Francis St. Paul
|Date of birth||April 25, 1979|
|Place of birth||Los Angeles, CA|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (175 cm)|
|Weight||180 lb (82 kg)|
|College||Northern Arizona University|
|NFL draft||2001 / Round: 6 / Pick: 197|
|Drafted by||St. Louis Rams|
|2001–02||St. Louis Rams|
|*Offseason and/or practice squad member only|
Francis St. Paul (born April 25, 1979 in Los Angeles, California) is a former American football wide receiver who was drafted from Northern Arizona University in the 2001 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. He spent two seasons with the Rams on their active roster and practice squad. He also spent time on the Pittsburgh Steelers practice squad. He was on the Jacksonville Jaguars preseason roster before signing with the Carolina Panthers in 2003.
St. Paul is an alumnus of Daniel Murphy High School, a Roman Catholic high school in Los Angeles, California. At Daniel Murphy, he lettered four times in football and three times in both basketball and track. In 1997 he was CIF Div 4 100 and 200 meters champion.
St. Paul finished his career among the all-time receivers in school history, ranking second in touchdowns (19), ninth in receptions (113) and 10th in receiving yards (1,617). St.Paul also ran track at Northern Arizona. In 2000 he was the Big Sky Conference 100 meters champion (10.48)
Professional Football Career
He was a sixth-round pick of the St. Louis Rams in the 2001 NFL Draft, playing with the Rams on the active roster and practice squad over two seasons including Super Bowl XXXVI in New Orleans. He also had stints with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars.
As a coach: On May 5, 2007 St. Paul was hired as a graduate assistant wide receivers coach at Northern Arizona University. In March of the following year, he was promoted to the full-time position as the wide receivers coach. St. Paul also served as the pro liaison for the staff and coordinated the summer camps. During his career at NAU, St. Paul coached three of the top six single-season receiving leaders in school history while the team has ranked among the top 30 in the nation in passing offense for four straight seasons, including fifth overall in the FCS in passing and total offense in 2009. In addition, his receivers helped the Lumberjacks post the top passing efficiency mark in the Big Sky and rank sixth overall in the nation in 2011. St. Paul is also responsible for developing Khalil Paden in 2011 to a career season. He was an All-Big Sky honorable mention selection, leading the team with 61 receptions, 991 receiving yards and eight touchdowns. Overall, he ranked fifth in the Big Sky in receptions and receiving yards per game.
As a recruiter: In 2012, St. Paul retired from his position as the wide receivers coach at NAU and became a west area scout for the Chicago Bears. Saint Paul is responsible for the states of California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Arizona and Nevada where he visits the various local colleges and evaluates players in whom the Bears have interest.