"Bullet" Bob Hayes, Drew Pearson, Tony Hill, Michael Irvin, and Raghib "Rocket" Ismail? Wait a second, how did he get into that group?
No, Rocket wasn't one of the greatest receivers we have ever had. Yes, he could run like the wind. And it showed on September 12, 1999. That was the day he provided the final points in the Cowboys' improbable come from behind victory over the hated Redskins.
You remember it. Down by 21 with only minutes remaining. Cowboys tied it up. Redskins botched a fieldgoal at the buzzer. Overtime. Hello Rocket.
But before we talk about the end, let me reminisce about one more thing. The Cowboys were getting killed in the first three quarters. After putting up 14 points, they gave up 32 straight. They were down both mentally and on the score board. Then first year head coach Chan Gailey, who doubled as offensive coordinator, did something magical. He gave the ball to Emmitt. I mean like 92 times straight. OK, thats an exaggeration, but I remember the Cowboys coming out and Emmitt just being Emmitt and carrying the team toward the goal line.
I mean, we all know that when a guy has carried two or three times in a row that the next play will either be a pass or a run by someone else. But the heart of Emmitt was on display for the world to see as he simply carried the ball over and over again, establishing the run, leading to a touchdown and making the Redskins know that though they might be up by three TDs, Dallas wasn't going to abandon the running game. It made it all possible.
So back we are to OT. Dallas has 3rd and 2 on its own 24. Aikman drops back to pass. There is blur setting the grass on fire going right down the middle of the field. Aikman heaves the ball and oh, yes! Rocket pulls it in for a 76 yard TD pass and a wild and crazy 41-35 victory.
Yet again, we learned to never count out the Cowboys. You can read about it here.