Isaac Isidore Bruce was born on November 10,1972 and is an American former professional football player who was a wide receiver in the National Football League.
49 Facts About Isaac Bruce
Isaac Bruce was drafted by the Los Angeles Rams in the second round of the 1994 NFL Draft after playing college football for the University of Memphis.
Isaac Bruce is currently the athletic director of the University of Fort Lauderdale, a Christian college with HBCU roots.
An All-Pro and four-time Pro Bowl selection, Bruce amassed 15,208 receiving yards in his career.
In 2020, Isaac Bruce was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Isaac Bruce graduated from Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale in 1990.
Isaac Bruce originally signed his letter of intent to play college football for the Purdue Boilermakers in 1990, but his SAT scores were too low for Purdue to accept him.
Isaac Bruce then decided to attend West Los Angeles College, then to Santa Monica College before transferring to the Memphis State University, where he played beside fellow future NFL receiver Russell Copeland.
Isaac Bruce finished the season with a school-record 74 catches for 1,054 yards and 10 touchdowns.
Isaac Bruce earned a degree from Memphis in physical education, and he is the only Memphis player to be selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Isaac Bruce was drafted in the 2nd round by the Los Angeles Rams.
Isaac Bruce signed a 3-year, $1.75 million contract with the Rams on July 14,1994.
Isaac Bruce earned the 1994 Carroll Rosenbloom Award, given to the team rookie of the year.
Isaac Bruce was voted Rams Rookie of the Year by Orange County Sports Association and the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Association.
Isaac Bruce's first NFL reception was a 34-yard touchdown throw from Chris Miller at Atlanta on September 11,1994.
Isaac Bruce moved with the team to St Louis in 1995.
In 1995, Isaac Bruce was named the NFC's week 1 Special Teams player of the Week after blocking a punt that contributed to a Rams win.
Isaac Bruce was the NFC Offensive Player of the Week for week 6 following a 10-catch, 191 yard, 2 TD performance.
Isaac Bruce's total receiving yards for 1995 was second only to Jerry Rice's then record of 1,848 yards for one season, and is still the fifth most in a single season.
Isaac Bruce further broke four Rams' records, including most receiving yards, most receptions, most consecutive 100-yard receiving games and most 100-yard games.
Isaac Bruce made USA Today's All-Joe team, All-Madden, and All-Pro by Sports Illustrated and he was voted a first alternate to the Pro Bowl.
In 1996, Isaac Bruce led his team with 84 receptions and led the NFL with 1,338 yards.
Isaac Bruce became the first Rams receiver since Henry Ellard in 1990 and 1991 to post back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons.
On November 30,1996, Isaac Bruce was re-signed by the Rams to a 4-year $12.1 million contract extension.
In 1996 Isaac Bruce was voted to his first Pro Bowl, after having been an alternate the season before.
In 1999, Isaac Bruce was a Second-team All-Pro and was voted to his second Pro Bowl.
Isaac Bruce led Rams in receiving yards in the playoffs, with 317 yards on 13 catches with a team-high two touchdowns.
In 2000, Isaac Bruce was again a Pro Bowler and caught 87 passes for 1,471 yards and 9 touchdowns.
Isaac Bruce became the first Rams receiver to earn back-to-back Pro Bowl invitations since Henry Ellard accomplished the feat for the 1988 and 1989 seasons.
Isaac Bruce either led or was tied for the most receptions six times in 2000, led the team in receiving yards six times, and posted four 100-yard receiving games.
In 2001, the Rams returned to the Super Bowl, losing to the New England Patriots, and Isaac Bruce made the Pro Bowl for the fourth time, becoming only the third receiver in franchise history to earn three consecutive Pro Bowl invitations.
Isaac Bruce was voted offensive captain and became the franchise career leader in 100-yard receiving games, 1,000-yard seasons, and receiving touchdowns.
Isaac Bruce became just the second player in team history to post 500 career receptions vs New York Giants on October 14,2001.
Isaac Bruce became the Rams' all-time leader in receptions in 2002 while posting his fourth consecutive 1,000-yard receiving season.
On his 30th birthday, Isaac Bruce had three fumbles in a game.
In 2003, Isaac Bruce missed the 1,000-yard mark for the first time since 1998, finishing with 69 catches for 981 yards and 5 touchdowns he became the Rams' all-time leader in receiving yards, passing his position coach Henry Ellard.
That year Isaac Bruce made seven receptions for 116 yards in the NFC Divisional Playoff Game vs Carolina on January 10,2004, making him the only Rams player to have four career 100-yard postseason performances, breaking a tie with Tom Fears.
In 2004, Isaac Bruce caught 89 passes for 1,292 yards.
Isaac Bruce started the season with four consecutive 100-yard receiving performances, the first player to accomplish this feat since Houston's Charley Hennigan in 1963.
Isaac Bruce nabbed a team-high nine catches for 170 yards and one touchdown at Green Bay on November 29,2004.
That season Isaac Bruce started 15 of 16 games and notched his eighth career 1,000-yard receiving season with 1,098 yards on 74 catches with three touchdowns.
In 2007, Isaac Bruce caught 55 passes for 733 yards and 4 touchdowns, second on his team only to Torry Holt in all three categories.
On February 28,2008, Isaac Bruce was released by the Rams after refusing to take a pay cut, which the Rams promised they would not do in a previous contract renegotiation.
On February 29,2008, Isaac Bruce signed a two-year, $6 million contract with the San Francisco 49ers, to reunite with his former offensive coordinator Mike Martz.
On June 7,2010, Isaac Bruce was traded from the 49ers to the Rams so that he would be able to retire as a Ram.
Isaac Bruce was the last member of the former first-tenure Los Angeles Rams to retire.
Isaac Bruce is the elder cousin of Canadian Football League wide receiver Arland Isaac Bruce.
Isaac Bruce is the younger cousin of NFL running back Derrick Moore.
Since 1996, Isaac Bruce has provided tickets to home games to various schools and youth organizations, including partnering with Haz-Waste to provide jerseys and limousine rides for children.