Rich Saul

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Rich Saul
No. 61
Position: Center
Personal information
Date of birth: (1948-02-05)February 5, 1948
Place of birth: Butler, Pennsylvania
Date of death: April 15, 2012(2012-04-15) (aged 64)
Place of death: Newport Beach, California
Height: 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight: 241 lb (109 kg)
Career information
College: Michigan State
NFL Draft: 1970 / Round: 8 / Pick: 204
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 176
Games started: 106
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Richard Robert "Rich" Saul (February 5, 1948 – April 15, 2012) was an American football offensive lineman who played in the National Football League (NFL) from 1970 through 1981, all with the Los Angeles Rams. He played college football at Michigan State University. He had two brothers that played in the NFL. His older brother Bill Saul and his twin brother Ron Saul, who also played with the Spartans.

Professional career[edit]

After playing the role of reserve lineman from 1970 to 1974, Saul replaced Ken Iman as the starting center (American football) with the Rams in 1975. That year, the Rams beat the St. Louis Cardinals in the divisional round of the 1975-76 NFL playoffs, rushing for 237 yards. However, the team lost to the Dallas Cowboys in the NFC championship game. In 1976, the Rams beat the Cowboys in the divisional round of the 1976-77 NFL playoffs, rushing for 120 yards. But they lost the NFC championship game to the Minnesota Vikings, and, the following year, lost the divisional round of the 1977-78 NFL playoffs to the same team. They finally beat the Vikings in the 1978-79 NFL playoffs. However, they lost again to the Cowboys in the NFC championship game. In the 1979-80 NFL playoffs the Rams defeated the Cowboys and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to win the NFC title, rushing for 159 and 216 yards, respectively. But they had a more difficult time running against the Pittsburgh Steelers, only 107 yards, losing Super Bowl XIV. In the 1980-81 NFL playoffs, the Rams lost to the Cowboys again, this time in a wild card game. In Saul's final year, 1981, the Rams deteriorated to a won-lost record of 6-10, his final game being a 30-7 loss to the Washington Redskins.

Saul was selected to six Pro Bowls (1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981) during his career.

Death[edit]

Saul died on April 15, 2012, at the age of 64 after having suffered with leukemia for nine years.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Florio, Mike (April 15, 2012). "Former Rams center Rich Saul passes at 64". profootballtalk.com. Retrieved 2012-04-15.