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Commercial Pilot

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American Airlines , Inc.
4333 Amon Carter Blvd.
Fort Worth, Texas 76155
United States

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Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

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    Bills
  • 21St Member
    Wall

Education

  • degree , sociology
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Pittsburgh senior defensive tackle Aaron ...
www.bellevueleader.com, 9 Jan 2014 [cached]
Pittsburgh senior defensive tackle Aaron Donald, left, and former North Carolina State lineman Jim Ritcher, right, both holding the Outland Trophy, an honor given to the nation's top offensive or defensive interior lineman before the annual banquet at the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Omaha on Thursday.
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North Carolina State lineman Jim Ritcher holds the Outland Trophy.
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Woody Hayes and Bo Schembechler didn't want Jim Ritcher, and Lou Holtz left North Carolina State just as Ritcher signed with the ACC school.
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Woody Hayes and Bo Schembechler didn't want Jim Ritcher, and Lou Holtz left North Carolina State just as Ritcher signed with the ACC school.
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Ritcher thought he'd play defensive end for the Wolfpack, who made him a center.
In the NFL, Ritcher got off to a slow start with Buffalo and the news media was already asking after his first season if he was the Bills' latest first-round draft bust.
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Despite it all, Ritcher can look back now and say with conviction that all those things happened for the best.
He won an Outland Trophy and played on an Atlantic Coast Conference championship team at North Carolina State. He then lasted 16 seasons in the NFL and was part of four Super Bowl teams.
"You find blessings in it," Ritcher said. "It all worked out."
Ritcher on Thursday night was presented a replica of the Outland Trophy that he won in 1979 during the annual Outland banquet at the Downtown Doubletree. Winners before 1990 were awarded only a plaque.
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"They never came back after that," Ritcher said.
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"Coach Rein wanted a center that could run," Ritcher said. "I didn't want to do it, but what are you gonna do as a freshman on campus? Say, 'No, I don't want to play?' "
Ritcher finished his N.C. State career as a two-time All-American, and Buffalo made him the No. 16 overall pick in the 1980 draft. The way he played center in college didn't translate to the pro game.
"Nose guards (in college) back then weren't that big, some only 200 pounds, and quick," Ritcher said. "Coming to the NFL, the first guy I meet is Fred Smerlas with the Bills, a natural 300-pound guy they had slimmed down to 280, and faster than some of the 190-pounders. It was just different."
After starting out as a backup and mostly playing special teams, the Bills moved him to left guard the next season to pull on sweeps and traps.
Ritcher went from 1983 through 1992 without missing a start, and was an All-Pro selection in 1986, '88 and '90. His name is now one of 21 on the Wall of Fame at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
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Ritcher said the lesson in Buffalo, as it was in Raleigh, was that it sometimes takes patience.
"I didn't know how long I'd play," he said. "I was fortunate to be there just long enough to see it turn around and get back into it."
Ritcher retired after playing for Atlanta in 1994 and '95. It wasn't long after that he was pursuing his itch to fly, and he has now been a commercial pilot for American Airlines since the late 1990s.
"There are so many things as a kid that you want to do," he said, "but flying was something that was just out there that I wanted, whether it was professionally or on my own dime."
Rimington Trophy
www.rimingtontrophy.com, 3 Jan 2014 [cached]
Jim Ritcher Rimington Trophy
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JIM RITCHER
NORTH CAROLINA STATE UNIVERSITY
A two-time All-America center at North Carolina State University, Ritcher provided a steady hand throughout the 1976-79 seasons. Twice he was awarded the Jacobs Trophy as the best blocker at the center position in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).
During the 1979 season, Ritcher cleared the way as the Wolfpack captured the ACC title for the seventh time school history. At season's end, he became the first center in history to win the Outland Trophy as the nation's best interior lineman.
Ritcher later enjoyed a 16-year career in the National Football League with the Buffalo Bills and Atlanta Falcons, appearing in four Super Bowls. Ritcher is a member of the Bills Wall of Fame and is second only to Andre Reed in games played in a Buffalo uniform with 218.
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In 1998, Ritcher became the third player from NC State to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
He currently serves as a pilot for American Airlines and is also a private flight instructor. He and his wife Harriet have three sons, all of whom have followed their father's football legacy - their oldest two having separately suited up for the Wolfpack.
Rimington Trophy
rimingtontrophy.com, 27 Aug 2009 [cached]
August 27, 2009 - Jim Ritcher, who was the first center in college football history to win the prestigious Outland Trophy, has been named the 2009 recipient of the President Gerald R. Ford Legends Award.
The award will be presented during the 10th Annual Rimington Trophy Presentation on Saturday, January 16, 2010 at the Rococo Theatre in Lincoln, Neb.
"I am blessed and truly honored to be the 2009 recipient of the Gerald R. Ford Legends Award. Being named in association with President Ford, the former recipients and the members of the Rimington Trophy-Boomer Esiason Foundation is significant because of their reputation for integrity," Ritcher said.
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"We are thrilled to award Jim with this prestigious honor. Before the Rimington Trophy, he was one of only three centers in history to win a major college football award. Having made a successful 16-year career in the National Football League, Jim has established himself as one of the most outstanding centers of all time. I extend my sincere congratulations to Jim and his family," BEF president Dave Rimington said.
