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Jon David Ritchie (born September 4, 1974 in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvaniamarker) is a former professional American football fullback in the National Football League with the Philadelphia Eagles and Oakland Raiders.

Early years

Ritchie attended Cumberland Valley High Schoolmarker from 1989-1993. He led his high school football team to the state championship in 1992. The team won the game, the only state championship the school has ever earned.

College career

Upon graduation, Ritchie attended the University of Michiganmarker as a freshman and sophomore. At Michigan, he played as a true freshman. During his career at Michigan, he rushed for 120 yards and caught two passes for 13 yards. Then in 1995 he transferred to Stanford Universitymarker where he played as a junior and senior. At Stanford, he first started as an inside linebacker, but switched to fullback. He rushed 17 times for 95 yards and received nine passes for 80 yards and two touchdowns.

Professional career

Ritchie was drafted in the third round (63rd overall) of the 1998 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders. Upon his arrival to the NFL, he started for the Raiders for five seasons. His final season with the Raiders he started in Super Bowl XXXVII where Oakland lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

In 2003 Ritchie left the Raiders and signed to play for the Philadelphia Eagles. He then played in Super Bowl XXXIX where the Eagles lost to the New England Patriots by three (24-21). After starting for the Eagles for only two seasons, he was cut by the Eagles after a devastating knee injury during the off-season that could not be fully repaired.

Career statistics

Year Rushing Receiving Combined
Att Yds Avg TD Cat Yds Avg TD Fumbles Total Points Games Played
1998 9 23 2.6 0 29 225 7.8 0 2 0 15
1999 5 12 2.4 0 45 408 9.1 1 0 6 16
2000 0 0 0.0 0 26 173 6.7 0 0 0 13
2001 0 0 0.0 0 19 154 8.1 2 0 12 15
2002 0 0 0 0 10 66 6.6 1 1 6 16
2003 1 0 1.0 0 17 86 5.1 3 0 18 16
2004 0 0 0 0 4 36 9.0 0 0 0 3
Total 15 36 2.4 0 150 1,148 7.7 7 3 42 94


After football

Ritchie retired from the NFL in 2006, and became an announcer for NFL Europa games. He has also done analyst work with CN8 for college games. And, he does NFL commentary for the local ABC station, WHTM-TVmarker. He has moved back to his hometown of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvaniamarker where he helps coach the varsity football team for which he played, the Cumberland Valley Eagles. In the high school's large auditorium, he spoke at the baccalaureate for the class of 2005 and the class of 2008. Ritchie has also appeared on "ESPN First Take" and "Outside the Lines" as an analyst during the 2009-2010 NFL season.

Video Game appearance

  • In the game NFL Street 2, Ritchie often appears as the starting running back for the Eagles instead of Brian Westbrook due to a high blocking rating.
  • He was featured in Madden NFL 1998-2005, where he was consistently one of the top ranked fullbacks in the game.


Trivia

  • Ritchie is notorious, and perhaps most famous, for constantly bleeding from the forehead. This is because he had calcium deposits in his forehead which almost resembled small horns. This caused him to bleed so much he had a special helmet designed for him. This was confirmed in July 2008 in a personal interview with Ritchie at a football camp he runs for children in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvaniamarker.
  • Ritchie is one of two players from Stanford to be drafted by the Raiders at pick 63 in the NFL Draft. The other is Teyo Johnson.
  • Ritchie enjoys playing bass, and one time was called onto the stage to play bass during a Green Day song at a performance in Philadelphia.
  • Ritchie sang and played guitar in his band called Jon Ritchie's Fault,managed by Steve Digiuseppe. They played a few local bars in Philadelphia and performed on "Lou Tilley's Sports Connection".



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