Biggs: 49ers giving Bruce proper sendoff in St. Louis

Isaac Bruce will get a proper sendoff from the San Francisco 49ers, at least.

Although coach Mike Singletary recently said that the veteran wide receiver would be inactive for the remainder of the season, all signs point to Bruce getting the opportunity to play Sunday at St. Louis, where Bruce starred as a member of the Greatest Show on Turf. The future Hall of Fame receiver will play in the season finale with his contract set to expire after the season. He has not said if he plans to retire, or not.

Teammate Josh Morgan approached Singletary about the idea on Monday, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

"I was kind of surprised, but if it had been me, I don't think I would have done it," Bruce said. "I'm a football player. I believe in players earning the right to play. I believe that if one player is better than another, the best player should play."

Bruce has been comfortable taking a back seat to Morgan and rookie Michael Crabtree as the 49ers offense grows, but Morgan is making a strong case and he could wind up ceding his starting spot to Bruce.

"I had asked him earlier what his thoughts were on playing in the game. He said probably not," Singletary said. "Then when I told him about his teammates asking me, I think it shocked him to hear. It was a matter of these guys he mentored ... about what it is to be a pro, that group of guys made it known that they would like to see him play."

It’s proof that Bruce’s career isn’t defined just by great numbers—he’s fifth all-time with 1,024 receptions, second in yards with 15,208 and he has 91 touchdowns. His career has also been defined by class.

"Going back to St. Louis is always special to me," Bruce said. "It gives me a chance to see the guys who run the dome. It's an opportunity to look at the banners in the rafters (and think about) some memories I have."

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