Michael Bertsch | January 8, 2019
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Raghib "Rocket" Ismail, one of the most electrifying players in college football history, has been named to the National Football Foundation's College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2019.
Ismail becomes the 47th former Notre Dame player — and the third in the last five years, joining end Thom Gatewood in 2015 and linebacker Bob Crable in 2017 — to join the College Football Hall of Fame. With 47 former players and six former coaches selected, Notre Dame boasts more honorees than any other school in the country.
Ismail is part of the 2019 class that includes 13 players and two coaches. He will be inducted Dec. 10, 2019, at the 62nd NFF Annual Awards Dinner at the New York Hilton Midtown in New York City. Ismail will be recognized during an on-campus salute at a Notre Dame home football game in 2019. His accomplishments will be forever immortalized at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.
A two-time First Team All-American, Ismail earned consensus honors in 1989 (kick returner) and unanimous laurels in 1990 (wide receiver/kick returner). The 1990 Walter Camp Player of the Year, he was also named The Sporting News' College Player of the Year and finished as the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy.
The Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, native led the Irish to an undefeated national championship season in 1988 that was capped by a win in the 1989 Fiesta Bowl. Ismail also guided Notre Dame to two Orange Bowl berths, claiming MVP honors in the 1990 edition after he led both teams in rushing in a 21-6 win over Colorado. The only college football player among the finalists for the 1990 Sullivan Award as the best amateur athlete in the nation, he guided the Irish to top six finishes all three seasons of his career and an overall record of 33-4.
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