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  • Bruce Named Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019 Finalist

    Clarence Dennis STAFF WRITER
    Former Rams wide receiver Isaac Bruce has been named one of 15 Modern-era finalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019 on Thursday afternoon. The 15 Modern-era nominees will be presented to the 48-member Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee during its annual meeting the day before the Super Bowl. The 15 Modern-era nominees will join Senior finalists and Contributor Finalists — totaling 18 nominees. A modern-era Hall of Fame Finalist in 2017 and 2018, Bruce was a fellow cast member of “The Greatest Show on Turf” and was also a member of the 1999 Super Bowl Championship team in St. Louis. Bruce was selected in the second round of the 1994 NFL Draft by the then-Los Angeles Rams. He played 14 seasons as a Ram, before playing two seasons in San Francisco to close out his career. Bruce retired in 2009 and his No. 80 is retired by the Rams organization. Bruce is a four-time Pro Bowler and is the Rams’ all-time leader in touchdown receptions, with 84 and receiving yards, with 14,109. He finished his career with 1,024 receptions, 15,424 yards, and 91 touchdowns. Seven former Rams were included in the original list of 102 Modern-era Nominees back in September. The initial list included former Rams head coach Dick Vermeil, wide receivers Torry Holt, Isaac Bruce and Henry Ellard, linebacker London Fletcher, defensive lineman La’Roi Glover, and offensive line coach Jim Hanifan. The Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019 will be announced at the NFL Honors event, which airs annually on the eve of the Super Bowl.


    Come on, HOF voters, you cannot ignore a receiver with talent, stamina, and true class any longer.
    “Oh, 100 percent,” Donald said. “I feel like the words, ‘Thank you,’ ain’t enough. You’ve got to show it... Instead of saying thank you — show it.”

  • #2
    At least they have in the running someone with Class unlike TO

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    • #3
      He is overdue into the HOF.

      IB4E and Dragoon have kindly pointed to Sir Isaac's class / character. That is, in addition to his skills, talent and stats with the Rams.
      Last edited by RealRam; -01-05-2019, 05:41 PM. Reason: Format

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      • #4
        Love Bruce, but would have loved to see Ellard get in first. One of the most underrated WR of all time. Also it would be great to see Bruce & Holt go on together. All 3 deserve a spot in the HOF.

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        • #5
          Bruce is the only HOF-eligible player with 1,000+ receptions not in the HOF. Moss, Reed, Monk, Largent, Sharpe, Lofton, Irvin, Joiner, Maynard, Alworth, Swann, Stallworth........all in the HOF; all with less catches than Bruce.

          Bruce is the only HOF-eligible player with 15,000+ rec. yards not in the HOF. Brown, Harrison, Lofton, Carter, Reed, Largent, Monk, Joiner, Irvin, Maynard, Alworth, Sharpe, Swann, Stallworth.......all in the HOF; all with less yards than Bruce.

          Bruce is the only HOF-eligible player with 90+ rec. TDs not in the HOF. Maynard, Reed, Alworth, Lofton, Monk, Irvin, Joner, Stallworth, Sharpe, Swann....all in the HOF; all with less TDs than Bruce.

          This is truly a no-brainer.
          The more things change, the more they stay the same.

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          • #6
            Ike checks ALL the boxes. He's got the career numbers, he's got the single season numbers, he's got the iconic, historic plays, and he's got a Super Bowl title. He belongs in the HOF.

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            • #7
              He's an absolute no-brainer. Who in their right mind would say he's undeserving?? Sad that because he never drew attention to himself with histrionics or crying about touches that he's been overlooked. Why else could class acts like Bruce, Henry Ellard and Torry Holt be consistently bypassed?

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              • #8
                3rd time's a charm, I hope.

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                • #9
                  With all his stats others has mentioned especially those with fewer stats Bruce has a Ring....does TO have a ring C. Carter?

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                  • #10
                    Nice one.!! He deserves it. One of the best route runners I've ever seen, and a real gentleman.

