Arland Bruce III

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Arland Bruce III
No. --     free agent
Arland Bruce 2011.jpg
Aralnd Bruce III at the 99th Grey Cup
Date of birth: (1977-11-23) November 23, 1977 (age 37)
Place of birth: Olathe, Kansas
Career information
Status: Active
CFL status: International
Position(s): WR/SB
Height: 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight: 191 lb (87 kg)
College: Minnesota
High school: Olathe North
NFL Draft: 2000 / Undrafted
Organizations
As player:
2000
20012002
2003
20042009
20092011
20112012
2013
Kansas City Chiefs
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
San Francisco 49ers
Toronto Argonauts
Hamilton Tiger-Cats
BC Lions
Montreal Alouettes
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star: 2006, 2009, 2010
CFL East All-Star: 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010
Records: Most receptions in a single game (16)
Career stats
Playing stats at CFL.ca
Playing stats at NFL.com

Arland Richard Bruce III (born November 23, 1977 in Olathe, Kansas) is a Canadian football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. He was most recently a member of the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. He is a two-time Grey Cup champion, having won in 2004 with the Toronto Argonauts and in 2011 with the Lions. He has played 10 seasons in the CFL with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Toronto Argonauts, Hamilton Tiger-Cats and BC Lions. During the 2011 season, he became the 14th CFL receiver to record over 10,000 yards receiving in a career.

High School career[edit]

Bruce attended Olathe North High School in Olathe, Kansas and was a letterman in football. As a senior, he was a BlueChip Illustrated Top-100 pick, the Kansas State Player of the Year, and finished the year with 1,696 rushing yards. Bruce finished his high school career with more than 3,000 rushing yards and 50 touchdowns.

Junior College career[edit]

Bruce then attended Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kansas. As a freshman, he was named a First-Team All American selection and rushed for over 1,000 yards. During his sophomore season, he ran for 997 yards and 10 TDs and was named a Second Team All American selection.

NCAA Division I-A career[edit]

Bruce played college football for the University of Minnesota. As a senior, he helped lead his team to an 8-3 record and a Sun Bowl berth.

Professional career[edit]

Kansas City Chiefs[edit]

On April 19, 2000, Bruce was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs only to be cut by the team on August 31 of that same year.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers[edit]

On May 1, 2001, Bruce joined the CFL's Winnipeg Blue Bombers where he got his first opportunity as a professional to receive significant playing time, playing in all 18 regular season games. In his rookie season, Bruce had 818 receiving yards with 7 touchdowns. His team went on to play in the Grey Cup championship, only to lose to the Calgary Stampeders.

In 2002, Bruce surpassed the 1000 yard receiving mark by amassing 1062 receiving yards with 12 touchdowns in 17 games.

San Francisco 49ers[edit]

In 2003, Bruce returned to the U.S. to try his luck once more with the NFL. On March 3 of that year, he signed with the San Francisco 49ers where he spent much of his playing time on special teams.

Toronto Argonauts[edit]

In 2004, after being released by the 49ers following their training camp, Bruce returned to the CFL with the Toronto Argonauts, signing with them on September 3, more than halfway through the CFL season and just shortly before their Labour Day Classic game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in which he played. For the remaining seven games in the regular season, Bruce had 247 receiving yards with just one touchdown. In addition to playing receiver, Bruce also served as one of two kick returners on the team alongside incumbent Bashir Levingston. In that role, Bruce returned two kick returns for touchdowns that season. In the East Division final, Bruce led all receivers with 12 receptions for 101 yards, and returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter, helping the Argonauts advance to the Grey Cup championship that year. In the big game, the kick returning threat of both Bruce & Levingston induced the opposing B.C. Lions to punt the ball out of bounds for much of the game to neutralize the threat. In addition, Bruce was once again a go to receiver amassing 79 yards on 5 receptions. Bruce and the Argos went on to win the Grey Cup.

Arland Bruce III in 2005 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario.

In 2005, Bruce established himself as the Argonauts top receiver with 1205 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns. In that same year, Bruce was named an East division all-star marking the first time in his CFL career he had ever been named to an all-star team.

In 2008, after acquiring a touchdown against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Bruce was fined an undisclosed amount by the CFL for donning a Spider-Man mask during his touchdown celebration.[1]

In 2009, he received two objectionable conduct penalties and an undisclosed fine from the CFL for a touchdown celebration against the Tiger-Cats on July 1, in which he removed his helmet, jersey, and shoulder pads, and laid down in the end zone in what he said was a tribute to the recently deceased pop star, Michael Jackson.[2] The Argonauts publicly supported the fine and disciplined Bruce additionally and he apologized to teammates at a team meeting the following day. Head coach Bart Andrus took some responsibility on himself, however, noting that, "I made the mistake of telling him in camp that once he got to the end zone I didn't care what he did but he's straight with it now and I think next time around he will celebrate in an appropriate manner."[3]

Hamilton Tiger-Cats[edit]

