Two minutes to go and the 2000 Super Bowl tied at 16, Kurt Warner
turned to his favorite receiver and fired a pass along the sideline. Isaac Bruce
took it from there, catching the pigskin and blazing a 73-yard streak down the field to score the game's decisive touchdown.
Now, ten years later, Bruce is returning to the team with which he spent 14 of his illustrious 16 seasons in the NFL.
The San Francisco 49ers and the Rams agreed Monday to a symbolic trade
that will allow Bruce to retire as a member of the team that first brought him into the league in 1994 -- when the Rams were still in Los Angeles.
Bruce holds all the Rams major receiving records
, including most career receptions
(942), career receiving yards (14,109) and receiving touchdowns (84).
is one of only 15 players in NFL history who led their franchise in the three
major receiving categories. Bruce also is the Rams' leader in postseason
receiving yards (759) and is the only player in team history with four 100-yard
receiving games in the postseason.
Bruce ranks fifth in the NFL
with 1,024 career receptions, one of only six players in NFL history to have
1,000 career receptions. He ranks second in the NFL with 15,208 career
receiving yards. His 91 career receiving touchdowns rank ninth in the
No. 80 is expected to announce his retirement tomorrow at a press conference at the Rams' training facility in Earth City.