Ishmael in 2013
|No. 36 Atlanta Falcons|
|Date of birth:||May 6, 1991|
|Place of birth:||Miami, Florida|
|Height:||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight:||206 lb (93 kg)|
|High school:||North Miami Beach (FL)|
|NFL Draft:||2013 / Round: 7 / Pick: 243|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 6, 2016|
Kemal Ishmael (born May 6, 1991) is an American football safety for the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Falcons in the seventh round (243th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played college football at Central Florida.
His rookie year, he got very little playing time. Head coach Mike Smith was worried he lacked the size and speed needed to start professionally and Ishmael was set to play behind veteran Thomas DeCoud and fellow rookie Zeke Motta. When both Motta and DeCoud were injured, Ishmael was active but only played three defensive snaps in all of 2013.
On September 18, Ishmael got his first career interception off Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown and returned it 23 yards for a touchdown on Thursday Night Football. From week 9 to 11, Ishmael had an interception in all three games.
Ishmael played in all 16 games with five starts totalling 52 tackles with one interception against Blake Bortles and three passes defensed.
- "Falcons select Central Florida's Kemal Ishmael, becomes 3rd defensive back drafted by Atlanta". washingtonpost.com. August 21, 2012. Retrieved April 27, 2013.