ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – The Rams are gone but football is coming back to the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. The legends from the Rams’ heyday in St. Louis are coming back, too.
Former Rams great, wide receiver Isaac Bruce, has been on a mission to bring St. Louis Rams legends back to the dome for one last game. And he's pulled it off.
There are the big names like Warner, Holt, Pace, Aeneas Williams, along with favorites like Ricky Proehl, Az Hakim, Mike "The Tackle" Jones, and Keith Lyle.
It’s never left him. Isaac Bruce can still hear—still feel—that St. Louis roar.
“It was a great time, great moments, a lot of big games in that building…a lot of shared memories with the guys that are coming in to compete in this Legends of the Dome Game,” Bruce said. “There’s so many great memories, none greater than the Ricky Proehl catch that sent us all to the Super Bowl.”
So he’s bringing back the guys to rekindle the city’s love affair with its football icons.
Bruce was one of the players who moved here with the Rams from Los Angeles. He knows that love for those great teams in St. Louis will survive the pain of the Rams’ return to L.A.
“It was a devastating blow. It’s part of the business the NFL is all wrapped up in,” Bruce said. “If we can do anything to change the hearts and bring some cheer to these fans that gave us so many memories, that’s why we’re here. That’s what we plan to do this weekend.”
The dome turf is rolled out once more, all done up for what will be a flag football game. Proceeds from Saturday afternoon’s Legends of Dome Game will benefit the Isaac Bruce Foundation, which helps youth establish healthy lifestyles through a focus nutrition, fitness, and education.
“We’re going to put that together and make sure we send a lot of students here to college, feed a lot of people, clothe a lot of people and continue to do the work we’ve been doing since 2006,” Bruce said.
But make no mistake: this will be a football game.
“It’s going to start off as charity. But by the end of the game I’m sure it’ll get real physical. Guys have been texting back and forth. Some of the words I’ve been reading on these text messages … I’m glad I’m in shape,” Bruce said.
Tickets are $15 and $20. You can purchase them through Ticketmaster or at the Dome at America’s Center box office 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and before the game on Saturday. There's also an online auction offering dinner with the players and running the first-down chains on the sideline during the game.