St. Louis Ram receiver Isaac Bruce's number was officially retired before the Rams' 20-10 win over the Carolina Panthers Sunday, in a 20-minute pregame ceremony. Coaches Dick Vermeil and Mike Martz were in attendance, as well as some two-dozen teammates, and the St. Louis Rams were in 1999 throwbacks for the occasion. (Which reminded me, at least, to take the opportunity to complain about how much cooler the 1999 throwbacks are than the uniforms they've worn since, which are bedecked in colors that are named, I kid you not, Millennium Blue and New Century Gold. It is the year 2010. The new century is old.)â†µ
Bruce finished his Rams career with 942 receptions, 14,109 receiving yards and 84 touchdowns, all of which are team records. His 15,208 total receiving yards are third-most in NFL history, behind only Jerry Rice and Terrell Owens. Bruce, who played one season before the team moved to St. Louis, was the last active Los Angeles Ram.
If you want to remember why his number is being retired, and those numbers aren't enough, I'd like to recommend scrolling this Super Bowl highlights clip to the two-minute mark.â†µ