It’s not the easiest thing to get into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Just ask Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce. Those two legendary Rams receivers have watched teammates Orlando Pace, Kurt Warner and Marshall Faulk grace the Canton gold jacket before them. Is this the year the waiting comes to an end? The NFL just announced that the two former Rams made the cut as part of the 15 finalists.
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I won’t hold my breath in regards to Torry Holt and Isaac Bruce making the Hall of Fame in the same class. This is a star-studded class and only five will be selected. However, unlike last year, this might give more of an opportunity for at least one of the former Rams to get in, if not both. This is, in fact, Isaac Bruce’s fourth time being a finalist while surprisingly enough this is the first year Torry Holt made the cut.
There’s no telling how important both receivers were in orchestrating arguably the greatest offense in NFL history. Oddly enough though, these two receivers have been penalized for playing on the same team. Skeptics have gone as far as to say Bruce and Holt benefitted too much from being in Greatest Show on Turf offense. However, one could definitely make more of an argument for Reggie Wayne who is the only other receiver finalist. Wayne had Peyton Manning practically his whole career while Bruce and Holt played with the likes of Mark Rypien, Chris Miller, Marc Bulger, Jamie Martin, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Gus Frerotte. It’s not to say Wayne doesn’t deserve to make it someday but to put Wayne in the Hall before Bruce or Holt would be a shame.
Regardless of the outcome, it’s a very good sign to see both receivers make it as finalists. You have to imagine this is Bruce’s year whereas Holt could be a year or two away. The biggest issue with these players is what lies ahead. Sooner or later Holt or Bruce or even both will be up against players like Calvin Johnson, Andre Johnson among others which could get very difficult.