Jon Ritchie

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Jon Ritchie
No. 40, 48
Position: Fullback
Personal information
Date of birth: (1974-09-04) September 4, 1974 (age 42)
Place of birth: Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
Career information
College: Stanford
NFL Draft: 1998 / Round: 3 / Pick: 63
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Receptions: 150
Total yards: 1,184
Touchdowns: 7
Player stats at

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

Early years[edit]

Ritchie attended Cumberland Valley High School near Carlisle, Pennsylvania from 1989 to 1993. He led his high school football team to the state championship in 1992.

College career[edit]

Upon graduation, Ritchie attended the University of Michigan 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 University 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. He is a member of Delta Tau Delta International Fraternity. [1]

Professional career[edit]

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 suffered a knee injury early in the 2004 season and was released from the team after the injury never allowed him to play at the same level in 2005.

Career statistics[edit]

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[edit]

Ritchie retired from the NFL in 2005, 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-TV. He has moved back to his hometown of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania 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 appears regularly on "ESPN First Take" and worked on "Outside the Lines" as an analyst during the 2009-2010 NFL season.

In September 2010, he started hosting a college football Saturday edition of SportsNation with Michelle Beadle. He also is an analyst for College Football Overdrive for ESPNews. In 2013 he became co-host on the nationally syndicated late night radio program The Artie Lange Show. The show is syndicated throughout the country on terrestrial radio and Sirius XM, the show is also broadcast live on Directv's Audience network nightly. Until April 28, 2014 when the show was canceled.

Ritchie is now an on-air personality/analyst for the NBC Sports Network and DirecTV, appearing every week on NBCSN's Fantasy Football Live and DirecTV's Fantasy Zone Channel on Sundays. He also contributes to Comcast Sports Net's regional NFL coverage and frequently discusses the NFL on NBC Radio with Jon Stashower.

Senatorial election campaign[edit]

Ritchie announced in February of 2016 that he will be running for the Pennsylvania State Senate to replace the retiring Pat Vance in Pennsylvania's 31st Senatorial District. He touts himself as a candidate that will lower taxes, will fight for pension reform, and help to revitalize Pennsylvania's education system. [2]

Video game appearances[edit]

  • 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.


  1. ^ The Rainbow, vol. 132, no. 2, p. 14,
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