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                    • #11
                      Very deserving of the honor. I truly hope we can add him along with Torry Holt at some future point. Having Kurt Warner and Marshall Faulk in the HOF plus those 2 would be the respect the GSOT should have. It's a shame Mike Martz, who constructed this offense is unlikely to ever get the recognition he deserves. That's the price for pissing off so many people over the years.

                      Go Rams!

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                      • #12
                        It is about time that Bruce gets the attention he deserves, I still cannot believe that Terrell Owens made it into the HOF before Issac Bruce!

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                        • #13
                          My only gripe with Bruce is he signed with the Whiners. Does not take away from the fact he was an amazing player for Rams. But the Whiners?

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                          • #14
                            Hacksaw Reynolds did the same thing. Georgia never liked opening the checkbook in those days.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by mde8352gorams View Post
                              It's a shame Mike Martz, who constructed this offense is unlikely to ever get the recognition he deserves. That's the price for pissing off so many people over the years.

                              Go Rams!
                              Martz hurt himself greatly by not winning Super Bowl XXXVI, where he was totally outcoached. In my eyes, his maddening tendencies as head coach masks his tremendous contributions an on offensive coordinator. And yes, you can't make the Hall if you've burned bridges and not endeared yourself to people in the league throughout the years.

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                              • ramsbruce
                                Where Are They Now? Isaac Bruce, Super Bowl XXXIV Champion
                                by ramsbruce
                                Thomas Neumann
                                ESPN.com


                                Claim to fame: Isaac Bruce was a cornerstone of the St. Louis Rams' famous Greatest Show on Turf offense, teaming with Marshall Faulk, Kurt Warner and Torry Holt to light up scoreboards around the league on a weekly basis.

                                Bruce was drafted out of Memphis State by the Los Angeles Rams in the second round of the 1994 draft, and he quickly established himself as one of the league's most reliable receivers. He relocated to St. Louis with the Rams in 1995 and ultimately played 14 seasons with the franchise. He was named to four Pro Bowl teams, including three in a row when the Rams led the NFL in both points and yardage from 1999 to 2001. He caught six passes, including the 73-yard game-winning touchdown, in Super Bowl XXXIV and recorded five receptions when the Rams narrowly lost Super Bowl XXXVI.

                                Bruce played his final two seasons with the San Francisco *****, but returned to St. Louis to announce his retirement in June 2010. At the time, ranked second in receiving yards (15,208), fifth in receptions (1,024) and ninth in touchdown catches (91). He currently ranks fourth, ninth and 12th in those categories, respectively. Bruce is the career leader in each of those three categories for the Rams franchise, and the team retired his No. 80 jersey in October 2010.

                                Prior to his retirement, Bruce held the distinction of being the last active NFL player who had competed for a Los Angeles-based franchise.

                                Catching up: Bruce, 43, lives in South Florida with wife Clegzette and their daughters, 6-year-old Isabella and 9-month-old Charis. He opened the Bruce Zone gym in Fort Lauderdale last year, with a keen interest in personal training and injury avoidance and rehabilitation, and he enjoys performing youth ministry work at his church, Words of Life, in North Miami Beach.

                                He maintains a charitable organization, the Isaac Bruce Foundation, which focuses on educational opportunities and promoting fitness and healthy lifestyles. The foundation began in 2006 and is based in the St. Louis area, but it also awards an annual scholarships to students from the University of Memphis and Broward County, Florida. In addition to scholarships, the foundation provides financial assistance to students who need transportation to college -- a situation he was in when he traveled to attend junior college in Los Angeles.

                                "When I award the scholarships every year, I totally enjoy calling up the winners and just heading the screams of excitement and the rejoicing on the other end of the phone. I truly enjoy that. Those are moments I'll always cherish and remember."

                                For the past two seasons, Bruce has also volunteered as wide receivers coach at his alma mater, Dillard High in Fort Lauderdale. "I want to help the kids mature into young men," Bruce said. "At the same time, they can learn some skills as far as playing...
                                -12-17-2015, 08:21 AM
                              • CarolinaRam
                                Bruce a Future Hall of Famer?
                                by CarolinaRam
                                Since we're talking about Isaac, I thought I should pose the question.

