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    Rams Trade for Bruce, Who Will Retire a Ram
    Monday, June 7, 2010

    ST. LOUIS ─ Wide receiver Isaac Bruce, the franchise leader in receptions, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns, will retire a St. Louis Ram. The St. Louis Rams traded with the San Francisco 49ers to acquire Bruce, the team announced today. The Rams and Bruce will hold a news conference on Wednesday, June 9, at 12:30 p.m. in the Russell Training Center auditorium.

    Bruce spent 14 seasons with the Rams after being drafted by Los Angeles in the second round (33rd overall) of the 1994 NFL Draft, and holds every major receiving record in team history, including most career receptions (942), career receiving yards (14,109) and receiving touchdowns (84). He is one of only 15 players in NFL history who lead their franchise in the three major receiving categories. Bruce also is the Ramsí leader in postseason receiving yards (759) and is the only player in team history with four 100-yard receiving games in the postseason.

    In his accomplished 16-year career, Bruce ranks fifth in the NFL with 1,024 career receptions, one of only six players in NFL history to have 1,000 career receptions. He ranks second in the NFL with 15,208 career receiving yards. His 91 career receiving touchdowns rank ninth in the league.

    Bruce made an immediate impact on the Rams, gaining 3,391 receiving yards in his first three seasons. Only Jerry Rice (3,575) and John Jefferson (3,431) recorded more receiving yards in their first three seasons.

    In 1995, Bruce had his best statistical season of his career. He set franchise season records with 119 receptions for 1,781 receiving yards. His 119 receptions rank seventh in NFL history, while his 1,781 receiving yards rank second in the NFL annals, only behind Jerry Riceís 1,848 receiving yards that same year. Bruce became the first Ram to catch 100 passes in one season, and also set the team record for most consecutive 100-yard receiving games (six) and most 100-yard games (nine) in a season. He became the first player in NFL history to record three consecutive games with at least 170 receiving yards (181, 191, 173).

    Bruce followed that season with 84 receptions and led the NFL with 1,338 receiving yards in 1996, earning his first Pro Bowl berth. He became the first Rams player since Henry Ellard in 1990 and 1991 to post back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving seasons and the first Rams to lead the league in receiving yards since Ellard in 1998. Bruce joined Tom Fears (1949-50) and Ellard (1989-91) as the only receivers in team history to post consecutive 1,000-yard receiving seasons (WR Torry Holt became the fourth in 2000-01).

    In 1999, en route to a historic victory in Super Bowl XXXIV, Bruce gained his third 1,000-yard receiving season and second Pro Bowl appearance. In the playoffs, Bruce posted two 100-yard receiving performances. In the NFC Divisional Playoff game vs. Minnesota, Bruce caught a 77-yard touchdown reception from QB Kurt Warner, the second-longest pass reception in team playoff history. In Super Bowl XXXIV, Bruce caught the game-winning, 73-yard touchdown reception that capped a 162-yard receiving game.

    Bruce earned Pro Bowl invitations following the 2000 and 2001 seasons, after becoming the then franchise leader in career 100-yard games and then just the second player in team history to post 500 career receptions.

    Bruce posted his fourth consecutive 1,000-yard receiving season in 2002, while becoming the first player in team history with at least 600 career receptions.

    In 2004, Bruce continued to break NFL receiving records, starting the season with four consecutive 100-yard receiving games, the first player to accomplish the feat since Houstonís Charley Hennigan in 1963. In 2006, Bruce notched his eighth-career 1,000-yard receiving season, tied for most in the teamís history.

    Bruce spent 2008-09 with the San Francisco 49ers. On Dec. 21, 2008, while playing for the 49ers, Bruce made his 1,000 career reception against the Rams, at the place where he made most of his career receptions Ė in the Edward Jones Dome.
    Awesome news! Thanks for everything you did Isaac Bruce, your truly one of the NFL greats! I wish you luck in your post-football life!

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  • #2
    Great player. Glad he gets to retire a Ram.

    Originally posted by fenikz
    His soft D really turns me off
    ** RIP themaninblack. You will be missed. **


    • #3
      What did they trade? 7th round pick


      • #4
        Huh? Why trade for him? Just wait for him to get cut and do that stupid one-day contract thing and all is well and good.


        • #5
          I doubt they traded anything worth anything.

          I will always assosciate Bruce with the Rams.


          • #6
            Great Player. Am i wrong to say he was never viewed as highly as he should have been by those around the league? I could be wrong and can't recall, but he was an outstanding player for a number of years, but always seemed to be an under the radar type of guy....

            Courtesy of Fenikz - Much Appreciated

            Originally posted by dRaFtDoRk
            You can't be a good corner if no one throws your way. Thats my way of seeing it.


            • #7
              Originally posted by bhaarat316 View Post
              What did they trade? 7th round pick
              That would be so ******* stupid of St. Louis if they did. Sure it's a 7th round pick that will probably never amount to anything, but you still don't give that up for a guy that's retiring. The whole retire one day contract and all this crap is stupid anyway. Who cares if what team you "retire" with. His last team will still be the 49ers because that's the last team he played with. I don't see the point and it's pretty ridiculous that everyone does this now.


              • #8
                Maybe they traded him for a conditional 7th rounder (play so many games or they don't get a pick).


                • #9
                  He was traded for nothing in return according to a 49ers source.


                  • #10
                    He should be a Hall of Famer... one of what should end up as 5 total from that '99 Superbowl offense


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by The Great Jonathan Vilma View Post
                      Great Player. Am i wrong to say he was never viewed as highly as he should have been by those around the league? I could be wrong and can't recall, but he was an outstanding player for a number of years, but always seemed to be an under the radar type of guy....
                      He reminded me of Marvin Harrison.

                      I think Bruce was a tremendous player and had a great career, but like Harrison, I think there are elements to his game that are missing that makes me not view him in the same light as a guy like Randy Moss or TO, regardless of what the numbers say.

                      Granted, Moss also was missing some elements to his game, but he was so dominant at the things he did well that you ignore his shortcomings. You can't say the same for Harrison or Bruce.


                      • #12
                        One of my favorite players. I wish Bruce best of luck on his quest to the Hall.


                        • #13
                          According to my sources he was traded for Steven Jackson and a 2011 2nd round pick.
                          I'm a state.


                          • #14
                            i think it was a 1st rounder


                            • #15
                              I heard Sam Bradford, Steven Jackson and Ron Bartell?
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