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Why Isaac Bruce Should Make the Hall of Fame

Posted Feb 2, 2018

Former Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Isaac Bruce is once again a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Former Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Isaac Bruce is once again a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Bruce is one of 15 modern-era finalists still in consideration for the prestigious honor. The Hall of Fame selection committee will vote on each nominee during its annual meeting on “Selection Saturday” — the day before Super Bowl LII. Later that evening, the Class of 2018 will be formally presented at NFL Honors.

This is the second nomination for Bruce, who was a key member of one of the most prolific offenses in NFL history — dubbed the Greatest Show on Turf. Last year, the Memphis product was also named a finalist, but was not selected for enshrinement.

And while some could be filled with frustration or confusion after being passed over, Bruce says he has instead chosen to be “grateful and thankful” for the tremendous honor. 

“Coming from where I came from and looking at my stature personally and the personal gifts that were given me, all I can do is a be grateful,” Bruce said. “I’m in a room right now with a lot of the guys I saw play the game that I love. It’s only 300 or so guys that have been enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, so that’s humbling to think about.”

Bruce spent the majority of his 16-year career (1994-2010) as a member of the Rams, before finishing out his career with two seasons in San Francisco. As part of the Greatest Show on Turf, Bruce was instrumental in the Rams winning Super Bowl XXXIV, catching a 73-yard game-winning touchdown in the club’s 23-16 victory.

The wideout is a four-time Pro Bowler and currently ranks No. 5 in NFL history with 15,208 yards receiving. He also holds the record as the Rams all-time leader in yards receiving, having gotten there with four consecutive 1,000 yard seasons. He also retired from the league as the franchise leader in receptions and yards from scrimmage and his No. 80 is retired.

So will Bruce get the nod on Saturday night? His former teammate defensive tackle D’Marco Farr certainly thinks he should.

“Work ethic. Competitive edge, wanting to be the best — all that stuff contributed to Isaac Bruce, the young 80, wanting to challenge for the top spots,” Farr said when asked what makes Bruce a Hall of Famer. “And then next thing you know, with longevity, now he’s got numbers for the Hall of Fame.”

“That whole cold-blooded assassin [thing] that everybody talks about with Kobe Bryant — friend or foe, it doesn’t matter, you’re getting it the same way. That was Isaac Bruce,” he continued. “That was 80 back in the day. Dogged pursuit of trying to get on top of the National Football League — team and player-wise.”

If selected to the Hall of Fame, Bruce will join his former Super Bowl teammates, including quarterback Kurt Warner, running back Marshall Faulk, and offensive tackle Orlando Pace. For Bruce, a spot alongside his teammates in Canton, Ohio would be “a privilege [and] a reward, capping off a great career.”

“I can just see the joy on their faces,” he said. “It’s funny because I saw all three of the current Hall of Fame players that I’ve played with come to the Rams. I saw them develop, I saw them make their plays. It was great to celebrate with them and I’m sure they’ll do the same with me.”

Tune into the NFL Honors Show at 6 p.m. PT to find out if the selection committee elects Bruce to the Class of 2018.