- Position: Center
- School: North Carolina State
- High School: Medina, OH (Highland HS)
- Years: 1976-1979
- Inducted: 1998
- Place of Birth: Berea, OH
- Date of Birth: May 21, 1958
- Jersey Number: 51
- Height: 6-3
- Weight: 245
Member BiographyJim Ritcher played at North Carolina State and brought
new recognition to the center position in football.
The Outland Trophy, named for the nation's best
interior lineman, had been in existence 33 years and
had never been won by a center. Ritcher won in 1979.
Ritcher was a two-time All-America and two-time
winner of the Jacobs Trophy as the best blocker
at his position in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
He graduated with a degree in sociology. North
Carolina State named him the school's outstanding
scholar-athlete and retired his jersey, number 51.
Ritcher stood 6-3, weighed 245, and was extremely
mobile. His coach, Bo Rein, said, "He was strong
and quick. His talent enabled us to outline certain
plays we wouldn't have considered with normal
players. He would be a star at any position except
quarterback or wide receiver."
In 1978, after the Syracuse game, the Associated
Press named him Lineman of the Week. He played 16
years in the National Football League with Buffalo
and Atlanta then settled in Raleigh, North
Carolina, working as a flight instructor and