Buffalo Bills: 30 greatest players in franchise history

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Jim Ritcher, Buffalo Bills
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1980-93. Jim Ritcher. 16. player. 16. . Guard

One of only three Bills players to ever crack the 200-game mark, Jim Ritcher was a staple along the Buffalo offensive line for what seemed like forever. Although he spent his college career at center, he starred at the left guard spot for 14 years.

During that time, he helped the Bills find their way to those four Super Bowl appearances with his terrific blocking. Although he would only earn two trips to the Pro Bowl during his time with the franchise, the amount of value he brought to the table for Buffalo was unquestionable.

Then again, what else was there to expect from the No. 16 overall pick in the 1980 NFL Draft? Ritcher may have taken a few years to assert himself as a starter along the Buffalo front-five, but once he did, the Bills got nothing but outstanding play from the North Carolina State product.

It’s a bit baffling how many guards are on this list — there are still more to come. While Ritcher may not have been the best of the bunch, he certainly made his presence felt during his 11 seasons as the Bills’ starting left guard.