St. Louis Rams' Isaac Bruce is a Hall Of Fame Man Among Us

J GatskieCorrespondent IJune 8, 2010

SEATTLE - NOVEMBER 12:  Wide receiver Isaac Bruce #80 of the St. Louis Rams readies for the snap during the NFL game against the Seattle Seahawks at Qwest Field on November 12, 2006 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks won 24-22. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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The St. Louis Rams have acquired Isaac Bruce from the San Francisco 49ers and have announced his intention to retire at a press conference on June 9.

For 14 years Bruce gracefully glided down the sidelines of St. Louis making routine catches look easy and hard catches look routine.

Bruce retires in 5th place with 1,024 receptions and second in career yards with 15,208. He had 91 career touchdowns for a career ranking of 9th place.

In 1999, Bruce was a member of the famed "Greatest Show on Turf" along with running back Marshall Faulk, wide receiver Torry Holt, and quarterback Kurt Warner.

Coach Dick Vermeil and Offensive Coordinator Mike Martz led that squad to a 13-3 record and into the Super Bowl XXXIV where they played one of the most exciting championship games ever held.

The Rams pummeled the Titans in the first two quarters but only had a 9-0 lead at halftime to show for it.

In the second half the rams scored to make it 16-0 but Tennessee scored 16 unanswered points to tie the game to set up Bruce's decisive home 73-yard home run that put the Rams up 23 to 16.

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Linebacker Mike Jones later made "The Tackle" and stopped Titans receiver Kevin Dyson at the one-yard line to win the game.

Through out his career Bruce has been known for his philanthropy and has garnered a number of Awards including the National Sportsmanship Award, Rams True Value Man of The Year, Rams Sprint Good Sport/Man of The Year, and Sports Personality of The Year.

He is nicknamed the "Reverend" due to his devout faith and desire to become one after his playing days are over. He also wants to become a substitute teacher.

Bruce founded the Isaac Bruce Foundation , which teamed up with Reach Out St. Louis to help keep youths in school and stem the dropout rate. He hopes to expand the program into a national effort.

He has also teamed up with the Healthy Youth Partnership that helps families and youths become committed to a healthy lifestyle, and provides mentoring, resources and activities to combat obesity.

He conducts football clinics for underprivileged kids and has provided game tickets since 1996 to various schools and youth organizations. Bruce partners with Haz-Waste to provide limousine rides and jerseys for children.

Other players like O.J. Atogwe also conduct clinics at the foundation which holds events like the "Holiday Gala" and "Gifts of Good Health."

Isaac Bruce is a Hall of Fame football player but he is a better person off the field than on it. Isaac Bruce, I salute you for being a solid, quality human being.