Monday, April 11, 2011

Bill Ferrario

Bill was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania and graduated from West Scranton High School.  After graduating high school, Bill continued his football career at the University of Wisconsin where he was part of the offensive line for Heisman Trophy winner Ron Dayne and Michael Bennett.  Bill started all 50 games in his career at Wisconsin (only 3rd player to accomplish this).  He helped the Badgers capture back to back Rose Bowl Championships. 

After his career was finished at Wisconsin, he was a 4th round selection in the 2001 NFL of the Green Bay Packers.   Waived by the Packers in 2003, he spent time with the Redskins and Panthers and was finally released by the Panthers in 2005.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Qadry “The Missle” Ismail

Qadry was born in Newark, New Jersey but grew up in Wilkes-Barre PA and attended E. L. Meyers High School.    After his career at E. L. Meyers High School ended Qadry took his skills to the University of Syracuse.  Some accomplishments at Syracuse include 1991 All American, All Big East First team and conference second team kick returner.

Qadry was a second pick of the Minnesota Vikings but also played for the Green Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, Baltimore Ravens and the Indianapolis Colts.   Qadry was part of the Baltimore Ravens during their Super Bowl (XXXV) run when they defeated the NY Giants 34-7.

He finished his career with 353 receptions, 5137 yards and 33 touchdowns.

Currently Qadry works as an NFL analyst for ESPN and resides in Bel Air, Maryland with his wife and family. 
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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Raghib “The Rocket” Ismail

Raghib was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey but grew up in Wilkes-Barre PA and attended E.L Meyers High School.   After playing football at Meyers High School, Raghib took his football skills to the University of Notre Dame. During the 1989 regular season game against Michigan, Ismail returned two kickoffs for TDs a feat never accomplished by a Michigan opponent.   After the 1990 season  Rocket finished second for the Heisman losing to BYU QB Ty Detmer, but was projected to the top selection of 1991 NFL Draft before deciding at the last minute to sign with the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts. 

After two successful years in the CFL, Rocket joined the Raiders in 1993 and was traded after the 1995 season to the Carolina Panthers.  Ismail had a career year (at the time) in 1998 with the Panthers with 69 receptions and 1,024 yards.  In 1999 Ismail signed with the Dallas Cowboys and had a career year with 1,097 yards and six touchdowns.  In 2000 due to injury Ismail was limited to eight games and the 2001 season marked his last season in the league.

Ismail’s younger brother, Qadry, also had a career in the NFL.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Bill Lazor

Bill grew up in Scranton, Pennsylvania and graduated from Scranton Central High School.   After graduating from high school, Bill continued his football career at Cornell, setting several passing records.  Cornell is also where he started his coaching career, serving in such roles as passing game coordinator, recruiting coordinator, and quarterbacks coach.   He continued his collegiate coaching career at the University of Buffalo, serving as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

In 2003 he was hired by Dan Reeves with the Atlanta Falcons offensive quality control coach, which then led to stops with the Washington Redskins as QB coach  under Joe Gibbs and with the Seattle Seahawks under Jim Mora Jr. and Mike Holmgren.   

Bill was the offensive coordinator and QB Coach for the University of Virginia and recently got hired by the Philadelphia Eagles QB Coach.

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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Jimmy Cefalo

Jimmy was born in Pittston, Pennsylvania and attended Pittston Area High School prior to a standout career at Penn State University in the mid 70’s.     He led the Nittany Lions in all-purpose yards his senior season and was MVP of the Gator Bowl.  Jimmy was a 3rd round pick of the Dolphins in the 1978 NFL Draft.   With the Dolphins, Cefalo played in two Super Bowls (XVII and XIX) and caught a 76 yard touchdown in the Super Bowl loss to the Washington Redskins.   He also caught in 1984 the Dan Marino pass that broke the record for the most touchdown passes in a season.

After his football career concluded Cefalo has worked as commentator for the NFL on NBC, MLB games, as well as, the 1988 Summer Olympics in South Korea.   He now hosts a morning news program on WIOD radio in Miami .

Sunday, April 3, 2011

John McNulty

John attended Abington Heights High School (Clarks Summit, PA), McNulty received his bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Penn State in 1990.

McNulty was a safety at Penn State (1988-90) and was a member of two Nittany Lion bowl teams. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant helping out with the wide receivers at the University of Michigan in 1991. Michigan won two Big Ten titles and appeared in four bowl games including two Rose Bowl appearances during his time in Ann Arbor. In 1994, McNulty worked with standout wide receivers and future NFL players Amani Toomer and Mercury Hayes.

John currently works with the Arizona Cardinals as wide receivers coach after being hired on 2/18/09. McNulty came to Arizona after working five seasons at Rutgers, coaching the last three seasons as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks after originally joining the staff as the wide receivers coach in 2004. McNulty has previously worked in the NFL with the Jacksonville Jaguars (1998-2002) and Dallas Cowboys (2003).

Just recently John rejoined Greg Schiano as an assistant with Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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