Qadry “The Missile” Ismail was teammates with Cris Carter for a couple of years on the Vikings. What kind of impression did the soon-to-be-inducted Hall of Famer Carter make on Ismail during their time together? Not a very positive one apparently.
Yes Carter was a great player, Ismail concedes. But when it came to the other stuff? Here’s what Ismail told Sirius XM Mad Dog Radio:
To be perfectly honest with you, Cris was a bona fide diva. That dude would make, as far as his play, some outstanding one-handed grabs in practice to the point where when we got to the game we were just like, people would be like, ‘Oh, no!’ And we were like, ‘Yeah, and? Well, that’s just kind of Cris Carter.’ However, to me, when I say the greatest guy that I played with was Shannon Sharpe, because he raised the game up for me as a player.
I know there would be times when we’d get in the huddle and he’d look over at me and go, ‘Q, we need to make a play.’ Or whatever it might have been in that moment. And I swear to you it would be like, ‘Oh my god, I’m going to make a play because Shannon just called me out.’ And sure enough, boom, it would be there. Shannon was that kind of a guy that you just knew that he was in your corner. You couldn’t say the same thing for Cris Carter. You couldn’t say the same thing as far as his attitude towards his teammates. You couldn’t say the same thing as far as his attitude as far as the coaching staff. You knew that he had a selfishness to him that was an extreme selfishness.
So there you have it folks. Straight from the flapping tongue and jawbones of Raghib Ismail’s brother. Cris Carter was a diva and a crappy teammate. And Shannon Sharpe was a hell of a guy who lifted up the other guys on the team.
Okay. Great. But Cris Carter is still going into the Hall of Fame. And Qadry Ismail? He’s that guy whose name makes you stop and think, “Wait, which one was he? He was The Missile right? Or was he The Rocket? No Raghib was The Rocket. Qadry was The Missle.”
Yeah, he was The Missile. Because he could fly. No disputing that. The catching part was where he tended to struggle. But at least we know his mouth works well enough.
Congratulations Qadry, you’ve demonstrated your ability to diss a guy who was way better than you as a player. You were Troy Williamson with a cool nickname. Now crawl back under your rock.