                                What is the criteria for Hall of Fame as a WR? In the last 20 years, there have only been eight receivers inducted (I counted).

                                Biletnikoff
                                Joiner
                                Largent
                                Lofton
                                Don Maynard
                                Tommy McDonald
                                Swann
                                Stallworth

                                Right now, there are three receivers in the semifinals for HoF - Art Monk, Andre Reed and Michael Irvin.

                                In the years coming, Jerry Rice, Tim Brown and Cris Carter are all shoe-ins. Personally, I think they should have expedited Rice's induction. He should have made his retirement speech and HOF speech at the same time.

                                Bruce is currently 10th in yards, and is sure to move up the ladder. Only 600 yards separates him from Irving Fryar, eighth on the list. After that, it's only a hop, skip and a jump to pass Steve Largent and then Andre Reed at sixth. I say if you pass Largent, you're in.

                                To make his HOF induction a sure thing, Isaac will have to have a few good years to finish out on. It wouldn't hurt to have a season like Jerry Rice did a few years back.
                                -12-18-2005, 06:25 AM
                              • AvengerRam_old
                                Bruce Closing In On Irvin
                                by AvengerRam_old
                                Isaac Bruce needs 27 yards to pass Michael Irvin on the career receiving yards list. Bruce already has more receptions and TDs than Irvin.

                                Makes you wonder... why is is that we so often hear people saying that Irvin should be in the Hall of Fame while few say this about Bruce? After this Sunday, the only indiviual categories that Bruce will likely trail Irvin in will be stupid TV quotes and felony charges.

                                Let me hear it Ram fans...

                                Bruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuce!!!!!!!!!!
                                -09-23-2005, 10:13 AM
                              • AvengerRam_old
                                Irvin's HOF Induction Should Make Bruce Automatic
                                by AvengerRam_old
                                Michael Irvin is a Hall of Famer. Can there be any question now that Isaac Bruce should be one too when he becomes eligible?

                                Let's look at the numbers:

                                Career Totals (Bruce, of course, still active):

                                Irvin: 750 receptions/11,904 yards/65 TDs
                                Bruce: 887 receptions/13,376 yards/80 TDs

                                Career Single-Season Bests:

                                Irvin: 111 receptions (1995)/1,603 yards (1995)/10 TDs (1995)
                                Bruce: 119 receptions (1995)/1,781 yards (1995)/13 TDs (1995)

                                Number of 1,000 yard seasons:

                                Irvin: 7
                                Bruce: 8

                                Playoffs (per game avgs.):

                                Irvin: 5.4 receptions/82.1 yards/.50 TDs (16 games total)
                                Bruce: 4.9 receptions/84.3 yards/.44 TDs (9 games total)

                                Add to those stats the fact that Irvin had several run-ins with the law while Bruce is one of the best character guys around, how could anyone argue that Bruce is not a sure-fire HOFer?
                                -02-03-2007, 04:51 PM
                              • Nick
                                Sean Salisbury predicts Aeneas Williams makes Hall of Fame, but Isaac Bruce does not
                                by Nick
                                On NFL Live this afternoon, Salisbury said that Aeneas is a no brainer to make the Hall of Fame, maybe a first ballot player. But Sean claims that as of right now, Bruce does not get in, though he still has years left to play. He compared Bruce to Art Monk in that he produced without drawing attention to himself with talk, and said Bruce is one of the best route runners ever.

                                For comparison, here are some more of his predictions...

                                Steve McNair - No
                                Drew Bledsoe - No
                                Ty Law - Yes
                                Derrick Brooks - Yes, maybe 1st ballot
                                Warren Sapp - No
                                John Lynch - No
                                Michael Strahan - "Tweener" but he gets in
                                Will Shields - "Biggest no brainer of the group"
                                -08-05-2005, 01:32 PM
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