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Raghib “Rocket” Ismail has received permission from Toronto

March 16, 1993

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Raghib ″Rocket″ Ismail has received permission from Toronto Argonauts owner Bruce McNall to talk with the Los Angeles Raiders about playing in the NFL.

″We are going to see what interest they (the Raiders) may have,″ said Bob Woolf, who represents the former Notre Dame star.

Ismail, who has played two seasons in the Canadian Football League and has two more years remaining on his $18 million contract with the Argonauts, was selected by the Raiders in the fourth round of the 1991 NFL draft. At that time, he already had announced his plans to play in Toronto.

Woolf said he met with recently with McNall, who is the majority owner of the Argonauts and also owns the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, and McNall told him to explore the possibilities for Ismail in the NFL.

″Right now, he is committed to Toronto,″ Woolf said Tuesday by telephone from his Miami office. ″We are going to explore the possibilities in the NFL then report back to Mr. McNall.″

Asked Ismail’s feelings about the situation, Woolf said: ″He would like to return to Toronto, but in everyone’s heart, they would like to see what they can do in the NFL. When Raghib came out, he would have been the No. 1 pick in the draft. ...

″It’s going to be quite exciting to see what’s going to happen here.″

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