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An Interview With Isaac Bruce

First and foremost, thanks to Proctor and Gamble for setting up this little interview and thanks to Isaac Bruce for putting up with my meandering question style.  It was an honor to get to interview one of the greatest Rams of all time.

Rams Gab: Thanks for taking the time to talk with us here at  My first question is I just wondered if you could talk a little bit about Proctor and Gamble’s “Take it To the House” program and your involvement and the Rams fan that won.

Isaac Bruce: Proctor and Gamble has put a contest together called “Take it To the House” and I’m very proud to be a part of it.  Proctor and Gamble created Old Spice, which is the official deodorant and body wash of the NFL. We had a local contest winner here by the name of Jessica Lefort.  Jessica has won a visit with a legendary NFL player, myself Isaac Bruce.  She also won a $10,000 donation to a local school or organization in support of NFL Play 60, which encourages kids to get 60 minutes of exercise daily.  She also won a chance to win a trip to the 2011 Pro Bowl in Hawaii.  For more information on that you can visit to learn more about it.  Starting January 3rd, you can go online and vote on Jessica’s picture for a chance to win that trip to Hawaii.  And she’s dressed up to show how we celebrate football and that’s why I’m here and that’s why I’m a part of it.

RG: Great!  I also wanted to get your thoughts on the comparison between you and Steven Jackson, both being a star on a losing Rams team that quickly finds itself in playoff contention the next year.  How did that feel? Was there a change in dynamic in the team?

Rest of the interview is after the jump.

Bruce: Well, that’s interesting because I had a conversation with Steven last year and I knew that he was having a great season, but the team itself wasn’t doing too well.  I just let him know that I’ve been there and I’ve been in that same capacity – playing well and the team not doing so well.  And I told him to keep his head up because I remember very vividly, there were times when I was in the Dome and playing in a game and I would be in the very huddle just thinking to myself “Would this ever turn around?”.  And answering that question to myself, I would say that yes, this will turn around and I’m the one that’s turning it around and I’m a part of the team that’s turning it around.  And lo and beyond, here we are, the next season getting ready to play in a Super Bowl and that’s the encouragement that I gave Steven.  I could truly feel what he was going through and where he was at that time.

RG: The current Rams wide receivers have been certainly much maligned but they are on the whole still very young.  What is something that you see positive about their development as wide receivers in the NFL?

Bruce: I tell you what, they made a lot of noise when they played against Denver and Denver has one of the better cornerbacks in the NFL.  When they went down to New Orleans, I thought they made plays.  You know what, there is going to be a time they are going to have more opportunities to make plays, starting this Sunday in the divisional game against the 49ers.  I think they should base their production off past experiences.  I think they are fast enough and quick enough to get open and I think they have the ability to make plays for that offense.  And they are going to be needed big time in this game and when they prepare for a home playoff game, they are going to be needed.

RG: Speaking of the game this upcoming week, the Rams are playing the 49ers in a huge NFC West showdown in the Dome.  What do you think the Rams need to do to get back on the winning track?

Bruce: You know what?  I’d say pound that football.  Make sure they get that 8th guy in the box so that Sam Bradford can have some 1 on 1 opportunities on the outside with those receivers.  I think special teams is going to play a huge part.   And what I mean by that is kicking the ball away, getting Sam Bradford and Steven Jackson more opportunities to be on the field and score points.  I think that will be the biggest benefit that they will have this weekend along with this being a home game and the fans getting behind the team and pushing them on to the playoffs.

RG: If the Rams win on Sunday, the next clash with the Seahawks will become basically a one game playoff for the NFC West title.  The Rams have had trouble away from home, how can they neutralize the Seahawks vaunted 12th man and win the NFC West crown?

Bruce: Once again, I think that they can base it off past experience.  We were in a similar situation back in 2004.  We had to win a game in Seattle, we had to play Seattle three times that year and played them in the playoff game.  It’s not a feat that can’t be done.  We ended up winning the playoff game there in 2004.  It was loud, it was rainy, it was wet.  We have everything going against us, but it can be done.  I think after this game, the playoffs begin.  You have to have that mentality and make sure that you know that there is no time for mistakes, there’s no time for missed assignments, there is only time for winning and winning football.

(ed note: At this point of the interview, it becomes obvious that I would run through a brick wall if Isaac Bruce said so right here.  An absolutely inspirational man.)

RG: So the Rams jumped up their number of wins this year, who do you think should represent the Rams in the Pro Bowl?

Bruce: I think it is a number of guys.  Defensively I think OJ (Atogwe) should represent.  I think James Laurinaitis has had a good season.  Good enough to be awarded with a Pro Bowl nod.  Definitely Steven (Jackson) on the offensive side.  I think there are some others that could make it maybe get alternate positions or slots.  I think those guys that I named, they would definitely be there in a starting role or a backup role.

RG: We are running out of time so I will get you out of here on this, the last question is who do you have in the Super Bowl and who do you have winning?

Bruce: I’ll tell you what, in the AFC it is hard to go against what is happening in New England right now and the Jets are playing well.  I don’t want to discredit anything that the Pittsburgh Steelers are doing.  They have always been a really good team.  They are known for winning championships.  So, I’ll say the Patriots.  Here’s my thoughts on the NFC West division, how lowly it is and should a team represent the NFC West in the playoffs or shouldn’t a team represent one.  Here’s my thing.  I wouldn’t be surprised if you had a representative, not only a representative, but a Super Bowl Champion come out of the NFC West this season.  So, there I am with that.

RG: A bold prediction!  I like it.  Thanks for taking the time to talk with us.

Bruce: Thanks for having me.

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