Thursday, August 27, 2009

Ritcher wins Legends Award

Former N.C. State player Jim Ritcher, the first center to win the Outland Trophy, has been named the 2009 recipient of the President Gerald B. Ford Legends Award.

The award will be presented during the annual Rimington Trophy presentation on Jan. 16 in Lincoln, Neb.

Candidates for the award must have played center at the college or professional level, made extraordinary contributions to his team during his football career, or have proven to be an exemplary citizen, philanthropist or leader in the business or football community.

A two-time All-American, Ritcher played 16 years in the NFL and serves as a flight instructor and pilot for American Airlines. He is one of three former N.C. State players in the college football hall of fame. His son John played tight end for N.C. State from 2002-05, and son Harrison is a fullback on the current team.

"I am blessed and truly honored," Ritcher said of receiving the award in a statement released by the school.

Ken Tysiac