Colts: Isaac Bruce’s comments disrespected Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne
By Jerry Trotta
The Indianapolis Colts once boasted one of the best wide receiver duos in NFL history, though Reggie Wayne is still waiting to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The other member of that duo, Marvin Harrison, was one of the clear best wideouts of his generation and registered eight straight seasons of at least 1,100 receiving yards.
When you reminisce on Wayne’s and Harrison’s careers, they really deserve more recognition as one of the best receiving tandems of all time.
In unsurprising fashion, this narrative of the pair being swept to the side continued this week when former Rams star Isaac Bruce declared himself and Torry Holt to be the best WR duo in league history.
It’s not surprising that Bruce went down this road, but to not even show Wayne and Harrison some love as an honorable mention was extremely disrespectful.
Isaac Bruce just disrespected Colts WRs Marvin Harrison and Reggie Wayne.
"“It may seem like a whole lot of arrogance to other people, but numbers don’t lie,” Bruce said during an interview with CBS. “Everything we put on the football field, the film, it is what it is. You can always go back and turn it on.”"
You’d think Bruce would’ve assembled a more compelling argument about such a monumental claim, but here we are. Care to guess what the former second-round pick’s rebuttal was when he was asked about Vikings duo Randy Moss and Chris Carter?
“We won a Super Bowl,” Bruce said.
If championships are the determining factor in this debate, then Harrison and Wayne deserve more recognition for winning one with the Colts in 2006, no?
Furthermore, the last time we checked, Harrison and Wayne rank ninth and 10th, respectively, in all-time receiving yards. Outside of Larry Fitzgerald, they’re the only receivers in the top 10 who spent their entire careers with one franchise. That has to count for something.
In terms of career receptions, Harrison and Wayne rank fifth and 10th amongst the all-time greats. For context, the Rams’ tandem rank 13th (Bruce) and 21st (Holt) in the reception department, including fifth and 16th in receiving yards.
These stats certainly don’t help Bruce’s argument. There’s nothing more we hate than pitting former players against one another, but we couldn’t help but take Bruce to task for failing to consider Harrison and Wayne as legitimate candidates.
Not only are the Colts duo’s stats superior to those of Bruce and Holt, but they also have a championship to show for their careers. What more needs to be said?