The Los Angeles Rams are a relative unknown heading into the 2020 season as there have been major changes both on the roster and on the sidelines.
The Rams managed a respectable 9-7 record during the 2019 season, but did not make the playoffs for the first time since Sean McVay took over as head coach. This prompted an overhaul of the coaching staff, and the front office decided to part ways with several key members of the team, most notably Todd Gurley.
While Los Angeles has plenty to prove, the main story has been about the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and how that is affecting professional sports. Teams were forced to begin their offseasons virtually, but so far the upcoming season is still on schedule to be played in arenas.
Although games will likely still happen, the Pro Football Hall of Fame announced that their 2020 enshrinement will be postponed until Aug. 2021.
“The health and safety of our Hall of Famers, fans and volunteers who make Enshrinement Week so special remains our top priority,” said David Baker, president and CEO of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. “The Hall will honor the Centennial Class of 2020 next August, along with what promises to be an equally spectacular Class of 2021, as part of a multi-day celebration of football with an atmosphere that will deliver for fans ‘Twice the Fun in ’21.’”
“We believe postponing Enshrinement Week events in 2020 is the right way to honor our Enshrinees and their families properly, along with the other living Gold Jackets who want to come to Canton for this celebration,” Baker said. “We also believe next year promises to be the greatest gathering in football ever.”
This is disappointing but obviously an understandable result given the current state of things. It must be particularly hard for someone like Rams legend Isaac Bruce though as he was finally slated to be honored in Canton. Bruce has been a worthy candidate for the Hall of Fame for years and finally earned his place this year, but now he will need to wait another year before being officially inducted.
A member of the “Greatest Show on Turf,” Bruce helped lead the Rams to their only Super Bowl win in 1999. For his career, the receiver compiled 1,024 receptions for 15,208 yards and 91 touchdowns. While his time will have to wait, there is no reason for Los Angeles and its fans not to celebrate the accomplishment this year.
Additionally, it could lead to him being inducted with former teammate Torry Holt if he gets elected next year.