49ers one-hit wonder No. 3: Wide receiver Isaac Bruce (2008)
When one thinks of Hall of Fame wide receiver Isaac Bruce, they likely think of his days with the St. Louis Rams as part of that vaunted offense, the Greatest Show on Turf.
Rightfully so. San Francisco easily was sick at having to face off against Bruce twice a year, and he surely tormented the red and gold during that period of the Rams’ heyday.
It also didn’t help that the 49ers were in the doldrums during the mid-2000s when Bruce was winding down his St. Louis career.
So, what did the Niners do? Simply pluck away a division rival when St. Louis felt he had little more to offer.
Sure, Bruce’s first season with San Francisco wasn’t quite in line with his atypical Pro Bowl-caliber efforts during the early 2000s, although one could argue the 49ers’ own quarterbacking and offensive woes that 2008 season didn’t help matters.
Still, then-36-year-old Bruce managed to post up 61 catches for 835 yards and seven touchdowns in his first of two seasons with the Niners, leading them in each of those categories that particular year.
Bruce hung on with San Francisco for one more season in 2009, but that 2008 campaign is the epitome of a one-year wonder.