Arland Bruce III


194 lbs


5' 11"






Nov 23rd, 1977

Career Years:






2012: B.C. Lions Bruce snagged 43 passes for 603 yards and five touchdowns.


 Arland opened the season in Hamilton, where he started, making nine receptions for 104 yards before joining the Lions in a trade Aug 7/11 in exchange for a third round draft pick in 2012. He started the final 12 games of the season for BC, recording 49 catches for 755 yards and eight touchdowns. Arland recorded a career-high 100-yard reception on Sep 24/11 at Saskatchewan in a 42-5 win and had 82 receiving yards in the 2011 West Final to go along with 5 receptions for 73 yards and a 25-yard TD in the Grey Cup win over Winnipeg. Despite playing only 12 games for the Lions, Arland finished third in receiving and enjoyed two 100-yard games.


He recorded his 6th 1,000-yard receiving season in the CFL with 86 catches for 1,303 yards and 8 TouchDowns. This earned him a divisional all-star honour for the 5th time and a spot on the CFL All-Star team for the 3rd time and for the second year in a row. Arland was named Offensive Player of the-Week in Week #5 when he registered a CFL-record 16 receptions for 272 yards and two TDs versus Saskatchewan. The 272-yard performance was the sixth-highest individual yards total in league history and he followed that performance with another 11 catches for 197 yards the very next week versus Winnipeg. Had a total of four 100-yard games and finished third overall in receiving.


Arland played in only three games with the Argonauts before being traded to the Tiger-Cats on July 27th.  He caught 14 passes for 199 receiving yards and one touchdow for the Cats and spent one game on the inactive list.


Played in all 18 games during his fifth season with the Argonauts…led the Argos with 92 receptions for 1,210 yards…also scored nine touchdowns…was named an East Division All-Star for the third time in his career.


Played in 14 games in his fourth season as an Argonaut…played in one playoff game, recording four receptions for 131 yards…led the Argos with 61 receptions for 855 yards and seven touchdowns.


Named Argos’ Most Outstanding Player by the Toronto chapter of the FRC…Named East Division All-Star for the second consecutive season…Named CFL All-Star for the first time in his career…Started at receiver in first pre-season game against Hamilton…Started at receiver in second pre-season game at Hamilton…Week 1, started at WR and led all players with 76 yards receiving and one TD…Week 2, started at receiver and lined up at KR in Winnipeg…Week 3, started at Wreceiver in B.C. and led Argos in receiving with 120 yards…Week 4, started at receiver and recorded five catches for 73 yards…Week 5, started at receiver and recorded a team-best 136 yards on 4 receptions, including a 94-yard catch and run to set up the gamewinning touchdown, the longest reception of his career (22/07/06)…Week 6, started at receiver and generated 70 receiving yards against B.C…Week 7, started at receiver and returned kickoffs vs. Montreal…Week 8, started at receiver and returned kicks in win over Hamilton…Recorded an Argo single-game career-high 171 yards receiving (12/08/06) on seven catches, including 41-yard over-the-shoulder catch to set up the team’s second major…Week 9, started at WR and led all receivers with 108 yards receiving, including a miraculous 83-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown in win over Montreal…Week 10, started at receiver and made 4 catches for 58 yards, including a miraculous game-winning TD catch in the back of the endzone…Week 11, started at receiver and caught two TD’s in win over Hamilton…His 29-yard TD reception in the third quarter helped Damon Allen surpass Warren Moon as pro-football’s all-time leading passer…Week 12, started at receiver in win over Hamilton…Week 13, started at reciever and led all players with 106 yards receiving and two TD in Calgary…Week 14, started at receiver and generated 52 yards receiving in win over Calgary…Week 15, started at receiver and caught two TDs in win over Edmonton… Week 16, started at WR and KR, making two catches for 87 yards and a touchdown in win over Edmonton…Week 17, started at receiver and KR vs Saskatchewan and earned Runner-Up CFL Special Teams Player of the Week…Week 18, started at receiver in loss to Montreal and played a sparkling game finishing with 124 receiving yards and the team’s only TD…Earned runner-up CFL Offensive Player of the Week.


