Rams will honor Isaac Bruce by retiring his number Sunday

The last member of the Los Angeles Rams to play for the St. Louis Rams will have his jersey No. 80 retired on Sunday when the organization honors wide receiver Isaac Bruce in a pregame ceremony.

The Rams will honor one of the best wide receivers in the league over the last several decades and luminaries are returning for the occasion. Mike Martz, the offensive coordinator for the Chicago Bears, who have a bye this weekend, will introduce Bruce. Former Rams coach Dick Vermeil will take part in the event.

“I've had the fortunate chance to see other great players, not only in football but in other sports have their numbers retired," Bruce said, according to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “You're pretty much ingrained into an organization once you're drafted or you sign with that team. But to have that organization retire your number? This happens to people like Jackie Robinson and other great players.”

Bruce was obviously a huge part of the team’s rise to dominance and he embraces St. Louis, where he still keeps a residence.

"For me to come back to town and I see kids in elementary school right now who know about the Greatest Show on Turf, who know about the history of the Rams, it's satisfying," Bruce said. "You kind of get chills just knowing these people weren't even born, or they were very young at the time. But they have those memories that were passed on obviously from their parents, their uncles, their aunts. So, it's big. It's huge. That era was huge for us."

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