Rocket Ismail, the most electrifying player ever to play for the Fighting Irish, spurred the NFL for big money from the CFL (how crazy does that sound all these years later?), but at age 37, he is hoping for another shot in the NFL according to the Fort Worth Star Telegram.
Raghib “Rocket” Ismail, the former Cowboys receiver and Notre Dame superstar, is hoping for another chance in the NFL.
Ismail, who is 37 and lives in Dallas, works out daily and said he ran a 40-yard dash in 4.3 seconds during a workout last season for the Washington Redskins. He wants a shot at winning a Super Bowl which eluded him during his nine-year NFL career with three teams.
If Rocket can still run a 4.3 at age 37, there could still be a place for him in the NFL if for nothing else, as a punt and kick returner.
Right now, if I walk in most of the teams are talking third receiver and special teams stuff. It’s a gift that I have. I just keep it sharp and hold it. My thing is speed and my hands are still there.
What I find interesting in this article, however, are Rocket’s claims that he dumbed down his game in order to fit in better…
One of the things I encountered when I would go to teams, there would be certain people you could sense the envy and the feeling of being threatened. One of the things I did was I tried to play below what the normal level I was accustomed to playing. I would do that to lessen the hate. After you do that for a certain amount of time, you realize that’s not right and you try to re-establish yourself.
I’m not quite sure I buy into this because I am sure all the teams Rocket played for would have loved for him to be the kind of game-breaker at the NFL level that he was on the college level. I’ve never heard a player say they dumbed down their game before either which makes these type of comments a little suspect.
Still, if Rocket can still play I wouldn’t mind watching him play as long as he wasn’t on the Cowboys, a team I despise, again. Hey Rocket, my beloved Eagles haven’t returned a kick or punt for a touchdown in a couple years, how about wearing some midnight green if you come back?