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Commercial Pilot

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

Company Description: American Airlines is the world's largest airline. American, American Eagle and the AmericanConnection(R) airlines serve 250 cities in over 40 countries with more...   more
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • 21St Member
    Wall
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    Bills

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.
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buffalosportshallfame.com [cached]
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JIM RITCHER
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JIM RITCHER
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.
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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