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American Airlines , Inc.

4333 Amon Carter Blvd

Ft Worth, Texas 76155

United States

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American Airlines, American Eagle and the AmericanConnection® airlines serve 250 cities in 40 countries with, on average, more than 3,400 daily flights. The combined network fleet numbers more than 900 aircraft. American's award-winning Web site, AA.com ... more

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Employment History

North Carolina State University

Affiliations

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Bills

21st Member
Wall

Education

Highland High School

degree

sociology

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JIM RITCHER

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Jim Ritcher was born and raised in suburban Cleveland, where he developed into an all-state player with aspirations to play for his beloved Ohio State Buckeyes. Fate intervened when he met North Carolina State coach Lou Holtz, who recruited him to Raleigh to play defensive end for the Wolfpack. However, before Jim arrived on campus, coach Holtz resigned to take over the New York Jets (NFL).
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It wasn't long before Jim was called into Coach Rein's office before the first practice and was presented with the new plan. "At offensive line," he explained, "you'll have a better chance of playing right away. Try it for a week and see if you like it. Disappointment was evident, and, holding back tears, Jim agreed to try it; a decision that would ultimately define his career.
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In 1979 the Wolfpack won the ACC with a 5-1 record and Ritcher won the Outland Trophy given to the country's top interior lineman. He was the first center to ever win the award. He was also chosen as a consensus first team All-American.
The Buffalo Bills made Jim the 16th overall choice in the 1980 draft. After one season of snapping, Ritcher was moved to guard, which better utilized his speed and quickness. He became a fixture in the Bills lineup by his fourth season and did not miss a start from 1983 to1993.
Ritcher made All-Pro three times, played in two Pro Bowls and started four Super Bowls with the Bills. His name was placed on the Bills Wall of Fame in 2004. He finished his 16-year NFL career playing two seasons with the Atlanta Falcons.
After retiring from football, Jim went on to a second career as a commercial pilot and continues to fly as a Captain, for American Airlines. He and his wife Harriet live in Raleigh.


Pittsburgh senior defensive tackle Aaron ...

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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.
...
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.
...
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.
...
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.
...
"They never came back after that," Ritcher said.
...
"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.
...
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."


Pittsburgh senior defensive tackle Aaron ...

www.omaha.com [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.

...
North Carolina State lineman Jim Ritcher holds the Outland Trophy.
...
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.
...
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.
...
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.
...
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.
...
"They never came back after that," Ritcher said.
...
"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.
...
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."


Pittsburgh senior defensive tackle Aaron ...

www.omaha.com [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.

...
North Carolina State lineman Jim Ritcher holds the Outland Trophy.
...
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.
...
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.
...
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.
...
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.
...
"They never came back after that," Ritcher said.
...
"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.
...
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."


Pittsburgh senior defensive tackle Aaron ...

www.bellevueleader.com [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.

...
North Carolina State lineman Jim Ritcher holds the Outland Trophy.
...
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.
...
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.
...
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.
...
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.
...
"They never came back after that," Ritcher said.
...
"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.
...
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."

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