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Raghib ‘The Rocket’ Ismail: Former College Football Star, Now Bull Riding Announcer

You know, just the other day I was thinking, “Say, I wonder whatever happened to Raghib Ismail,” and wouldn’t you know it, this bit of news comes my way.

After a stellar college football career at Notre Dame (he was named the 75th best college football player ever by College Football News, by the way), “The Rocket” had a middling career in professional football, never quite living up to his potential during stints with the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts before spending nine seasons in the NFL, splitting time between the Raiders, Panthers and Cowboys. After getting released by the ‘Boys after the 2001 season, Ismail essentially faded into obscurity.

Not anymore, Ismail is living the dream, baby, landing a gig as a bull riding correspondent for Versus. Giggity.

[Ismail] will serve as a correspondent for some of the Professional Bull Riders telecasts on cable channel Versus. He became interested in the sport when he took part in “Ty Murray’s Celebrity Bull Riding Challenge” on CMT.

Ismail will interview riders about their lives outside of competition, making his debut during Saturday’s broadcast from Fresno, Calif.

Awesome. Who says there isn’t such a thing as a great life after football? Well, I suppose Mike Utley, maybe. Nah, just kidding. To that guy, every day is a gift. God bless him.