Jim Ritcher
No. 51     
Center / Guard
Personal information
Date of birth: (1958-05-21) May 21, 1958 (age 62)
Place of birth: Berea, Ohio
Career information
College: North Carolina State
NFL Draft: 1980 / Round: 1 / Pick: 16
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Buffalo Bills ( 1980 1993)
Career highlights and awards
* 2× Pro Bowl (1991, 1992)
Games played     218
Games started     167
Stats at
College Football Hall of Fame

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 yearsEdit

Ritcher was born in Berea, Ohio. He attended Highland High School in Medina, Ohio, where he wrestled and played high school football.[1]

College careerEdit

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 careerEdit

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.

Life after footballEdit

In 1998, he was selected to the College Football Hall of Fame. He is currently working as a commercial pilot, flying for American Airlines.



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