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April 17, 2012 | By Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times
Whenever he hunkered over the football, as he did for 12 seasons as center for the Los Angeles Rams, Rich Saul had a way of being not only ferocious but folksy. "Rich would get down over the ball, and there's the nose guard, and Rich is talking to him, wanting to know how his family and kids are doing," recalled former Rams guard Dennis Harrah with a laugh. "Next thing you know, Rich would be holding them up in the air, and I'd be cutting their legs out from under them. "This guy's wanting to kill us, and Rich comes up on the next play and he's wanting to talk to the guy about his family again.
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April 17, 2012 | By Sam Farmer, Los Angeles Times
Whenever he hunkered over the football, as he did for 12 seasons as center for the Los Angeles Rams, Rich Saul had a way of being not only ferocious but folksy. "Rich would get down over the ball, and there's the nose guard, and Rich is talking to him, wanting to know how his family and kids are doing," recalled former Rams guard Dennis Harrah with a laugh. "Next thing you know, Rich would be holding them up in the air, and I'd be cutting their legs out from under them. "This guy's wanting to kill us, and Rich comes up on the next play and he's wanting to talk to the guy about his family again.
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August 11, 1985 | RICH ROBERTS
The Rams honored 24 players from their 40 years in Southern California with a pregame reception and halftime ceremony at Anaheim Stadium Saturday night. Owner Georgia Frontiere presented each player with an engraved brass plate. The turnout included all but five of the living members of the 40-year team selected by readers of The Times--Merlin Olsen, Jon Arnett, Les Richter, Eddie Meador and Eric Dickerson.
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October 4, 1995 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Anaheim's Arena Football franchise began building its front office and coaching staff Tuesday, naming former Ram Rich Saul as vice president of football operations and retaining Babe Parilli as head coach. Orange County landed its first Arena franchise last week when the league's board of directors approved the sale of the Las Vegas Sting to a 10-member county investment group. The group paid more than $1 million for the Sting, one of 13 franchises in the 9-year-old league.
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December 15, 1994 | MIKE REILLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rich Saul lined up at center in six Pro Bowls and a Super Bowl, excelling at a position where anonymity was part of the job description. But put a golf club in his hands, and all that changes. Eight years after retiring from the Rams, Saul landed on national blooper shows when his wayward drive at the 1989 L.A. Open pro-am golf tournament struck none other than Hale Irwin. Irwin ended up with 16 stitches in his forehead; Saul went coast-to-coast.
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December 12, 1985 | RICH ROBERTS, Times Staff Writer
Doug Smith wasn't dismayed when nobody selected him in the National Football League draft of 1978. The NFL often ignores players from Bowling Green, so Smith just signed with the Rams as a free agent. Nor was Smith dismayed when he had to wait five years for Rich Saul to retire before he could play center. He passed the time filling in at both guard positions and, for a while, right tackle. Was he dismayed when he broke his right hand in '83? No.
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October 4, 1995 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Anaheim's Arena Football franchise began building its front office and coaching staff Tuesday, naming former Ram Rich Saul as vice president of football operations and retaining Babe Parilli as head coach. Orange County landed its first Arena franchise last week when the league's board of directors approved the sale of the Las Vegas Sting to a 10-member county investment group. The group paid more than $1 million for the Sting, one of 13 franchises in the 9-year-old league.
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September 8, 1989
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January 19, 2000
Orange County's top high school football player was honored as the best prep player in Southern California during an awards ceremony Tuesday night at The Times' offices in Costa Mesa. Matt Grootegoed of Mater Dei, The Times player of the year in Orange County, received the Glenn Davis Award as the Southland's top player before a gathering of 150 at The Times Community Room.
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November 10, 1994
Nolan Ryan and Brian Downing, two of the greatest players in Angel history, and Steve Scott and Mary Slaney, two of the greatest American milers, are among seven athletes to be inducted into the Orange County Hall of Fame, it was announced Wednesday. They are joined by former Ram center Rich Saul, boxer George Latka and tennis player Josephine Cruickshank. The induction ceremony will be held Dec. 18 at the Hall of Fame at Anaheim Stadium.
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December 15, 1994 | MIKE REILLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rich Saul lined up at center in six Pro Bowls and a Super Bowl, excelling at a position where anonymity was part of the job description. But put a golf club in his hands, and all that changes. Eight years after retiring from the Rams, Saul landed on national blooper shows when his wayward drive at the 1989 L.A. Open pro-am golf tournament struck none other than Hale Irwin. Irwin ended up with 16 stitches in his forehead; Saul went coast-to-coast.
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December 12, 1985 | RICH ROBERTS, Times Staff Writer
Doug Smith wasn't dismayed when nobody selected him in the National Football League draft of 1978. The NFL often ignores players from Bowling Green, so Smith just signed with the Rams as a free agent. Nor was Smith dismayed when he had to wait five years for Rich Saul to retire before he could play center. He passed the time filling in at both guard positions and, for a while, right tackle. Was he dismayed when he broke his right hand in '83? No.
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August 11, 1985 | RICH ROBERTS
The Rams honored 24 players from their 40 years in Southern California with a pregame reception and halftime ceremony at Anaheim Stadium Saturday night. Owner Georgia Frontiere presented each player with an engraved brass plate. The turnout included all but five of the living members of the 40-year team selected by readers of The Times--Merlin Olsen, Jon Arnett, Les Richter, Eddie Meador and Eric Dickerson.
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November 16, 1994
Dennis Murphy, commissioner of the Roller Hockey International and a key figure in the foundation of the World Hockey Assn., American Basketball Assn. and World TeamTennis, has been named winner of the 1994 Lifetime Achievement Award by the Orange County Sports Hall of Fame.
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September 22, 1994
Former Angel pitcher Nolan Ryan, who retired in 1993 after setting major league records for strikeouts (5,714) and no-hitters (seven), and former Ram running back Eric Dickerson, who set an NFL record with 2,105 yards rushing in 1984, head the list of 1994 nominees for the Orange County Sports Hall of Fame. Induction ceremonies are Nov. 20 at the Hall of Fame on the southeast side of Anaheim Stadium. Four modern-era athletes and two pre-1965 athletes will be picked from 32 nominees.
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