Raghib "Rocket" Ismail will serve as the guest speaker for the 2004 Notre Dame Football Banquet.

Rocket Ismail Set As Guest Speaker For 2004 Notre Dame Football Banquet

Oct. 8, 2004

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Former standout Notre Dame flanker Raghib “Rocket” Ismail will serve as the guest speaker for the 84th University of Notre Dame Football Banquet.

The banquet, sponsored by the Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley, will be held Friday, Dec. 3, 2004, in the north dome of the Joyce Center on the Notre Dame campus. A reception on the concourse begins at 5:45 p.m. EST and the dinner begins at 7:00 p.m.

The program will include a special tribute to senior members of the 2004 Irish squad – as well as a series of awards honoring members of the Notre Dame team.

Tickets go on sale Oct. 11 at $40 each and can be ordered at the Joyce Center second-floor ticket window, by phone (VISA, MasterCard or American Express) by calling 574-631-7356 (fax to 574-631-0854), or by writing to Ticket Office, 113 Joyce Center, Notre Dame, IN 46556. Order forms also can be printed from Notre Dame’s athletic web site, www.und.com. Checks should be made payable to University of Notre Dame Football Banquet. Requests must be received by Monday, Nov. 22, 2004.

In addition to the dinner, all senior members of the ’04 Irish team will be available for autographs on the concourse during the reception. There also will be a silent auction of Notre Dame football photographs and memorabilia during the reception.

Proceeds benefit the Notre Dame Club of St. Joseph Valley Scholarship Fund.

Ismail was a freshman on Notre Dame’s 1988 national championship football team – then he earned first-team All-America honors as a sophomore in ’89 and was a unanimous All-American as a junior in ’90 when he was the Heisman Trophy runnerup. Originally from Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Ismail finished his college career with 4,187 all-purpose yards. He finished with 71 career receptions for 1,565 yards and a Notre Dame record 22.0 yards-per-catch average. He twice returned two kickoffs for scores in a game (Rice ’88 and Michigan ’89).

The Walter Camp Player of the Year in 1990, Ismail signed with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League, then joined the Los Angeles Raiders beginning with the ’93 season. He played with Carolina from 1996-98, then joined the Dallas Cowboys in 1999 and played through the ’01 season. Now living in Irving, Texas, he’s a college football analyst for ESPN and also is pursuing a career in the music industry.