Isaac Bruce asks the scout who doubted him: How ya like me now?


Isaac Bruce had a lot of thank yous in his 8-minute induction speech. He might have left someone off considering his iPad containing his speech was removed from the lectern.

“We’re going to roll with it,” Bruce said. “This is coming from the heart.”

He even thanked his doubters, his detractors and the defensive backs he played against.

“To the nameless voice who called me two weeks before the draft in 1994 that let me know that the NFL wasn’t checking for me. They didn’t like me. They liked more of NFL legends Bert Emanuel and Ryan Yarborough,” said Bruce, whom the Rams drafted 33rd overall, eight spots ahead of Yarborough and 12 ahead of Emanuel. “I know you’re alive, and I prayed God would keep you alive for this day. My message to you is rap legend Kool Moe Dee wanted me to ask you: How Ya Like Me Now?”

The star receiver became the fourth member of the Rams’ high-scoring offense to earn enshrinement. He joins running back Marshall Faulk (2011), left tackle Orlando Pace (2016) and quarterback Kurt Warner (2017) in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Bruce caught 1,024 passes for 15,208 yards and 91 touchdowns in 16 NFL seasons, including 14 with the Rams.

“All the defensive backs,” Bruce said. “The ones that baptized me and the ones I baptized, I appreciate you. I love you.”

The enshrinees in the two classes this weekend were limited to 8-minute speeches with a countdown clock in front of them. Bruce noticed.

“They moved my iPad,” Bruce said. “I’ve got one minute, 32 seconds left. I ran a pretty decent 40. I was faster with pads on than I was without pads, so let’s get this. My people, I love you. We’ve got big plans in front of us. They’re supernatural, and I can’t wait, man. Father God is fighting this battle for us. We’re being driven by him, by his justice, by his vision and his recompense. Yes, it’s real. Believe that. The fishes and the hunters have been released, and as one of those fishes, allow me to announce: Blessed by you who comes in the name of the Lord.”

15 responses to “Isaac Bruce asks the scout who doubted him: How ya like me now?

  1. Yes we get it, scouts are awful human beings. Instead of doing their jobs and critically analyzing players they should just put on their pom poms and hand out trophies to every potential NFL player

  2. Honestly, he wasn’t that good. Seriously, what sane person thinks…. ISAAC BRUCE, when they think receiver. Yeah, so welcome to the hall of pretty good…. No longer the hall of fame

  3. He probably did like you now…until you used your HOF induction speech to call him out, when you could have acted like an adult and taken that higher road that you always hear about.

  4. It’s one thing to rip an anonymous scout, but it’s another thing completely to trash Bert Emanuel and Ryan Yarborough, who didn’t do anything to Issac Bruce. Things worked out great for Issac Bruce, who definitely deserves to be in the HOF. But would things have turned out the same if the Rich Kotite led Jets had drafted Bruce? Bruce has a ton of talent and worked hard, but there have been a lot of guys with talent and a good work ethic that, due to injuries and circumstances out of their control, didn’t have good NFL careers. Be thankful, Issac…and classy!

  5. Damn man, I think this is the time for the high road and not calling out naysayers from 25 years ago.

  6. What amazes me is that Rams underachieving team has 4 HOFers, and maybe 5 because Holt was a better WR than Bruce. (Does Aeneas Williams count as a Ram HOFer? He did play on the 2001 SB losing team. If so, that’s 5 already. Holt would make 6.).

  7. Calls people out, throws a couple dudes under the bus, then gives glory to his god. Keep your god buddy, don’t need him.

  8. Just like Tim Brown before him, there was no reason t should have taken over 5 years for him to get into the HOF. Thankfully with Moss, we finally had a receiver get in right away instead of waiting in the pecking order of who retired first (although even though Megatron is HOF worthy, he’s shortened career is a case of a player that should have waited a bit). Congrats Issac, you are one of the best!

  9. If Isaac Bruce pulled sharpies from behind goal posts and got in arguments with coaches on the sideline, you’d all love him more I suppose. He had the same success with QBs like Tony Banks and Chris Miller as he did with Kurt Warner. Something to consider, given that Harrison and Wayne had Manning most of their careers, and don’t get me started on Jerry Rice and his QBs.

  10. Yeah, Bruce was top 5 all time in catches and yards when he retired so it’s stupid to argue he doesn’t deserve to be there. His numbers dwarf most of the receivers already in there and all of the self serving divas still playing today. Has the clutch postseason plays too.

    Somebody told him he wasn’t good enough to be drafted, yeah he used that as motivation, just like everybody else.

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