Disclaimer: If you haven't seen Pulp Fiction this might be a little confusing at first.
The other day JRPhillips posted a FanPost discussing Isaac Bruce's relatively terse interview with Matt Maiocco. It involved a lot of yes and no answers and nothing particularly in depth. Of course, he also made his point pretty clear on a few questions and I'm really not one to question an all-time great wide receiver. Consider this a follow-up to that FanPost.
After that interview, Isaac Bruce had an interesting interview with Lowell Cohn of the Press Democrat that inspired me. In the interview Bruce got rather in depth about his religious beliefs. He quoted Proverbs and discussed how he responds to players who will cuss at him trying to rile him up (as he says he does not swear). His response to those who try and bait him?
I empower you to prosper.
As I read over the interview as a whole, something clicked in my head and I realized I was reminded of Samuel L. Jackson's character Jules in Pulp Fiction (video includes some graphic language and violence):
"There's a passage I got memorized, seems appropriate for this situation: Ezekiel 25:16. 'The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyrrany of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee.'"
Why am I quoting this? Well I'm officially sold on the "Isaac Bruce is a badass" bandwagon. As far as I'm concerned, Isaac Bruce is the less violent version of Jules from Pulp Fiction. There's a cool, calm, collected seriousness about the man. In his interview with Lowell Cohn, Bruce quotes scripture numerous times to make specific points. While I'm not a particularly religious individual, I see the points Bruce is looking to make. It helps to explain why he is careful in what he says to the press.
In considering all of this, Isaac Bruuuuuuuuce is defintely climbing my ladder of favorite players. Considering his time with the Rams he'll never be an all-time favorite, but given his attitude about football and life, consider me a fan. Something just seems bad-ass about the man...thus the comparison to Samuel L. Jackson.