Rocket Ismail Gets Call From College Hall Of Fame
The Hall is calling Meyers graduate Raghib “Rocket” Ismail. On Monday morning the former Notre Dame star was one of 13 players and two coaches included in the College Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2019. Ismail, who dominated the WVC in the mid-1980s alongside his brother, Qadry, went on to have a decorated career for the Fighting Irish. Rocket was a receiver and extremely dangerous kick returner. He was a two-time first-team All-American, earning consensus honors in 1989 and unanimous honors in 1990. He was the Walter Camp Player of the Year and finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting to BYU’s Ty Detmer in 1990. He was 10th in Heisman voting in 1989. In 1990, he finished with 537 yards rushing and three touchdowns. He caught 32 passes for 699 yards and two touchdowns. He averaged 24 yards per kick return. Ismail is tied for 8th all-time in NCAA history with five kickoff returns for touchdowns. He finished his career with 4,187 all-purpose yards and 15 touchdowns. He helped the Fighting Irish win the national championship in 1988. Sports Illustrated named Ismail to its 85-man roster on its all-20th Century college football team and in 2004, College Football News selected Ismail the No. 75 player on its list of the top 100 greatest players of all time. Following college, he played two seasons with the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL before joining the Los Angeles Raiders in 1993. In 1997, Ismail played for the Carolina Panthers alongside former WVC greats Bucky Greeley and Greg Skrepenak. He retired before the 2003 season. Other inductees include, Texas quarterback Vince Young, Arkansas running back Darren McFadden, Oklahoma defensive back Rickey Dixon, John Carroll linebacker London Fletcher, Texas A&M defensive lineman Jacob Green, North Carolina State receiver Torry Holt, Arizona State quarterback Jake Plummer, USC defensive back Troy Polamalu, Wisconsin offensive tackle Joe Thomas, Michigan State running back Lorenzo White and Mississippi linebacker Patrick Willis Current hall of famers and members of the National Football Foundation voted. The 2019 class will be inducted during the 62nd NFF Annual Awards dinner in December in New York. THE ROCKET ISMAIL FILE Born: Nov. 18, 1969 in Elizabeth, New Jersey Family: Son of the late Ibrahim and Fatma Ismail. Brothers Qadry and Sulaiman Ismail. High school highlights Played for the legendary Mickey Gorham and Meyers High School and rushed for 4,433 yards Notre Dame highlights Two-time first-team All-American. … Consensus A-A in 1989 and unanimous choice in 1990 … Walter Camp Player of the Year and Heisman Trophy runner-up in 1990. …Against Michigan in 1989, he returned two kickoffs for touchdowns. … Helped ND win national championship at Fiesta Bowl … Was MVP of the 1990 Orange Bowl after rushing 16 times for 108 yards and a TD in ND’s 21-6 over Colorado. .. He appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1989 and 1991. … In three seasons at ND, had 131 carries for 1,015 yards and five touchdowns and caught 71 passes for 1,565 yards and four touchdowns. … Averaged 27.6 yards on 46 career kick returns and scored five touchdowns. … Averaged 13.4 yards per punt return and scored a TD. Pro highlights The projected first pick in the 1991 NFL, Ismail opted to sign a record four-year $18.2 million contract with Toronto of the CFL … The LA Raiders chose Ismail in the fourth round to secure his rights. …Was CFL all-star in 1991. … He was MVP of the 79th Grey Cup after returning a kick 87 yards for a TD in the Argonauts’ 36-21 win over Calgary. … In 1993, as an NFL rookie, Ismail had 353 receiving yards. … In 1994, he 513 yards and five touchdowns. … He was traded to Carolina in 1996. … In 1998, had 69 catches for 1,024 yards and eight touchdowns. … Signed with the Dallas Cowboys as a free agent in 1999 and finished with 1,097 yards and six touchdowns. … Finished his NFL career with 363 catches for 5,295 yards and 30 touchdowns.