Penn State faces its toughest task of the season against No. 3 Iowa on the road. Can the No. 4 ranked Nittany Lions improve to 6-0 this Saturday?
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Lots to consider this week as Penn State continues its campaign towards the Big Ten Championship and possible College Football Playoff appearance.
Plus, The Sports Extra Podcast sits down with Wilkes Barre legend, Syracuse two-sport all-American and Super Bowl Champion Qadry Ismail. The Missile talks about his roots in Northeast Pennsylvania, getting some “seasoning” playing for Syracuse and tells the story of the time he was almost electrocuted during a broadcast.
High school career
Qadry Ismail moved to the Wilkes-Barre area during middle school, and quickly became a legend in Pennsylvania athletics. He attended Meyers High School (which has since combined with other schools to form Wilkes-Barre Area) where “The Missile” played football, ran track and even had a stint as a skiier.
He was ranked the nation’s best high school hurdler by Track & Field News in 1988. He was a six-time PIAA AA State champion in the 110m hurdles, 300m hurdles and 4×100. He also medaled in 4×400 and was a two-time state team champion in track and field.
As a football player, Qadry was a two-time All-scholastic selection as a wide receiver and defensive back. He was inducted into the PIAA Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
Syracuse University Career
After high school, Qadry continued his football and track career at Syracuse University. He was the first two sports All-American at Syracuse since Jim Brown in 1957.
His college football career spanned from 1989-1992. In 44 games, he compiled 73 receptions for 1,318 yards and five touchdowns. He also rushed for 433 yards on 34 carriers and six touchdowns. He was a prolific kick returner, fielding 105 kicks for 2,290 yards and one score.
Qadry was then selected in the second round of the 1993 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings with the 52nd overall pick. He played for the Vikings, Dolphins, Saints, Ravens and Colts.
When Qadry joined the Baltimore Ravens in 1999, he led the team with 68 catches for 1,105 receiving yards and six touchdowns. He posted a career-high 258 yards against the Steelers that season.
One of those everlasting moments for Qadry came in Super Bowl XXXV when the Ravens defeated the New York Giants 34-7. The WR reeled in a 47-yard reception, which he says was the longest play from scrimmage.
Ismail retired in 2002 and now has a successful career in broadcasting football and training the next generation of athletes.
Quick Hits with the podcast
Urban Meyer: If you haven’t yet seen the video of the Jags coach at his own bar in Ohio, be ready to lose all respect for the coach (if you had any to begin with). At what point does Jacksonville pull the plug on the Meyer experiment?
Brady & Belichick: The half-second hug seen around the world will be overanalyzed for years to come after the Bucs beat the Patriots in Foxboro over the weekend. Just remember, a relationship is never as good or as bad as it seems from the outside.
GOODBYE, PRODUCER TYLER: Plus, the podcast says goodbye to Producer Tyler during Episode 25. The crew thanks Tyler for his dedication to getting The Sports Extra Podcast started and off the ground over the past few months.
Meet the voices behind the podcast: Allie Berube and Logan Reever. The Sports Extra Podcast is designed to bring listeners closer to the games, teams, and athletes they love. The podcast will dive deeper than the hosts can go on TV.
The Sports Extra Podcast releases episodes every Thursday. The goal is to talk about national sports with a local flair. Allie & Logan bring guests on each week to share their perspectives on sports.
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