July 28, 2002
Bryce Alderton For 12 years Rich Saul banged shoulder pads with fellow grown men in the NFL. Now the former Los Angeles Rams' center, who was an All-Pro six times in his 12-year career, and five-year Corona del Mar resident bangs the occasional golf shot at one of the charity golf tournaments he participates in yearly to help raise money for abused children or for cancer research. Saul is the big guy with a big heart -- a 6-foot-3, 250-pound 54-year-old man who has spent the last 16 years working with Fidelity National Title Insurance Co. But he prefers to speak about the charities he's involved with that include an honorary chairman position on both the American Cancer Society, which he's been the chair for 12 years, and Childhelp USA, dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect.
September 17, 1999
Playing in the middle of the tough NFL trenches, Rich Saul earned many purple hearts for the Los Angeles Rams in the team's glory days of the 1970s, never missing a game in 12 seasons. But these days, Saul, the former All-Pro center who snapped to quarterbacks Roman Gabriel and Vince Ferragamo, could use a few blocks of his own in the game of life. Saul, 51, was diagnosed with colon cancer and underwent surgery in April. In May, he began an eight-month chemotherapy program following the removal of four lymph nodes.
February 4, 2007
There's an old saying that God doesn't give people tests that they can't handle. If that's true, God sure thinks Rich Saul can handle a lot. Saul, a former NFL pro-bowler who played center for the Los Angeles Rams, has been battling cancer for some eight years. But on top of that, he has seen cancer claim the life of his older brother and afflict his twin brother as well. Unbowed by this burden, Saul keeps his spirits high and has spent years battling this scourge of a disease, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars in the effort.
April 16, 2012
Rich Saul will be remembered for his work as a football player, as he should. He was a great center for the Rams. But he was so much more than the player. Saul passed away Sunday. He was 64. He had been battling leukemia since 2003, the Orange County Register reported. Saul's wife told the Register he came home April 2 for hospice care after he stayed at Hoag Hospital for 10 days. The leukemia had recently progressed to his brain, the Register reported. What a remarkable man. He had this disease and not only did he fight against it, he performed charitable acts for cancer awareness.
February 1, 2007
NEWPORT BEACH — Amid death and cancer, Rich Saul can still smile. He was grinning plenty Wednesday, not just because he was receiving an award but also because he had another day of life. Saul, a Newport Beach resident and former NFL great who is battling leukemia, received the patient courage award from the American Cancer Society at the Newport Beach Marriott. The award is given to the cancer patient or survivor who has shown exceptional courage in the fight with cancer, and who typically helps the American Cancer Society reach out and motivate others in the fight against cancer.
June 20, 2008
Usually, when I tell people I’m still a fan of the former Los Angeles Rams, they look at me in puzzlement. “Why?” they ask. “They moved away.” Yeah, yeah, they moved away. And my two brothers and my dad and I tried to break our ties to the team. When the late Georgia Frontiere announced she was moving our beloved team to St. Louis, we vowed never to root for them again. But that didn’t last. By the next season, we were back. We were, in essence, Rams junkies.
August 13, 2001
It's been six years now since my beloved Los Angeles Rams packed up and left California, and specifically Orange County, for St. Louis, tearing my heart out in the process. Six years later, I continue to be a hopeless and rabid fan of the team, which has become a little easier these days thanks to their success. So imagine my delight a few months back when, at a local athletic awards breakfast, I got to sit at the same table as Rich Saul. I know, I know, Rich Saul's name probably doesn't ring the same bells with many of you as say a Kurt Warner or a John Elway would, but his greatness is immeasurable just the same.
April 4, 2002
Richard Dunn Rich Saul was Mr. Dependability during his 12-year NFL career for the Los Angeles Rams, and, since retiring, has carried on a similar streak for charities. "For however long I'm here, all I want to know is did I make a difference in some peoples' lives," the former All-Pro center once said, while he was battling colon cancer, which he has since defeated. "The only thing that matters, when you get right down to it ... is how many people did you really help out?"