After three weeks of selections and matchups you have decided that Raghib Ismail, "The Rocket" was the best Notre Dame football player over the past 25 years. Unlike Duke, he didn't struggle to the championship, instead defeating Chris Zorich by a final voting percentage of 66-34.
There are numerous Rocket memories while at Notre Dame but his most remembered day in the blue and gold came in the 1989 contest at Michigan.
Two-time first-team All-American as sophomore in '89 and junior in '90 and a unanimous pick in '90 when he finished second in Heisman Trophy voting behind BYU's Ty Detmer . . . became starter on 1988 national championship squad with 12 catches for 331 yards and two touchdowns, while returning 12 kickoffs for 433 yards and two TDs . . . had 64 rushing carries for 478 yards and two TDs in '89 and caught 27 passes for 535 yards . . . returned 20 kickoffs for 502 yards and two TDs with seven punt returns for 113 yards and one TD in '89 . . . Walter Camp Player of the Year in '90 . . . had 67 rushing carries for 537 yards and three TDs in '90, 32 pass receptions for 699 yards and two TDs, 14 kickoff returns for 336 yards and one TD while returning 13 punts for 151 yards . . . career totals included 273 all-purpose attempts for 4,187 yards and 15 TDs-- a 15.3 yards-per-attempt average . . . holds records for pass reception yards per catch in a career with 22.0 (71 for 1565); kickoff returns for touchdowns in a game with two (vs. Michigan in 1989 and again vs. Rice in 1988) and in a career with five; kick return yards per attempt in a career with 22.6 (17 for 1607) . . . originally played with Toronto Argonauts of Canadian Football League . . . a fourth-round draft pick of Los Angeles Raiders in 1991 NFL draft . . . joined Raiders beginning in 1993 season, played for the Carolina Panthers from 1996-98 and became a member of the Dallas Cowboys in 1999... lisited 75th greatest football player of all-time by collegefootball.com.
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