Isaac Bruce, who ranks second on the NFL career list with 15,208 yards receiving and fifth with 1,024 receptions, was traded by the San Francisco 49ers to the St. Louis Rams so he can retire with the team he helped lead to two Super Bowls.
Bruce, 37, will announce his retirement June 9 at a Rams news conference, the National Football League team said today in a news release. Terms of the trade weren’t disclosed.
Bruce teamed with wide receiver Torry Holt, running back Marshall Faulk and quarterback Kurt Warner when the Rams were nicknamed the “Greatest Show on Turf,” going 13-3 during the 1999 NFL season and winning the Super Bowl against the Tennessee Titans. Bruce scored the decisive touchdown on a 73-yard reception from Warner.
St. Louis returned to the Super Bowl after the 2001 season, losing to the New England Patriots.
Bruce is second on the NFL career list behind Jerry Rice’s 22,895 yards receiving. Bruce is the top active player in that category, a distinction that now will go to Terrell Owens with 14,951 yards.
Bruce also is the top active receiver, and Owens will replace him in that category with 1,006 catches. Bruce is ninth in NFL history with 91 touchdown catches.
The four-time Pro Bowl selection had eight 1,000-yard seasons in 14 years with the Rams before spending the last two seasons in San Francisco. He was held to 264 yards on 21 catches and no touchdowns last season, playing in 10 games.