At NC State: Jim Ritcher is one of three Atlantic Coast Conference players to win the Outland Trophy, awarded annually to the nation's premier lineman. A two-time consensus All-American, Ritcher won the Outland Trophy as a Wolfpack senior in 1979, when he literally cleared the way for NC State to earn the ACC Championship. Still an active member of the Wolfpack family, Ritcher, whose son John is a redshirt senior for the 2005 squad, thrived in the NFL for 16 years, playing in four Super Bowls with the Buffalo Bills. Ritcher's No. 51 was retired on Feb. 8, 1987. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1998.
In the Professional Ranks: A first-round draft choice in 1980, Ritcher went on to play 16 seasons in the NFL, splitting time with the Buffalo Bills (1980-93) and the Atlanta Falcons (1994-95). An All-Pro choice in 1986, 1988, and 1990, Ritcher played in the 1992 and 1993 Pro Bowls. He also played in four Super Bowls with Buffalo and played in more games than any other Buffalo Bill (225).