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    Bruce is taking steps to keep his steps quick

    By Bill Coats
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Tuesday, Jul. 31 2007

    When the Los Angeles Rams made wide receiver Isaac Bruce their second-round
    draft pick in 1994, the 6-footer from Memphis State weighed in at a sleek 178
    pounds.

    Today, Bruce goes 188. Be assured that none of the extra pounds is fat.

    "He gets better with age. It's amazing," Rams coach Scott Linehan said. "I
    think it's proof that if you take care of yourself and your body the way he
    does and the way he eats ... it's a testament to why he has been able to play
    so long."

    Bruce is 34 and in his 14th NFL training camp, all with the Rams. Bruce, the
    only remaining LA Ram on the roster, has faced plenty of challenges for his job
    over the years, and he's turned aside all of them.

    He remains one of the team's top two wideouts, and Bruce and Torry Holt, 31,
    still form one the league's best receiving tandems. Bruce acknowledged that as
    the years click by, he has to be even more vigilant about his habits. Recently,
    he gave up sugar, depriving himself of his beloved pound cake.

    "I'm not 21 anymore," Bruce said. "There's a chance for wear and tear on your
    body, and I don't want to help that cause; I want to slow it down as much as
    possible. So, I make sure I get a ton of fruit and a ton of vegetables, and
    don't burn the candle on both ends."

    A toe injury limited Bruce to 11 games in 2005; he missed just one contest in
    the previous six seasons. He went 16 for 16 again last year, when his 78
    catches and 1,098 yards boosted his career totals to 891 and 13,376,
    respectively. He's the franchise leader in both categories.

    Bruce won't entertain queries about retirement, and he doesn't like to discuss
    his accomplishments.

    "I don't live in the past; I'm living in the future," he said.

    The immediate future at Rams Park, he acknowledged, appears bright. The shift
    from Mike Martz to Linehan is complete, which enhances the comfort level and
    raises the hopes.

    "We're really familiar with the offense as far as the passing game's concerned,
    the running game's concerned," Bruce said. "Right now, it's just going out and
    just making sure we kick everything back into our memory."

    The addition of wide receiver Drew Bennett and tight end Randy McMichael to an
    attack that ranked sixth in the 32-team league in total offense in 2006 has
    Bruce reminiscing about the "Greatest Show on Turf" days.

    Asked whether this offense compares to those, Bruce replied, "I believe so. ...
    I've got my hopes up real high. These guys are experienced, they've been in the
    heat of battle, they can make plays, and they will help us make it better for
    our defense by putting points on the board."

    RAM-BLINGS

    Tight end Joe Klopfenstein sat out Monday's practice because of a sore
    hamstring. He joined linebackers Chris Draft (throat) and Tim McGarigle
    (hamstring) on the injury list. ... Two practices are scheduled for today. The
    morning workout, which starts at 9:20, is open to the public.


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    Re: Bruce is taking steps to keep his steps quick

    So there you go, Reverand Ike has spoken.

    Eat your fruits and vegetables by the tons.

    I guess Momma was right?

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    Re: Bruce is taking steps to keep his steps quick

    Quote Originally Posted by laram0 View Post
    So there you go, Reverand Ike has spoken.

    Eat your fruits and vegetables by the tons.

    I guess Momma was right?
    you know it must be true if Ike said it.

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    Re: Bruce is taking steps to keep his steps quick

    Gotta like this quote....

    Asked whether this offense compares to those, Bruce replied, "I believe so. ...
    I've got my hopes up real high. These guys are experienced, they've been in the
    heat of battle, they can make plays, and they will help us make it better for
    our defense by putting points on the board."
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

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