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Arland Bruce III
№: 4     Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Bruce III @ Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario.
Date of birth: November 23, 1977 (1977-11-23) (age 32)
Place of birth: Olathe, Kansas
Career information
Status: Active
CFL status: Import
Position(s): WR/SB
Height: 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight: 191 lb (87 kg)
Jersey №: 4
College: Minnesota
NFL Draft: 2000 / Undrafted
 As player:
Kansas City Chiefs
Winnipeg Blue Bombers
San Francisco 49ers
Toronto Argonauts
Hamilton Tiger-Cats
Career highlights and awards
CFL All-Star: 2006,2009
CFL East All-Star: 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009
Playing stats at
Playing stats at

Arland Richard Bruce III (born November 23, 1977 in Olathe, Kansas) is a Canadian football wide receiver for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the Canadian Football League.


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 TDs 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

On April 19, 2000, Bruce was signed by the Kansas City Chiefs only to be cut by the team on August 31 of that same year.

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.

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.

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 B.C. 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.

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 Spiderman mask during his touchdown celebration.[1]

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.[2] 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."[3]

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.[4][5]


  • He was born to Yolanda Bruce and Arland Richard Bruce Jr.
  • Married to Linda Bruce with children
  • He has 2 sisters Denise (Kansas) and Kama(California) and 1 brother Bryson (North Carolina)
  • He is the cousin of NFL Wide Receiver Isaac Bruce.


  1. ^ "CFL: Arland Bruce fined for comic book homage". 2008-09-02. Retrieved 2009-01-07.  
  2. ^ Wiener, Jon (2009-07-02). "CFL player Arland Bruce penalized for Michael Jackson tribute". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2009-07-02.  
  3. ^ Lefko, Perry (2009-07-02). "Bruce fined for Jackson tribute". Retrieved 2009-07-02.  
  4. ^ "Argonauts trade receiver Bruce to Tiger-Cats". TSN. 2009-07-29. Retrieved 2009-07-29.  
  5. ^ Fitz-Gerald, Sean (2009-07-29). "Arland Bruce III shipped to Hamilton for picks, prospect". National Post. Retrieved 2009-07-29.  

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