It was tough, but not that tough. And I will be in Canton for the enshrinement ceremonies in August _ or at least that's the plan. I've got a few Isaac memories, as you might imagine. I can remember him storming off the upper-field at Mathews-Dickey _ where the team practiced in 1995 _ when he was told after practice that he had not made the Pro Bowl. (He had 119 catches for 1,781 yards that year _ and did NOT make the Pro Bowl.) He took a minute, calmed down, and then talked to the media about it.
I remember as the playoffs started in '99, streams of national media coming in to Rams Park to ask about the team. Isaac told a couple of them (and I paraphrase):: "Where have you been all year? I'm talking to my local people." (The "local people" loved it.)
I'll never forget him slamming his helmet to the turf of the TWA Dome after Trent Green went down with a season-ending knee injury in that preseason game against San Diego.
Later in his career, I remember Isaac teasing me at a field dedication at the old Northwest High School in north city that I wasn't used to being in neighborhoods like this. He was a little surprised when I told him I once scored 2 touchdowns in a high school game on that field.