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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.

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55 Responses to “Report: Packers defensive tackle B.J. Raji to retire from football”
  1. northpackalacky says: Mar 14, 2016 1:53 PM

    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. jumboli says: Mar 14, 2016 1:53 PM

    And the Packers get worse.

  3. stellarperformance says: Mar 14, 2016 1:54 PM

    Good luck Raji. Next man up.

  4. drunkinsconnie says: Mar 14, 2016 1:54 PM

    Show me what you got, what you got Raji. Apparently nothing.

  5. 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.

  6. collectordude says: Mar 14, 2016 1:57 PM

    No HOF for him.

  7. techvet says: Mar 14, 2016 1:57 PM

    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.

  8. tritz32 says: Mar 14, 2016 1:58 PM

    I’ll never forget him dancing @ Chicago in the NFCC game on the way to winning a Super Bowl. Enjoy retirement, BJ! Go Pack!

  9. adoombray says: Mar 14, 2016 1:58 PM

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

  10. scoops1 says: Mar 14, 2016 1:59 PM

    the guy severely regressed in his career.

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

  11. lambeauphan says: Mar 14, 2016 2:00 PM

    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!

  12. irishtony85 says: Mar 14, 2016 2:03 PM

    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

  13. patriotsticketssince1978 says: Mar 14, 2016 2:04 PM

    Saving a few marbles for later in life.

  14. bassplucker says: Mar 14, 2016 2:04 PM

    Over/under on his weight this time next year: 4 bills.

  15. kickinpuppies says: Mar 14, 2016 2:06 PM

    Good luck BJ

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

    He has been worthless for the last 4 years. I hoped he would hang around.

  17. ad28bestever says: Mar 14, 2016 2:09 PM

    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.

  18. 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.

  19. atthemurph says: Mar 14, 2016 2:09 PM

    I was at the 2010 NFC Championship game. Sat right on the Southwest goal line where Raji had the INT Touchdown.

    That was surreal.

  20. cmstrick says: Mar 14, 2016 2:13 PM

    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?)

  21. zerotrophiessince1961 says: Mar 14, 2016 2:15 PM

    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.

  22. randymichigan says: Mar 14, 2016 2:15 PM

    So he’s retiring at 30? Must be because of the losing culture there in Green Bay. There can be no other reason to retire, right?

  23. leonbryte says: Mar 14, 2016 2:15 PM

    Dare I say, he “left some meat on the bone”? Not a term often associated with BJ.

  24. 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

  25. captainwhodat says: Mar 14, 2016 2:17 PM

    wish him well…

  26. holdsteady76 says: Mar 14, 2016 2:17 PM

    I think you need a new GM if Letroy Guion is your answer to anything.

  27. jonathankrobinson424 says: Mar 14, 2016 2:19 PM

    ……seems just last year he was drafted……man, time is flying by.

  28. redbullenergydrink says: Mar 14, 2016 2:19 PM

    I will never forget how against the bears you… oh wait, 90 other people have already mentioned this.

  29. weepingjebus says: Mar 14, 2016 2:19 PM

    Judging by how he played last year, he already retired a long time ago.

  30. dwarftosser says: Mar 14, 2016 2:20 PM

    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.
    ——————————————————————

    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!

  31. h0metownzero says: Mar 14, 2016 2:23 PM

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

  32. Seprix says: Mar 14, 2016 2:26 PM

    He got his money, why wreck his body further? He gets hurt like every year.

  33. mediasloppy says: Mar 14, 2016 2:27 PM

    lightninhopkins says:
    Mar 14, 2016 2:07 PM

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

  34. Great Caesar's Ghost says: Mar 14, 2016 2:28 PM

    Thank you BJ for contributing to Green Bay’s 13th NFL Championship!

  35. 4sacroc says: Mar 14, 2016 2:41 PM

    Dude won a title …

    Has made nice coin …

    Not a bad gig …

  36. packeroriginalgangsta says: Mar 14, 2016 2:42 PM

    Thanks BJ !!! Enjoy retirement

  37. jgedgar70 says: Mar 14, 2016 2:47 PM

    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
    _____
    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.

  38. leatherface2012 says: Mar 14, 2016 2:50 PM

    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

  39. milkcan44 says: Mar 14, 2016 2:51 PM

    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.

  40. zillabeast says: Mar 14, 2016 3:09 PM

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

  41. pkrlvr says: Mar 14, 2016 3:22 PM

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

  42. xavier179 says: Mar 14, 2016 3:49 PM

    Great news, this guy retired about 3 seasons ago.

  43. striveforsuccess86 says: Mar 14, 2016 4:01 PM

    If this trend continues, the NFL teams may have to lower ticket prices.

  44. whatjusthapped says: Mar 14, 2016 4:56 PM

    h0metownzero says:

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

    =======================
    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.

  45. shlort says: Mar 14, 2016 5:19 PM

    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.

  46. selfpromotingqb says: Mar 14, 2016 5:25 PM

    Raji intercepted Caleb Haney

  47. selfpromotingqb says: Mar 14, 2016 5:27 PM

    Packers better pray that Clete Blakeman referees BOTH games vs the Bears this year

  48. cacheesehead1237 says: Mar 14, 2016 5:38 PM

    Does anyone else find it ironic that BJ Raji retired on March 14

  49. desertviking64 says: Mar 14, 2016 6:06 PM

    Rats run from a sinking ship.

  50. bridgeh2o says: Mar 14, 2016 6:07 PM

    Didn’t know Raji still played……

  51. jhtobias says: Mar 14, 2016 10:44 PM

    see Viking fans players can retire with dignity instead of getting suspended for hitting a child or creating their own love boat

  52. grandpabw says: Mar 14, 2016 11:23 PM

    Raji is a smart person. He knows when to abandon a sinking ship. He saw the signs this past season.

    Good luck to you, B.J.

  53. skolkr says: Mar 16, 2016 2:06 AM

    Best wishes on your new journey of trying to keep it under 400 pounds and not filing bankruptcy in the next few years.

  54. mnfaninil says: Mar 16, 2016 8:24 AM

    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.

  55. purplepackerhater says: Mar 22, 2016 9:53 AM

    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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