Wyoming signs the son of Notre Dame great, NFL star Rocket Ismail

The Rocket's son has landed in Wyoming.

The Cowboys announced Sunday that they have signed Raghib Ismail Jr., the son of former Notre Dame standout Raghib "The Rocket" Ismail. Raghib Jr. not only shares his father's name but his nickname as well.

"Rocket is a young man who brings great speed and athleticism to the wide receiver position," Wyoming coach Craig Bohl said in a statement. "He does a lot after the catch with the ball in his hands. He catches the ball extremely well, catches it away from his body, and will bring great value to the wide receiver room."

Ismail Jr. originally committed to TCU out of high school but transferred to Cisco Junior College, where he caught 48 passes for 434 yards and four touchdowns. He'll finish his career with the Cowboys.

His father was one of the most exciting players in Notre Dame history. In 1988, the original Rocket worked primarily on special teams, returning two kicks for touchdowns. That would become a common theme over the final two years of his career in South Bend, Indiana, as he returned three kicks and a punt for a score, while compiling another 2,580 yards from scrimmage as a running back and receiver. He finished second to BYU's Ty Detmer for the 1990 Heisman Trophy.

Rocket began his professional career in the CFL -- choosing to sign a four-year deal (the richest in CFL or NFL history at the time) with the Toronto Argonauts instead of becoming the expected No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft -- but eventually played nine years in the NFL with the Raiders, Panthers and Cowboys.

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