The NFL has decided to postpone the 2020 Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Canton, OH on Aug. 3 that would have honored Isaac Bruce.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the ceremony and game between the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers that was set to be played will be held next year.
“The health and safety of our Hall of Famers, fans and volunteers who make Enshrinement Week so special remains our top priority,” Pro Football Hall of Fame president and CEO David Baker said on the postponement of the ceremony. “The Hall will honor the Centennial Class of 2020 next August, along with what promises to be an equally spectacular Class of 2021, as part of a multi-day celebration of football with an atmosphere that will deliver for fans Twice the Fun in ’21.”
The now 47-year-old Bruce had been a Pro Football Hall of Fame finalist four previous times before finally breaking through in his sixth year of eligibility.
In Bruce’s 14 seasons with the Los Angeles/St. Louis Rams, he posted an impressive 1,024 receptions resulting in 15,208 yards and 91 touchdowns.
When Bruce retired after the 2009 NFL season, he had totaled the fifth-most receptions in history and was second in all-time receiving yards as well.
In only his second season with the Rams, Bruce posted one of the single greatest seasons by a wide receiver with 119 receptions, 1,781 yards, and 13 touchdowns.
With one Super Bowl championship and four Pro Bowl appearances under his belt with the Rams, Bruce’s spot in the Hall of Fame now is certainly well deserved.
Unfortunately, Bruce will have to wait until next year to give his enshrinement speech and be officially inducted due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Along with the ceremony, the league’s willingness to cancel their annual Hall of Fame game does not bode well for the rest of the 2020 NFL preseason games.
There have been discussions circulating around the league possibly shortening the preseason and this would serve as the first step in doing so with this latest news.
With the NFL continuing to develop procedures to protect everyone, an abbreviated preseason might be one of the most likely options now during the pandemic.