Former Raven and Super Bowl champ Qadry Ismail supports Purple campaign
WORTON — Qadry “The Missile” Ismail, a Super Bowl champion with the Baltimore Ravens, will speak about the dangers of illicit drugs Friday night at the conclusion of the Kent versus Queen Anne’s football game as Kent Goes Purple wraps up its monthlong campaign.
Kent Goes Purple is being led by the Kent County Sheriff’s Office and Chestertown Rotary Club to engage the community and youth to stand up against substance abuse.
Ismail’s appearance Friday night will add to the excitement that typically surrounds this game between border rivals. Kent County is 2-2 after last week’s 56-0 rout of Snow Hill, while Queen Anne’s dropped to 1-3 with a 41-6 loss to North Caroline.
Additional temporary seating will be provided to accommodate what is expected to be a capacity crowd.
Anyone who wears purple will be admitted free of charge. Purple T-shirts can be purchased for $5, which is the cost of regular admission.
The aim is to have a “sea of purple representing a united community determined to stand up against substance abuse,” accord- ing to organizers.
Ismail is expected to interact with fans during the game and to sign autographs.
The game begins with kick off at 6:30 p.m.
Kent County High School’s marching band, under the direction of Keith Wharton, will perform at halftime.
At the conclusion of the game, Ismail, a wide receiver on the Ravens’ 2000 championship team, will talk about the perils of substance abuse.
Also during Friday night’s game, the county’s mobile trailer of a mock bedroom that contains “hidden” items of drug paraphernalia and other warning signs that indicate drug use will be on-site.
Everyone who attends the
game will receive a free raffle ticket for a chance to win Ravens memorabilia, with the drawing to be held following Ismail’s presentation. You must be in attendance in order to win.
There will be other surprises and giveaways.
Friends and family of the Lions football players and Queen Anne’s County residents also have been invited to participate in Kent Goes Purple. This is an acknowledgment that the opioid crisis is a burden shared by our neighbors.
“Qadry serves as an example of how much one can achieve with a strong drugfree work ethic and determination to excel, and we hope that those in attendance will take some inspiration from his presentation,” said Kirk Helfenbein of the Chester- town Rotary Club.
A highly decorated hurdler and football player in high school in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Ismail also starred in track and football at Syracuse University. He still holds Syracuse records in the 55-meter hurdles and 4x400 relay. In football, he was an All-American kick returner and an All-Big East performer as a wide receiver.
The Minnesota Vikings chose Ismail in the second round of the 1993 draft.
He played for five NFL teams, but had the most success with the Ravens, including a Super Bowl win in the 2000 season. He gained more than 1,000 yards re- ceiving in two of his three seasons (1999-2001) in Baltimore
He spent 10 years in the NFL, finishing with 33 touchdowns and more than 5,000 yards receiving.
After retiring from the NFL at the conclusion of the 2002 season, Ismail began a career in broadcasting.
As part of the Kent Goes Purple campaign, on Friday night at the conclusion of the Kent-Queen Anne’s football game, former NFL player Qadry Ismail will talk about the perils of drug use. He won a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens.