A Homage to Isaac “the Reverend” Bruce

July 1, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

In 2008 Isaac Bruce, who had played for the Los Angeles (’94)/St. Louis Rams for fourteen seasons, was released by the franchise. “No worries,” I quietly thought, “the Rams will re-sign him just like they did in 2006 when they released him that year to restructure his contract!”
Subsequently the San Francisco 49ers signed Bruce to a two-year deal. Upon hearing the news that Bruce was going to be a Niner, I was instantly stunned and crushed; but as the NFL and other sports organizations are—a business—I understood completely, regardless of my inner-conspiracy theorist.
When Kurt Warner retired in February, fans and NFL pundits noted his upstanding membership to the NFL community and his classy offerings every time he played on the field and spoke off of it. When Isaac Bruce quietly retired a couple weeks ago on June 7, there was hardly a peep outside of the Rams community.
For example, Isaac Bruce had played his entire...

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