Named East Division All-Star for first time in his career…Was one of three Argos to generate over 1000 yards receiving in the season…Started at receiver for both pre-season games versus Hamilton and 16 regular season games, missing only two games due to injury…Week 2, led all receivers with 123 yards in win at Calgary… Week 3, led all Argo receivers with 79 yards receiving and had 2 TDs…Week 5, did not play due to adductor injury…Week 6, returned to starting line-up at WR and caught 6 balls for 84 yards…Week 8, finished second on the team in receiving yards with 104, including an 89-yard TD reception which was the longest of his career (20/08/05 at Edm)… Week 10, started at receiver and scored the team’s first TD in Labour Day game at Hamilton…Week 11, led all players with 101 yards receiving and two TD catches versus Hamilton…Week 12, started at receiver and primary P/K returner and generated 185 all-purpose yards in Saskatchewan…Week 13, led all Argo players with 90-yards receiving and two touchdowns. He also completed a 31-yard pass to fellow receiver Michael Palmer…Week 14, finished second on the team with 98 yards receiving versus Edmonton…Week 15, led all players with 137 yards receiving and caught a 46-yard pass in the dying moments to set up the game winning field goal. Surpassed 1,000 yards receiving on the season for second time in his CFL career…Week 16, recorded first touchdown of the game in 49-23 route of Montreal at Olympic Stadium… Week 18, did not dress in final regular season game due to foot injury...2005 Playoffs:Started at receiver in East Championship versus Montreal.


Released by San Francisco following training camp...signed as a free agent with Toronto on September 3...Started in Weeks 12-19 as SB and kick returner...Week 12, dressed for first game as an Argo (06/09/04) for the Labour Day Classic in Hamilton, started as a kick returner but was thrust into duty at receiver following two ejections. Returned 3 punts for 49 yards (LG 31) and ran back 3 kickoffs for 88 yards (LG 33) also caught 2 passes for 27 yards (LG 15), was named CFL Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts for the first time in his CFL career...Week 15, started at SB and kick returner, scored his second punt return TD (81 yards) in as many games, earned CFL Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts...Named CFL Special Teams Player of the Month for September...Week 16, scored his first receiving touchdown as an Argo on an 11 yard pass from Michael Bishop, was 2nd runner up for Special Teams Player of the Week for his 127 kick return yards vs Calgary...Week 17 vs BC, recorded 278 combined yards...Week 18 at Calgary, earned honourable mention as CFL Special Teams Player of the Week...did not dress in final week of season vs Montreal due to injury (turf toe)...finished season 18th in League with 1,303 combined yards in just seven CFL games...2004 Playoffs started at SB and played special teams, recording 5 catches for 48 yards (LG 18) and 1 TD from Damon Allen, also tallied 5 punt returns for 18 yards (LG 10) vs Hamilton in East Semi-Final...Started at SB, the star of the game became Allen's go-to man, led all receivers with 12 passes for 101 yards and returned a kickoff 97 yards in the first quarter for a touchdown in East Championship vs the Alouettes...Grey Cup Championship caught 5 passes for 79 yards (LG 25), returned 2 punts 17 yards (LG 11) and had 2 kickoff returns for 30 yards (LG 18) in win vs BC.


Signed with the San Francisco 49ers (NFL) as an option year player on March 3 and played special teams.


Named a CFLPA All-Star at wide receiver, had best receiving game on July 17 vs Ottawa, he caught 4 passes for 110 yards and 2 TDs...Scored 4 receiving touchdowns on August 23 vs Calgary finished with 6 receptions for 79 yards.


Signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers as a free agent on May 1...Had his best game of the season vs Calgary on November 2 when he caught 6 balls for 139 yards, had his first multi-TD game on October 10 vs Edmonton when he scored 2 receiving...Played in the 2001 Grey Cup loss vs Calgary and caught 5 passes for 81 yards and 1 TD.


Played for Minnesota in 1998 and 1999...1999 played in 11 games, team finished season 8-3 and lost in the Sun Bowl to Oregon where he caught a 38-yard touchdown pass...Attended Hutchinson Community College prior to attending Minnesota where he was a 1,000 yard rusher in his freshman season and was named a First-Team All-American. In his sophomore season he ran for 997 yards and 10 TDs and was named Second Team All-American.


Cousin of NFL Pro Bowl receiver Isaac Bruce, and Lou Barnes ...Father Arland Bruce Jr. played semi-pro with the Kansas City Steers...Arland attended Olathe North High School in Olathe, Kansas. Named BlueChip Illustrated Top-100 and named state Player of the Year when he ran for 1,696 yards as a senior. He recorded more than 3,000 yards rushing and 50 TDs in his high school career. To-date, Bruce has over 10,000 receiving yards in the CFl and has played over 200 games since his debut in 2001. Bruce has been a part of 2 Grey Cup chamionship teams in the 2004 Toronto Argonauts and the 2011 BC Lions. Notables CFL All-Star: 2010, 2009, 2006 Division All-Star: 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005 Most Outstanding Player Nominee: 2009 (Hamilton), 2006 (Toronto)