MATT BUTTON | AEGIS STAFF, Homestead Publishing
Harford's Greatest Athletes is a continuing feature of www.exploreharford.com brought to you by The Aegis and The Record, the only sources for Harford County news and sports for 156 years. Greatest Athletes are men and women who have excelled in a sport or sport(s) for a sustained career beyond high school and who have been born in Harford County or lived or played in the county. Also considered are athletes who have spent a significant part of their lives in Harford, even if their greatest successes may have occurred somewhere else. We welcome nominations based on these criteria at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Pictured is Harford County native Cal Ripken Jr. giving his acceptance speech at his 2007 induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
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Karl Merton Ferron, Baltimore Sun
Bel Air resident Qadry Ismail was a standout wide receiver for the Baltimore Ravens from 1999-2001, leading the team in receiving several of those years and scoring on a 47-yard TD reception in Super Bowl XXXV, as the Ravens defeated the New York Giants, 34-7. A native of Pennsylvania, Ismail was an All-America kick returner and a trackman at Syracuse University. Following a 10-year NFL career with more than 350 receptions, 33 touchdowns and over 5,000 receiving yards, Ismail began a second career as a football radio and television commentator in Baltimore and is currently one of the color analysts on Ravens radio game broadcasts. Ismail also has assisted with the track program at Patterson Mill High School, where his daughter Qalea is an all-county basketball player.
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Harford County has produced some great athletes. Here are a few who were left off The Sun's list of Maryland's top 175 athletes but who merited inclusion, along with those who made it.
Read about some of these athletes here.