Richard Ritchie was a quarterback for the Javelinas in 1973-76. He started 39 consecutive games and the team compiled a 39-0-0 record during that streak. He was inducted into the Javelina Hall of Fame in 1983.
He also quarterbacked the team to three national titles and took three Lone Star Conference championships.
Ritchie gained a starting role in the final game of his freshman season and remained in the position for the next three years.
He was named to the Associated Press Little All-America team and NAIA All-America, was NAIA player of the year in 1976, was the LSC back of the year in 1975 and 1976 and was All-LSC for three seasons.
Ritchie was named the most valuable player in the NAIA semifinal games in 1974, 1975 and 1976 and was selected LSC player of the week seven times during his career.
He led the LSC in scoring in 1976 and led the team in passing in 1974, 1975 and 1976. He also handled the placekicking for the squad and set several records in that category.
Ritchie was an Academic All-American, was LSC all-academic for three years and was a member of Alpha Chi scholastic fraternity. He served as a captain in 1976.
At the time he concluded is career with the Javelinas, Ritchie held LSC career records for best passing percentage and most total yards, and he had eight school records.
Ritchie has been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame and the Javelina Hall of Fame.
He is a member of the Texas A&M-Kingsville Foundation board of directors.
Ritchie coached at the University of Texas, North Texas and Texas Tech before becoming an attorney and setting up a practice in his hometown of Mineral Wells.