Issac Bruce Will Retire As a St. Louis Ram
The official site of the St. Louis Rams announced that the Rams have acquired Issac Bruce's rights. Ostensibly, this acquisition comes via trade with the 49ers, although details of the trade were not disclosed. Evidently, the purpose is to hold a ceremonial retirement for Issac.
As we all know, Issac was the Rams' second-round selection in the 1994 draft (33rd overall). He played 14 years for the Rams, amassing 942 receptions and 14,109 yards. He compiled many of those statistics playing with highly suspect quarterbacks, such as Tony Banks, a fact that speaks volumes about Issac's ability. He had his greatest year in 1995, when he caught 119 passes for 1,781 yards. This is when he had an oft-injured Chris Miller throwing him the football.
Issac was a charter member of the Greatest Show on Turf, and he caught the game winning touchdown pass in Super Bowl 34. He is on the short-short list for greatest receiver ever with such super-luminaries as Jerry Rice, Michael Irvin, Elroy Crazylegs Hirsch and Tom Fears.
Most authorities believe he will be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame shortly after he becomes eligible in 2015-2016.
Since we have traded for his rights, I say suit him up. Issac is probably better than most our current guys . . . even now. Of course, if you were willing to fire Pat Shurmur, promote Nolan Cromwell to offensive coordinator, and make Issac the new receivers coach, I would be on board with that decision. I can't think of a better tutor for young Mardy Gilyard.
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