Redskins legend Saul joins Sports Breakfast slate

Former Washington Redskins offensive lineman Ron Saul, one of the original “Hogs” made famous during some the franchise’s best seasons in the late 1970s and early 1980s, has been announced as a guest for the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival’s Partlow Insurance Sports Breakfast, presented by Grange Insurance.

Ron Saul and his identical twin brother, Rich, were born Feb. 5, 1948, in Butler, Pennsylvania. Ron and Rich both grew up playing football and baseball. Both brothers went on to play for Michigan State; and, after their 1969 season at MSU, were named All-Big Ten, Academic All-American, and Football All-American, with Ron being voted the Spartan’s Most Valuable Player. It was during the 1970 draft when the brothers parted ways. Ron was drafted by the Houston Oilers in the fifth round, and Rich was picked by the Los Angeles Rams in round eight. Ron became a first-year regular with Houston at offensive guard. Besides being the only twins to simultaneously play in the NFL, the Saul family had a third brother, Bill, who was a linebacker for the Baltimore Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers. Together, the Saul family played in the NFL for a total of 35 years.

Ron Saul played for the Oilers from 1970 through 1975. After that season, Redskins coach George Allen arranged a trade: Allen gave up Washington’s third, fifth, and sixth round draft picks; and, Ron Saul played the next seven years with the Redskins as a guard. He was credited with opening many of the holes for the “Diesel” himself, John Riggins. He retired after the Redskins’ 1982 Super Bowl season.

Ron Saul was All-Pro in 1979, which he feels was his best football honor. He considers greatest honor has always been earning Academic All-American. Off the field, Ron Saul has made significant contributions in community service since his retirement. He has participated in the Washington Redskins’ Charitable Foundation events for more than 15 years. In addition, he and his wife Robin are committed to giving back to the community within the Washington Metropolitan area by participating in other charitable foundations: John Hopkins Children’s Center, St. Jude Hospital, the Shelterhouse and more.

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Sports Breakfast, Event Chairman Jim Gowdy has announced plans to have Senator Russ Potts and local auto dealer and civic activist, Dick Kern, in attendance at the event to be recognized as the founders of the event back in 1965. A special presentation will be made at the event entitled: “Memories of the First Fifty Years.” Local state championship coaches will be recognized; and, local outstanding high school athletes and Shenandoah University athletes will be honored.

The Sports Breakfast is scheduled for May 2 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Winchester Moose Lodge in Winchester.