Former NFL wide receiver Qadry Ismail, who played three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens and was a member of their Super Bowl XXXV championship team, has been hired as the new men’s track coach at Patterson Mill High School in Bel Air.
Ismail, 39, retired from the NFL following the 2002 season, which he played with the Indianapolis Colts. Ismail has lived in Harford County for several years.
Ismail has been working with the team since their season began March 1, according to Jason Bellamy, Patterson Mill’s athletic director. Bellamy said Ismail has been fully involved with the team and their practices so far.
“That’s what’s been great about him,” said Bellamy, who is in his first year as Patterson Mill’s AD. “He’s out there every day, he’s all about working with the kids.
Bellamy said the school approached Ismail to serve as coach.
“I don’t remember how exactly it came about, but we were talking about it, and he was approached,” Bellamy said. “Certainly he has a lot to offer.”
Known as “the Missile,” Ismail played for six teams in his 10-year career: the Minnesota Vikings, Green Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, the Ravens, and the Colts. He retired with 353 receptions for 5,137 yards and 33 touchdowns, 18 of which came with the Ravens.
Ismail also works as an NFL analyst for WBAL and ESPNEWS.