St. Louis trades for Isaac Bruce so he can retire a Ram

We’re not sure what the St. Louis Rams gave up on their end of the deal (a kicking tee perhaps?), but they have acquired veteran wide receiver Isaac Bruce in a trade with the San Francisco 49ers. The Rams have announced that Bruce intends to announce his retirement from the NFL Wednesday.

Bruce spent the past two seasons with the 49ers after 14 decorated seasons with the Rams. He was there so long he was drafted in 1994 when the team still called Los Angeles home. He will retire second in NFL history only to Jerry Rice in receiving yards (15,208), fifth in receptions (1,024) and ninth in touchdowns (91). A key component of the Greatest Show on Turf, Bruce was a four-time Pro Bowl performer and three times was selected All-Pro.

With the growing line of retired wide receivers with shiny statistics waiting to get into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, it will be rather interesting to see how Bruce fares when his time comes. In our opinion, he is a more worthy candidate than Cris Carter and Andre Reed, two players currently waiting their turn. The debates will certainly be lively. It will be nice to see Bruce ride off into the sunset in a classy manner on Wednesday.

It would make a good deal of sense if the Rams set up some type of similar ceremony for Orlando Pace. Before the veteran left tackle could announce his retirement, the Chicago Bears released him earlier this offseason. He'll be considered a Ram forever, though, and is another Hall of Fame-worthy player that the organization should look to honor.

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