Well how do you like it now?
Isaac Bruce is now a Hall of Famer, and the quiet NFL star went into his business as a wide receiver for the Rams’ “Big Show on the Turf” era of the late 1990s. But long before he received a TD from fellow Hall of Famer Kurt Warner, the league was allegedly suspicious of his chances on the field of play.
During the 2021 Professional Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Bruce took some time to remind him of the “nameless voice” who told him that NFL teams don’t care about their chances in the draft and that In fact, he did it, in a few sentences. dripping with vindication:
Isaac Bruce waited years for this: “To the anonymous voice that called me two weeks before the ’94 draft to let me know that the NFL was not reviewing me … I know you are alive. I know you are listening. I prayed that you were alive. … HOW DO I LIKE IT NOW ?! “pic.twitter.com/FFSv1Kc1xy
– Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) August 8, 2021
To the unnamed voice that called me two weeks before the 1994 draft to let me know the NFL wasn’t looking at me. They didn’t like me. They liked the NFL legends Bert Emanuel and Ryan Yarborough best. I know that you are alive. I know you are listening. I prayed that God would keep you alive during this day. So my message to you is: rap legend Kool Moe Dee wanted me to ask you, “How do you like me now?”
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Interestingly, Bruce was not an undrafted player or last-round pick: he did go to St. Louis in the second round, although five wide receivers were selected before him in the 1994 NFL Draft. None of the five who preceded him are members of the Hall of Fame.
Also noteworthy is the fact that both Yarborough and Emanuel were selected nach him in the draft, at the No. 41 and 46 picks respectively, to the Jets and Falcons. Bruce was the No. 33 overall pick. Interestingly, Bruce was mean enough to spread sarcasm on all the “NFL legends” Emanuel and Yarborough.
Yarborough shined in the NFL, playing just four years in the NFL after a prolific college career. Emanuel would be a little better, catching 28 touchdowns in his short career.
With Bruce, Warner, Marshall Faulk and Orlando Pace all enshrined in the Hall of Fame, those Rams teams from the late ’90s are now immortalized. The next one, Torry Holt?
If Holt comes in, let’s hope he has a speech twice as petty as Bruce’s.