James Alexander Ritcher (born May 21, 1958) is an American former professional football player who was an offensive lineman in the National Football League (NFL) for sixteen seasons during the 1980s and 1990s. Ritcher played college football for North Carolina State University, and received All-American honors. He was picked in the first round of the 1980 NFL Draft, and played professionally for the Buffalo Bills and Atlanta Falcons of the NFL.
Early years Edit
Ritcher was born in
Berea, Ohio. He attended Highland High School in Medina, Ohio, where he wrestled and played high school football.
College career Edit
He attended North Carolina State University, and played for the
NC State Wolfpack football team from 1976 to 1979. As a senior in 1979, he was a consensus first-team was an All-American and won the Outland Trophy as the nation's best college interior lineman.
Professional career Edit
In the National Football League, Ritcher was moved to
guard from center by the Buffalo Bills, for whom he played fourteen seasons. He started in all four Super Bowl appearances of the Bills ( Super Bowl XXV, Super Bowl XXVI, Super Bowl XXVII, and Super Bowl XXVIII) and was selected to two Pro Bowls. He finished his career with the Atlanta Falcons.
In 1998, he was selected to the
College Football Hall of Fame. He is currently working as a commercial pilot, flying for American Airlines.