Rocket Ismail: He’s Lived and Learned

By John Heisler

Former University of Notre Dame football and track All-American and pro football star Raghib “Rocket” Ismail is 47 now.

He’s nearly three decades past those days when at times he struggled with the spotlight that came with making the cover of Sports Illustrated a couple of games into his sophomore season in 1989. And he has matured enough to laugh now about some of his reticence with the media back in his Notre Dame playing days when he longed to just be one of the guys.

Ismail returned to campus Friday and was part of a Q&A session that served as the keynote event for the Notre Dame Law School symposium titled “From Courts of Sport to Courts of Justice.”

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