Wyoming Signs Raghib Ismail Jr., Son Of Notre Dame Legend

    Raghib “The Rocket” Ismail is one of the reasons that Im a Notre Dame fan to this day. 

    Rocket Ismail’s first two career touchdown kick returns

    Freshman Raghib Ismail clocked in at 4.24 speed in the 40 yard dash. Here, he demonstrates why he’s called the Rocket with these two kick returns for touchdowns which provide a glimpse of greater things to come.

    His explosiveness and speed were legendary. Any time he touched the ball, you thought he was taking it to the house. He’s easily one of the the Top 10 college football players I’ve ever seen. His brother Quadry wasnt anything to play with either. posting 353 receptions and over 5,000 receiving during his 10-year NFL career.  

    The bloodlines and exquisite offensive pedigree remains football superior and ready as the Wyoming Cowboys announced Sunday that they have signed Raghib Ismail Jr., The Rocket’s son, who not only shares his father’s name but his nickname as well.

    “Rocket is a young man who brings great speed and athleticism to the wide receiver position,” Wyoming coach Craig Bohl said in a statement. “He does a lot after the catch with the ball in his hands. He catches the ball extremely well, catches it away from his body, and will bring great value to the wide receiver room.”

    Little Rockets pops could do it all and he ran a 4.3 40-yard dash, so he wasnt getting caught from behind once he achieved separation. Over the final two years of his career in South Bend, he returned three kicks and a punt for a score, while compiling another 2,580 yards from scrimmage as a running back and receiver. 

    He finished second to BYU’s Ty Detmer for the 1990 Heisman Trophy before beginning his pro career in the CFL, choosing to sign the most lucrative contract in CFL history with the Toronto Argonauts rather than enter the NFL draft and be a No. 1 pick. He eventually played nine years in the NFL with the Raiders, Panthers and Cowboys. 

    In 1999, The Rocket had his best pro season with Dallas, grabbing 80 passes for 1,097 yards and six TDs. 

    JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.