On July 29, 2009, Bruce was traded to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in exchange for the rights to Corey Mace, a third round pick in the 2010 CFL Draft, and a conditional third round pick in the 2011 CFL Draft a week after a dispute with coach Andrus became public and Bruce was left home for the Week 4 game in Winnipeg.[4][5]

In July 2011, Bruce declared his intention to change his name to "Runako Reth".[6]

BC Lions[edit]

On August 3, 2011, Bruce was traded to the BC Lions in exchange for a third-round draft pick in the 2012 CFL Draft and an additional conditional draft pick in the 2013 CFL Draft.[7] Bruce had a productive season with the Lions, recording 49 catches for 755 yards and eight touchdowns in 12 games. In the 99th Grey Cup game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, he had 73 yards receiving and a touchdown and won his second championship. During the following off-season, he signed a contract extension with the Lions.[8] On January 18, 2013 Arland Bruce was released by the BC Lions.[9]

Montreal Alouettes[edit]

On January 21, 2013 Bruce signed with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League.[10] Arland Bruce had a respectable 2013 season with the Alouettes. He contributed 64 pass receptions, his most since 2010, for 851 yards with 5 touchdowns. In the middle of February 2014, Bruce was fined an undisclosed amount by the CFL following his Instagram post in which he told openly gay NFL prospect Micheal Sam to, "get on his knees and submit to God fully".[11] Bruce was released by the Alouettes in late February. Bruce's high salary along with the belief that new head coach Tom Higgins would start 2 Canadian wide receivers were cited as the reasons for his dismissal.[12]

Statistics[edit]

Receiving   Regular season   Playoffs
Year Team Games No. Yards Avg Long TD Games No. Yards Avg Long TD
2001 WPG 18 48 818 17.0 62 7 2 7 122 17.4 38 1
2002 WPG 18 67 1062 15.9 55 12 2 3 79 26.3 33 0
2004 TOR 7 16 247 15.4 34 1 3 22 228 10.4 25 2
2005 TOR 16 67 1205 18.0 89 11 1 2 17 8.5 7 0
2006 TOR 18 77 1370 17.8 94 11 2 10 186 18.6 77 2
2007 TOR 14 61 839 13.8 49 7 1 4 131 32.8 90 0
2008 TOR 18 92 1210 13.2 51 9 Team did not qualify
2009 TOR 3 14 199 14.2 38 1
2009 HAM 14 74 1043 14.1 49 9 1 6 80 13.3 36 0
2010 HAM 16 86 1303 15.2 58 8 1 7 76 10.9 22 0
2011 HAM 4 9 104 11.6 33 0
2011 BC 12 49 755 15.4 100 8 2 9 155 17.2 43 1
2012 BC 18 43 603 14.0 55 5 1 6 56 9.3 19 0
2013 MON 17 64 851 13.3 86 5 1 2 26 13 15 0
CFL totals 241 767 11,609 15.1 100 94 17 78 1156 14.8 90 6

Personal life[edit]

His parents are Yolanda Bruce and Arland Richard Bruce Jr. Bruce is married to Linda Bruce, their children include a son named Arland Bruce IV.[13] He has two sisters Denise (Kansas) and Kama (California) and one brother Bryson (North Carolina). Bruce is the cousin of former NFL Wide Receiver Isaac Bruce.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "CFL: Arland Bruce fined for comic book homage". NationalPost.com. 2008-09-02. Retrieved 2009-01-07. 
  2. ^ Wiener, Jon (2009-07-02). "CFL player Arland Bruce penalized for Michael Jackson tribute". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2009-07-02. 
  3. ^ Lefko, Perry (2009-07-02). "Bruce fined for Jackson tribute". Sportsnet.ca. Retrieved 2009-07-02. 
  4. ^ "Argonauts trade receiver Bruce to Tiger-Cats". TSN. 2009-07-29. Retrieved 2009-07-29. 
  5. ^ Fitz-Gerald, Sean (2009-07-29). "Arland Bruce III shipped to Hamilton for picks, prospect". National Post. Retrieved 2009-07-29. 
  6. ^ "CFL: Bruce leads Ticats in the bizarre". Toronto Sun. 2011-07-20. Retrieved 2011-07-22. 
  7. ^ http://www.cfl.ca/article/ticats-trade-receiver-bruce-to-lions Ticats trade receiver Bruce to Lions
  8. ^ "Bruce resigns with the BC Lions". CFL.ca. 2012-01-26. Retrieved 2012-01-26. 
  9. ^ "Bruce released by the BC Lions". CFL.ca. 2013-01-18. Retrieved 2013-01-19. 
  10. ^ Milton, Steve (2013-01-21). "Porter signs with the Alouettes". CFL.ca. Retrieved 2012-01-21. 
  11. ^ Arland Bruce, Bryant Turner Jr. fined for anti-gay remarks
  12. ^ "Alouettes cut ties with veteran receiver Bruce III". TSN.ca. 2014-02-26. Retrieved 2014-02-26. 
  13. ^ http://www.sportsnet.ca/football/cfl/2011/08/03/lefko_smart_move/

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