"I’ve known Jim for quite a many years. He’s definitely a well-thoughtful gentleman and (understands) not only the game, (but also) the issues of life and how it all kind of weaves itself together and he’s very driven to be successful."
— Former NFL Wide Receiver Qadry Ismail on Jim Caldwell, via the Davis Sports Deli Podcast
. Caldwell tried to recruit Ismail to Penn State while he was a member of Paterno's staff, and played for the Colts in Caldwell's first season in Indy.