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A two-time All-America center at North Carolina State University, Ritcher provided a steady hand throughout the 1976-79 seasons. Twice he was awarded the Jacobs Trophy as the best blocker at the center position in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).
During the 1979 season, Ritcher cleared the way as the Wolfpack captured the ACC title for the seventh time school history. At season's end, he became the first center in history to win the Outland Trophy as the nation's best interior lineman.
Ritcher later enjoyed a 16-year career in the National Football League with the Buffalo Bills and Atlanta Falcons, appearing in four Super Bowls.
On February 8, 1987, Ritcher's jersey number 51 was officially retired in a ceremony at Carter-Finley Stadium. In 1998, Ritcher became the third player from NC State to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
He currently serves as a flight instructor and pilot for American Airlines.
Pack's Jim ...
www.newsobserver.com, 2 Oct 2012 [cached]
Pack's Jim Ritcher had to adjust to offensive line Article 0 COMMENTS Jim Ritcher (51), who won the Outland Trophy as the nation's top lineman, was a mainstay for the '79 Pack.
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Ritcher, a defensive end in high school, had every intention of spending his career chasing quarterbacks, not protecting them.
After a 16-year career in the NFL, which included four trips to the Super Bowl and two to the Pro Bowl, and a college career which ended with an ACC title, an Outland Trophy and an ACC rushing record, Ritcher is glad he didnt have his way.
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I have to thank coach Rein for having the insight to move me to center, Ritcher said.
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Ritcher, 54, still has the selfless mindset of an offensive lineman and doesnt understand all the fuss.
Why I got noticed, I dont know, Ritcher said. If I looked good, it was because so many of my teammates made me look good. I was just the beneficiary of their hard work.
The veer offense
When Ritcher committed to N.C. State in 1976, then-coach Lou Holtz recruited him to play defense.
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Holtz left for the NFL, to coach the New York Jets, before Ritcher got to campus.
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Ritcher, who was 6-3 and 240 pounds in college, fit the bill.
Rein called Ritcher into a meeting before the first practice.
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I think tears started coming down my face, Ritcher said. I wanted to say no to him, but he said try it for a week see how you like it.
With Ritcher at center for three of his seasons, N.C. State running back Ted Brown went on to rush for 4,602 yards an ACC record which stands 34 years later.
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That same season, Ritcher won the Outland Trophy, given to the countrys top interior lineman. He was the first center to win the award. But Ritcher doesnt remember that championship season for anything he did.
The reason we won the ACC was the goal line stand by our defense down at Clemson, Ritcher said, referring to the teams 16-13 win over the Tigers.
Part of history
After his All-American career at N.C. State, the Bills made Ritcher their first-round pick in the 1980 draft, 16th overall, and promptly moved him to left guard. By his fourth season in the NFL, he was a fixture in the Bills lineup. He didnt miss a start in 10 seasons, from 1983 to 92.
Ritcher was a part of history with the Bills, who are the only team in NFL history to play in the Super Bowl four straight years. They are also the only team to lose four straight times.
Given the way the Bills lost their first one, on a missed field goal by Scott Norwood on the last play to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXV, some bitterness from Ritcher would be natural.
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It was disappointing, Ritcher said. You wish you could have gotten at least one of those, but there are bigger things in life than winning the Super Bowl.
Ritcher can still remember details from each of the four games. He remembers a breeze in his face before Norwoods ill-fated attempt and who he was blocking against the Washington Redskins the following year.
And from two games against the Dallas Cowboys, he remembers the Bills offense turning the ball over nine times in Super Bowl XXVII and holding a 13-6 lead in Super Bowl XXVIII at the half.
We were high-fiving each other like we were going to win, Ritcher said.
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Ritcher left the Bills that offseason and spent two years with the Atlanta Falcons before retiring in 1995.
Ritcher started his second career, as a commercial pilot, four years after he retired from football. His wife, Harriett, whom he met at N.C. State, signed him up for flying lessons. He still flies for American Airlines, where he has worked for 14 years.
Ritcher and his wife have lived in Raleigh for most of their 31 years of marriage.
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Ritcher was chosen by N.C. State to speak at Fridays induction ceremony. There will be a video about each of the 10 inductees, but only Ritcher will give a speech.
Im honored, really, Ritcher said, but Im nervous, too. Hopefully I can express what this means to me and the other inductees. Well see what kind of job I can do.
If Ritcher handles the speech as well as he did the switch to offensive line, hell be just fine.
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Pack's Jim Ritcher had to adjust to offensive line
After a 16-year career in the NFL, which included four trips to the Super Bowl and two to the Pro Bowl, and a college career which ended with an ACC title, an Outland Trophy and an ACC rushing record, N.C. State's Jim Ritcher is glad he was moved from defense to offense.
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Jim Ritcher, center, N.C. State, 1976-79
Billszone: November 2004 Archives
www.billszone.com, 1 Nov 2004 [cached]
Jim Ritcher was honored at halftime of the Bills-Rams game as the 21st inductee to the team's Wall of Fame at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
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Buffalo's 37-17 domination of St. Louis probably didn't come as any surprise to Jim Ritcher, the former Buffalo offensive lineman who was inducted onto the Bills' Wall of Fame Sunday afternoon.
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The Buffalo Bills honored former offensive lineman Jim Ritcher as the 21st member of their Wall of Fame on Sunday.
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Jim Ritcher will be inducted into the Buffalo Bills' Wall of Fame in a ceremony at halftime of today's game against the St. Louis Rams.
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