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Arland Bruce III
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Arland Bruce III at the 99th Grey Cup
Born: (1977-11-23) November 23, 1977 (age 46)
Olathe, Kansas
Career information
Status Active
CFL status International
Position(s) WR/SB
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)
Weight 191 lb (87 kg)
College Minnesota
High school Olathe North (Olathe, Kansas)
NFL draft 2000 / Undrafted
Career history
As player
2000 Kansas City Chiefs
2001–2002 Winnipeg Blue Bombers
2003 San Francisco 49ers
2004–2009 Toronto Argonauts
2009–2011 Hamilton Tiger-Cats
2011–2012 BC Lions
2013 Montreal Alouettes
Career highlights and awards
  • 92nd Grey Cup champion
  • 99th Grey Cup champion
CFL All-Star 2006, 2009, 2010
CFL East All-Star 2005, 2006, 2008–2010
Records Most receptions in a single game (16)
Career stats
  • Playing stats at (archive)
  • Playing stats at

Arland Richard Bruce III (born November 23, 1977) is a former Canadian football wide receiver. He is a two-time Grey Cup champion, having won in 2004 with the Toronto Argonauts and in 2011 with the Lions. He has played 10 seasons in the CFL with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Toronto Argonauts, Hamilton Tiger-Cats and BC Lions. During the 2011 season, he became the 14th CFL receiver to record over 10,000 yards receiving in a career.

High school career

Bruce attended Olathe North High School in Olathe, Kansas, and was a letterman in football. As a senior, he was a BlueChip Illustrated Top-100 pick, the Kansas State Player of the Year, and finished the year with 1,696 rushing yards. Bruce finished his high school career with more than 3,000 rushing yards and 50 touchdowns.

Junior college career

Bruce then attended Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kansas. As a freshman, he was named a First-team All-American selection and rushed for over 1,000 yards. During his sophomore season, he ran for 997 yards and 10 touchdowns and was named a Second-team All-American selection.

NCAA Division I-A career

Bruce played college football for the University of Minnesota. As a senior, he helped lead his team to an 8–3 record and a Sun Bowl berth.

Professional career

Kansas City Chiefs

On April 19, 2000, Bruce was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs only to be cut by the team later on.

Winnipeg Blue Bombers

On May 1, 2001, Bruce joined the CFL's Winnipeg Blue Bombers where he got his first opportunity as a professional to receive significant playing time, playing in all 18 regular season games. In his rookie season, Bruce had 818 receiving yards with 7 touchdowns. His team went on to play in the Grey Cup championship, only to lose to the Calgary Stampeders.

In 2002, Bruce surpassed the 1000 yard receiving mark by amassing 1062 receiving yards with 12 touchdowns in 17 games.

San Francisco 49ers

In 2003, Bruce returned to the U.S. to try his luck once more with the NFL. On March 3 of that year, he signed with the San Francisco 49ers where he spent much of his playing time on special teams.

Toronto Argonauts

In 2004, after being released by the 49ers following their training camp, Bruce returned to the CFL with the Toronto Argonauts, signing with them on September 3, more than halfway through the CFL season and just shortly before their Labour Day Classic game against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in which he played. For the remaining seven games in the regular season, Bruce had 247 receiving yards with just one touchdown. In addition to playing receiver, Bruce also served as one of two kick returners on the team alongside incumbent Bashir Levingston. In that role, Bruce returned two kick returns for touchdowns that season. In the East Division final, Bruce led all receivers with 12 receptions for 101 yards, and returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter, helping the Argonauts advance to the Grey Cup championship that year. In the big game, the kick returning threat of both Bruce & Levingston induced the opposing BC Lions to punt the ball out of bounds for much of the game to neutralize the threat. In addition, Bruce was once again a go to receiver amassing 79 yards on 5 receptions. Bruce and the Argos went on to win the Grey Cup.

Arland Bruce in 2005
Arland Bruce III in 2005 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario.

In 2005, Bruce established himself as the Argonauts top receiver with 1205 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns. In that same year, Bruce was named an East division all-star marking the first time in his CFL career he had ever been named to an all-star team.

