Report: Packers defensive tackle B.J. Raji to retire from football

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Packers defensive tackle B.J. Raji apparently won’t be visiting the Panthers. Or the Packers. Or anyone else.

According to Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette, the veteran defensive tackle is retiring from football.

The reports that the Panthers might be interested in taking a look were the only ones associated with Raji, who will turn 30 this offseason.

But the Packers have apparently been made aware of his plans. They started covering themselves by hanging onto free agent Letroy Guion this offseason, but Raji is still a player whose absence will need to be addressed.

And it’s hard to imagine that the 2009 first-rounder couldn’t have found work if he wanted it, making him the latest player to quit football before football quit him.

55 responses to “Report: Packers defensive tackle B.J. Raji to retire from football

  1. Good luck to you BJ and your new venture of opening up your own yoga studio. Thanks for the memories, especially dropping back into coverage in the NFC Championship, picking off Jay Cutler, and running it back for a score.

  2. So either I play for the Packers or I take a hike from football….so long football, it just wasn’t worth it.

  3. We’ll always have the 2010 NFC title game against the Bears to remember him by. At least he is retiring with a Super Bowl ring.

  4. The Packers were a multi championship dynasty until the State Farm commercials destroyed the team before it could happen

  5. the guy severely regressed in his career.

    I’ll always be forever grateful for his pick6 against the bears in the NFC championship game

  6. The interception for a TD in the NFC Championship at Soldier Field against the Bears was one of the greatest plays in recent Packer history. Thanks for everything BJ!

  7. Good luck to you BJ and your new venture of opening up your own yoga studio. Thanks for the memories, especially dropping back into coverage in the NFC Championship, picking off Jay Cutler, and running it back for a score.

    That was Caleb Hanie. Nice memory.
    But his hit on Cutler in the end zone ended his game that day

  8. I live in Green Bay and have actually met several Packer players over the years. Raji is one I have not only met, but had a lengthy conversation with. He was in a Shopko in Green Bay buying a printer when I walked around the corner. I stopped, and he came over and shook my hand. Told him I was a huge Vikings fan, and he said that was cool, that if everyone was a GB fan around these parts, that it would be boring.

    I am surprised that he is retiring, but I’m sure it’s so he can do other things and move away from here. Wisconsin is extremely boring, especially in the winter. I have also met Starks, Sherrod, Bulaga, and and Heyward when they came into the dealership that I worked at. Nice guys. Good luck Raji with whatever you do.

  9. Raji gets it. Once you’ve been lucky enough to play with the legendary Green Bay Packers, there’s nowhere to go but down.

    Just ask Greg Jennings.

  10. Surprising, but not a season-wrecker by any means. He’s had maybe a half-dozen good games since SB 45…

    Goodbye, BJ. (Hello, Kenny Clark?)

  11. He always was an insanely talented guy with motivation issues. I don’t blame him for retiring – he always wanted the big money and didn’t want to put himself through hell if he didn’t get it.

    Good luck to you Raji. At least you had that amazing run in 2010 and won a super bowl.

  12. Is early retirements a thing now or sign of where football as a sport is headed now ?…. Thoughts

  13. contra74 says:
    Mar 14, 2016 1:56 PM
    So either I play for the Packers or I take a hike from football….so long football, it just wasn’t worth it.
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    He could have stayed with the Packers if he wanted.. Ryan Wood (beat writer for the Packers) tweeted that he is walking away from a “very, very nice deal” from the Packers, as well as interest from several other teams. Looks like he is just done.

    Best of Luck Raji!

  14. lightninhopkins says:
    Mar 14, 2016 2:07 PM

    He has been worthless for the last 4 years. I hoped he would hang around.
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    Now there is a statement at odds with itself.

  15. NFL = WWE says:
    Mar 14, 2016 2:16 PM
    Is early retirements a thing now or sign of where football as a sport is headed now ?…. Thoughts
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    I think it’s some of both. When you have guys retiring after one year and superstars like Megatron and guys like Raji hanging it up around age 30, it’s definitely a thing. Also, with the mounting evidence and life stories of players who get completely scramble-brained 30 years before they should, it’s not only a thing, but a trend. You’ll always have the Peyton Mannings who have to be dragged away from the game, but there seems to be more players each year that get to a certain point and say they’ve had enough.

  16. f1restarter says:
    Mar 14, 2016 2:09 PM

    Raji gets it. Once you’ve been lucky enough to play with the legendary Green Bay Packers, there’s nowhere to go but down.

    Just ask Greg Jennings.

    unless you have won like 5 or 6 super bowls since 1980

  17. Surprised at this. He worked hard to come back from torn muscle. Run defense had some big games. I guess when you’re through, you’re through. Pennel screwed up big time.

  18. Time to get used to the new NFL. Walking away at 30 will become the new norm. Like gymnastics.

  19. And the Packers get worse.
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    You would’ve said the same thing if he stayed….can’t win with the trolls.

  20. h0metownzero says:

    Is he actually retiring, or is he just signing with the Vikings and too embarrassed to tell anyone?

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    There isn’t a dime’s worth of difference between the two. Signing with the Vikings is like getting out of pro football except you have to wait 17 weeks to see the ball sail wide left. Either way, you are watching the Superbowl from home.

    At least Raji can watch it from home wearing his Superbowl ring,…… said no Viking ever.

  21. Pretty long career for a guy that size. Hope he gets in shape, loses some weight and has a healthy retirement. He is a good dude who is hilarious.

  22. Its tough when he was probably the last 1st round pick in GB to actually amount to at least an average player. Next man up is a practice squad guy. Good luck with that. Aging QB who is clearly on the decline, a RB who over-eats to combat the depression of where he lives half the year. A WR corp made up of no names and a guy who is 30+ coming back from major knee surgery. Zero help in free agency even though their QB still has a couple good years left. What a mess. Good luck packers, you are gonna need it.

  23. The whole team should retired and let the franchise be disbanded to avoid the embarrassment they’ll be experiencing for the next decade at the bottom of the NFC. The US govt should follow suit and disown the entire state of Wisconsin. They are an embarrassment to the nation.

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