Who Threw The Beer At Rocket Ismail?

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One of the biggest questions from my childhood is, "Who threw the beer at Rocket Ismail?"

To the best of my knowledge, this question has never been answered.

I remember it like it was yesterday: The 79th Grey Cup, November 24, 1991, Winnipeg Stadium, Calgary Stampeders vs. Toronto Argonauts. The Stampeders were led by the duo of quarterback Danny Barrett and slotback Allen Pitts, while the Argonauts' roster featured quarterback Matt Dunigan and an electrifying rookie named Raghib "Rocket" Ismail.

Coming out of Notre Dame, Rocket Ismail was the projected #1 pick of the 1991 NFL Draft. Before the draft took place, Rocket signed a four-year contract with the Canadian Football League's Toronto Argonauts , which was owned at the time by Bruce McNall, Wayne Gretzky, and actor-comedian John Candy.

Rocket had a great rookie season finishing second in Most Outstanding Rookie honors behind B.C. Lions running back, Jon Volpe. Ismail capped off the 1991 CFL season with the award for the Most Valuable Player of the Grey Cup.

Shorty after the 1991 CFL season, trading card company "All-World" released a 110 card Canadian Football League base set, along an 8-card Rocket Ismail subset. Rocket Ismail was now a household name north of the border.

In 1991, the Toronto Argonauts defeated the Calgary Stampeders 36-21 to capture the Grey Cup. During the game, Rocket Ismail brought back an 87-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. As Rocket approaches the end zone you can see a can land near him. To this day when I think of Rocket Ismail, I still ask the question: "who threw the beer?"


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