In 2008, after acquiring a touchdown against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Bruce was fined an undisclosed amount by the CFL for donning a Spider-Man mask during his touchdown celebration.

In 2009, he received two objectionable conduct penalties and an undisclosed fine from the CFL for a touchdown celebration against the Tiger-Cats on July 1, in which he removed his helmet, jersey, and shoulder pads, and laid down in the end zone in what he said was a tribute to the recently deceased pop star, Michael Jackson. The Argonauts publicly supported the fine and disciplined Bruce additionally and he apologized to teammates at a team meeting the following day. Head coach Bart Andrus took some responsibility on himself, however, noting that, "I made the mistake of telling him in camp that once he got to the end zone I didn't care what he did but he's straight with it now and I think next time around he will celebrate in an appropriate manner."

Hamilton Tiger-Cats

On July 29, 2009, Bruce was traded to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in exchange for the rights to Corey Mace, a third round pick in the 2010 CFL Draft, and a conditional third round pick in the 2011 CFL Draft a week after a dispute with coach Andrus became public and Bruce was left home for the Week 4 game in Winnipeg.

In July 2011, Bruce declared his intention to change his name to "Runako Reth".

BC Lions

On August 3, 2011, Bruce was traded to the BC Lions in exchange for a third-round draft pick in the 2012 CFL Draft and an additional conditional draft pick in the 2013 CFL Draft. Bruce had a productive season with the Lions, recording 49 catches for 755 yards and eight touchdowns in 12 games. In the 99th Grey Cup game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, he had 73 yards receiving and a touchdown and won his second championship. During the following off-season, he signed a contract extension with the Lions. On January 18, 2013, Bruce was released by the BC Lions.

Montreal Alouettes

On January 21, 2013, Bruce signed with the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. Arland Bruce had a respectable 2013 season with the Alouettes. He contributed 64 pass receptions, his most since 2010, for 851 yards with 5 touchdowns. In February 2014, Bruce was fined an undisclosed amount by the CFL following his Instagram post in which he told openly gay NFL prospect Michael Sam to, "get on his knees and submit to God fully". Bruce was released by the Alouettes in late February. Bruce's high salary along with the belief that new head coach Tom Higgins would start two Canadian wide receivers were cited as the reasons for his dismissal.


Receiving   Regular season   Playoffs
Year Team Games No. Yards Avg Long TD Games No. Yards Avg Long TD
2001 WPG 18 48 818 17.0 62 7 2 7 122 17.4 38 1
2002 WPG 18 67 1,062 15.9 55 12 2 3 79 26.3 33 0
2004 TOR 7 16 247 15.4 34 1 3 22 228 10.4 25 2
2005 TOR 16 67 1,205 18.0 89 11 1 2 17 8.5 7 0
2006 TOR 18 77 1,370 17.8 94 11 2 10 186 18.6 77 2
2007 TOR 14 61 839 13.8 49 7 1 4 131 32.8 90 0
2008 TOR 18 92 1,210 13.2 51 9 Team did not qualify
2009 TOR 3 14 199 14.2 38 1
2009 HAM 14 74 1,043 14.1 49 9 1 6 80 13.3 36 0
2010 HAM 16 86 1,303 15.2 58 8 1 7 76 10.9 22 0
2011 HAM 4 9 104 11.6 33 0
2011 BC 12 49 755 15.4 100 8 2 9 155 17.2 43 1
2012 BC 18 43 603 14.0 55 5 1 6 56 9.3 19 0
2013 MTL 17 64 851 13.3 86 5 1 2 26 13 15 0
CFL totals 241 767 11,609 15.1 100 94 17 78 1,156 14.8 90 6

Personal life

His parents are Yolanda Bruce and Arland Richard Bruce Jr. Bruce was married to Linda Bruce, their children include three sons named Arland Bruce IV, Aiden Bruce, and Akobi Bruce. He has two sisters Denise (Kansas) and Kama (California) and one brother Bryson (North Carolina). Bruce is the cousin of former NFL wide receiver Isaac Bruce.

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