“Reverend Ike” is one step closer to football immortality.
Joining him are 14 other players designated as modern-day finalists, two Senior Finalists and one Contributor Finalist for a grand total of 18 finalists. The Class of 2018 will be determined when the Hall Selection Committee votes in Minneapolis on the eve of the Super Bowl in February.
The selection process this year started with 108 modern-era nominees, which was brought down to 27 semi-finalists in November. Former St. Louis Rams WR Torry Holt, Bruce’s teammate for nine years, was named a semi-finalist for the second consecutive year, but wasn’t named a finalist. Bruce joins a crowded wide receiver group with fellow finalists Randy Moss and Terrell Owens.
Bruce finished his 16-year career (14 in Los Angeles/St. Louis, two in San Francisco that we don’t need to talk about) with 1,024 receptions (13th all-time), 15,208 receiving yards (5th) and 91 receiving touchdowns (12th). His 942/14,109/84 while wearing the horns are all Rams franchise records. Bruce can become the 4th member of the Greatest Show on Turf to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame, joining RB Marshall Faulk (2011), LT Orlando Pace (2016) and QB Kurt Warner (2017).
The wide receiver position is known to be log-jammed when it comes to making the Hall of Fame. From an unbiased perspective, it would be hard to put Bruce in over both Owens and Moss. Until the day he dons the gold jacket, we can always look back on what I would consider the greatest play in Rams history.