The Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams were one of the best offensive teams in the NFL from 1999-2001. One player on that team who was dominant in his position was wide receiver, Isaac Bruce. Bruce played 16 seasons in the NFL with the Rams and the San Francisco 49ers.
He won a Super Bowl with the Rams during the 1999 season and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year.
Isaac Bruce’s NFL career
The Rams drafted Bruce in the second round of the 1994 NFL Draft. During his first season, he received the Carroll Rosenbloom Award, which is given to the team rookie of the year. That season he played in 12 games finishing with 272 receiving yards with three touchdowns.
In his next season, he saw his numbers jump tremendously. During the 1995 season, he had 1,781 yards and 13 touchdowns. His 119 receptions that year were the most in NFL history by a player 25 and under. He would continue to become a top receiver in the league for many years, and he was an important piece to the Rams’ success.
Bruce’s playmaking abilities as a receiver helped the Rams win big games and have a lot of success for numerous seasons. Though he had some minor setbacks with some injuries, that did not stop him from having success on the field. Rams’ quarterback Kurt Warner knew he could throw the ball in Bruce’s direction, and he would go get it.
While playing with the Rams, Bruce teamed up with Torry Holt to former one of the best wide receiver duos in the league. During the 2000 season, Bruce and Holt became the second wide receiver duo from the same team to each gain over 1,400 yards in the same season.
A Super Bowl champion
During the 1999 season, when the Rams won the championship, Bruce was a First-team All-Pro and was voted to his second Pro Bowl. That season he caught 77 passes for 1,165 yards and 12 touchdowns.
The Rams had a 13-3 record heading into the playoffs. Bruce led the team in receiving yards in the playoffs with 317 yards on 13 catches. In the Super Bowl game, he caught Warner’s 73-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter to give the Rams a 23-16 lead, which ended up being the game-winner.
After playing 14 seasons with the Rams, Bruce finished his final two seasons playing for the 49ers.
A successful NFL career
Bruce will go down as one of the best receivers in the history of the NFL. In 2007 he achieved 14, 109 receiving yards and 942 receptions, which put him sixth for all-time receptions and third for total yards. He’s also 13th all-time in receiving touchdowns with 84.
Arguably one of the best receivers in Rams’ history, Bruce made his mark on the team and in the NFL. He was an offensive threat during his playing career, and defensive backs had a tough time trying to defend him. Now that he was recently inducted into the Hall of Fame, his legacy will always be remembered in the NFL. What he did for the Rams’ organization will touch many people.