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WHAT WE SAID THEN: Emmitt, a junior at Escambia High, rushed for 262 yards and three TDs in a 55--28 win over Auburndale in the Class AAAA semifinals. He had run for 6,993 yards, making him the leading rusher in Florida high school history.
WHERE HE WENT: Before Dancing with the Stars he played in the NFL, winning three Super Bowls with the Cowboys and becoming the league's alltime rushing leader with 18,355 yards.
"Looking back," says Raghib Ismail, "FACES IN THE CROWD was an indicator that everything that [we] encountered, regardless of how it had traumatic effects on [our lives]—emotionally, physically, spiritually—in the end it all worked for the better, and it was a good thing."
The trauma of Ismail's life was his father's death from kidney failure when Raghib was 10, which brought financial hardship. Ismail escaped his troubles through sports, earning a scholarship to Notre Dame, where he won a national championship in 1988. He played nine seasons in the NFL, gaining 8,072 combined yards. These days Ismail spends time with his four children (Raghib, 10; Imani, 9; Kianna, 7; and Judah, 4), runs a music production company with his wife, Melani, and invests in commercial real estate. It's a comfortable life that he can trace back to a small picture in a magazine. "When FACES happened," he says, "it was, like, Wow, we made it."
ORIGINAL ENTRY: July 25, 1988
APPEARED: NOV. 8, 1976
WHAT WE SAID THEN: John, 17, won the National Boys' 18 Clay Court tennis championships in Louisville and was runner-up in the International Young Masters Tournament. He made the semifinals of the Pepsi-Cola Junior International.