Isaac Bruce takes in the crowd’s appreciation for his accomplishment as a member of the Tigers and in the NFL. (Photo: Warren Roseborough)

Fresh off of his induction into the NFL Hall of Fame, former Tigers receiver Isaac Bruce got a Memphis welcome accented by his alma mater’s big-time win over Mississippi State University at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium last Saturday.

Bruce was honored by the university, including the painting of his number on the 25-yard line. The Florida native still makes an occasional trip to Memphis or to Orlando or Tampa whenever the Tigers play there.

“This win was for Isaac, he is truly the greatest of all time,” said U of M coach Ryan Silverfield. 

“I could not ask for a better night to honor Bruce. …We are proud that we can represent him in a small way.”

Former Tiger and now NFL Hall of Fame inductee, Isaac Bruce fields a question during a break in Memphis’ game against Mississippi State. (Photo: Warren Roseborugh)

Calvin Austin III, whose play helped turn the tide in the Tigers’ favor against the SEC’s Mississippi State Bulldogs, was asked about such a performance on the night Bruce was honored and with former players in attendance.

 “It was big time … I hope it made him proud,” said Austin, who made it clear that his performance and the win was for Bruce, all of the former Tigers and the city.