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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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