Arland Bruce III
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Aralnd Bruce III at the 99th Grey Cup
|Date of birth||November 23, 1977|
|Place of birth||Olathe, Kansas|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||191 lb (87 kg)|
|High school||Olathe North|
|NFL draft||2000 / Undrafted|
|2000||Kansas City Chiefs|
|2001–2002||Winnipeg Blue Bombers|
|2003||San Francisco 49ers|
|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)|
Arland Richard Bruce III (born November 23, 1977) is a former Canadian football wide receiver. 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.
- 1 High School career
- 2 Junior College career
- 3 NCAA Division I-A career
- 4 Professional career
- 5 Statistics
- 6 Personal life
- 7 References
- 8 External links
High School career
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
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 touchdowns and was named a Second-Team All-American selection.
NCAA Division I-A career
Kansas City Chiefs
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
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
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.
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 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. 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."
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.
In July 2011, Bruce declared his intention to change his name to "Runako Reth".
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. 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. On January 18, 2013 Arland Bruce was released by the BC Lions.
On January 21, 2013 Bruce signed with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. 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 Michael Sam to, "get on his knees and submit to God fully". 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.
|2008||TOR||18||92||1,210||13.2||51||9||Team did not qualify|
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. 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.
- "CFL: Arland Bruce fined for comic book homage". NationalPost.com. 2008-09-02. Retrieved 2009-01-07.
- Wiener, Jon (2009-07-02). "CFL player Arland Bruce penalized for Michael Jackson tribute". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2009-07-02.
- Lefko, Perry (2009-07-02). "Bruce fined for Jackson tribute". Sportsnet.ca. Retrieved 2009-07-02.
- "Argonauts trade receiver Bruce to Tiger-Cats". TSN. 2009-07-29. Retrieved 2009-07-29.
- Fitz-Gerald, Sean (2009-07-29). "Arland Bruce III shipped to Hamilton for picks, prospect". National Post. Retrieved 2009-07-29.[permanent dead link]
- "CFL: Bruce leads Ticats in the bizarre". Toronto Sun. 2011-07-20. Retrieved 2011-07-22.
- http://www.cfl.ca/article/ticats-trade-receiver-bruce-to-lions Ticats trade receiver Bruce to Lions
- "Bruce resigns with the BC Lions". CFL.ca. 2012-01-26. Retrieved 2012-01-26.
- "Bruce released by the BC Lions". CFL.ca. 2013-01-18. Retrieved 2013-01-19.
- Milton, Steve (2013-01-21). "Porter signs with the Alouettes". CFL.ca. Retrieved 2012-01-21.
- Arland Bruce, Bryant Turner Jr. fined for anti-gay remarks
- "Alouettes cut ties with veteran receiver Bruce III". TSN.ca. 2014-02-26. Retrieved 2014-02-26.