November 2, 1993 |
Starting play Sunday, Rocket Ismail was listed third on the depth chart as a kickoff returner behind Greg Robinson and Alexander Wright. At Notre Dame, Ismail returned five kickoffs for touchdowns, one short of the NCAA record held by USC's Anthony Davis. Playing in the Grey Cup championship game in his first season with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League, Ismail returned a kickoff 87 yards against the Calgary Stampeders to clinch a victory.
October 5, 1993 |
Raghib Ismail shot off the bench Sunday as if he were, well, a rocket. It had been two years since he left Notre Dame, seven months since he left the Canadian Football League and five weeks since he had signed with the Raiders. Finally, in the second quarter of the Raiders' fourth game, Ismail got the call he'd begun to wonder if he would ever get. Assistant coach Terry Robiskie yelled out Ismail's name.
September 14, 1993 |
Whenever it seems that receiver/return man Rocket Ismail is about to launch his NFL career, the countdown is put on hold. His first flight has been scrubbed more times than the floor of an operating room. When Ismail was streaking down the field for Notre Dame as one of college's football's premier players, there was speculation that he would hit the NFL with a bang worthy of his nickname as the No. 1 pick in the draft.
September 12, 1993 |
It took five months of negotiations to get Rocket Ismail into a Raider uniform. It took only five exhibition games to get Gaston Green out of his Raider uniform. The club activated Ismail, the receiver-return man from Notre Dame by way of the Canadian Football League, Saturday and terminated Green, the veteran running back, making him a free agent.
September 5, 1993 |
Rocket Ismail will not be activated by the Raiders for today's game against the Minnesota Vikings. The Raiders have been granted a two-game roster exemption on Ismail, who reported to the club only last Wednesday after five months of negotiations. The Raiders believed that three days of practice was not enough time to prepare the receiver-kick returner.
September 1, 1993 |
Raider Coach Art Shell stood before a bank of microphones, surveyed the media crowd around him, looked anxiously at the entrance to the interview room and said, with a smile, "We're still waiting." Not any longer.