Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Isaac Bruce Wants to Share His Knowledge

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Isaac Bruce Wants to Share His Knowledge

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Isaac Bruce remembers watching LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson, now with the Arizona Cardinals, dominate a bigger wide receiver a few years ago during a college game.

"The receiver was a physical specimen," Bruce said. "He's towering over Patrick. And Patrick was all in his chest. The guy couldn't get off the line of scrimmage. I didn't like that at all."

Bruce cringed when he saw what Peterson was doing to the wideout.

"I kind of spoke to the guy (through the TV)," Bruce said. "Either you've been coached that way or someone's allowing it to happen. This guy has no clue how to defeat this. That should not be."

Technique and knowledge at the position are everything to Bruce, who ended his 16-season NFL career second on the league's all-time list for receiving yards and No. 5 in career receptions.

Bruce's interest in seeing receivers get it right has reached a new and unusual level. In conjunction with a free football clinic he's holding June 1 at Rams Park under the auspices of the Isaac Bruce Foundation, Bruce is offering personalized instruction May 31 and June 1 at Rams Park to those serious about the craft.

There will be hundreds of youths attending the free clinic. But just a handful at the personalized teaching sessions, which aren't free. The fee is $175 for a one-hour, one-on-one session from Bruce, and $150 a person for group of two to five people.

Since he retired following the 2009 season, Bruce has spent time in training camp working with Chicago Bears wide receivers. But after all those hours put in as a player, he doesn't want to commit to a full-time coaching job in the NFL and the crazy hours that come with it. Nonetheless, he feels like he can offer something in teaching the fundamentals and the subtleties of the position he played so well for so long.

"This is kind of scratching my coaching itch right now," Bruce said. "I can go home and be at home at night, and really not have to game plan and that type of stuff. But at the same time, I can help someone else get better."

Bruce's involvement in personalized instruction began when "I had a couple guys call me and inquire about wanting to pick my brain. They wanted to get on the field with me, have me share some of the knowledge that other people gave me. …

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