to find a way to get onto the Notre Dame football team as a walk-on and appeared in just two plays during the final moments of the team's last game in 1975.
"I don't like being called Rudy," said Ventrone, himself a smallish defensive back. "I feel like I'm here and I'm good enough to be here and I just have to work on some stuff and get better as a player."
"He was really a scrub," Ventrone said. "I've heard it before, and I've kind of shut down that down real quick."
As for the double-digit transactions between the practice squad and the regular roster - Ventrone played in eight regular season games in 2011 - "it's been a little roller coaster being back and forth. I take it like I’m playing every week and that helps me prepare. I think that helps other guys prepare, too."