Baseball and hockey are just two ingredients being served up in an attempt to get Raghib "Rocket" Ismail to decide to play football in Canada.
The All-American wide receiver-kick returner from Notre Dame, projected as the first overall pick in the April 21 NFL draft, is being courted by Bruce McNall, owner of the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League."If this was a publicity stunt, I wouldn't be here," Ismail said Wednesday.
Ismail, along with agent Jon Edwards, was picked up by McNall's jet in South Bend, Ind., on Wednesday and whisked to the SkyDome Toronto, where they met with Sue Waks, vice chairman of McNall Sports and Entertainment, and Roy Mlakar, executive vice president of McNall's Los Angeles Kings.
Then, they met with the local media prior to watching the Toronto Blue Jays defeat the Boston Red Sox 5-3.
After that, it was off to check out the nightlife of Toronto along with Argo quarterback Matt Dunigan, wide receiver Darrell Smith and kick returner Mike (Pinball) Clemons.
Today, following meetings in the morning, Ismail will head to Los Angeles for meetings with McNall and a chance to hobnob with one of the other Argo owners - hockey star Wayne Gretzky - before Friday's Los Angeles Kings Vancouver Canucks NHL playoff game.
The whirlwind tour aboard the private jet and the luxury suites should be enough to quell any suggestions that McNall is not serious about signing Ismail.