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No plans for B.J. Raji to return to football

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Defensive tackle B.J. Raji left a contract offer from the Packers on the table around this time last year and announced that he’d be taking a “hiatus” from the NFL so that he could help take care of his ill mother and aunt.

That hiatus remains in effect and there’s no sign that Raji will be reversing course to resume his career during the 2017 season. His agent Brian Murphy said that members of the Packers organization have kept in touch with Raji and he believes they’d like him back in the fold, but Raji’s focus remains elsewhere.

“When he made the decision it was to go home and take care of his family and be with them, and he’s still doing that,” Murphy said, via ESPN.com. “His family is his first priority. He hasn’t really thought about football.”

Murphy said he doesn’t know if that will ever change and the chances of a return to the gridiron would seem to keep dropping the longer Raji is away from the game.

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11 Responses to “No plans for B.J. Raji to return to football”
  1. The Almighty Cabbage says: Mar 3, 2017 7:20 AM

    I’ve always liked BJ. This makes me like him even more.

    I can’t wait for our resident financial geniuses to tell us how stupid BJ is for choosing his family over the millions awaiting him.

  2. whatjusthapped says: Mar 3, 2017 8:28 AM

    When he made the announcement a year ago, common sense told you he was never coming back. Today, he confirmed that yet again.

  3. sportzfan says: Mar 3, 2017 9:07 AM

    Another way of taking care of your family is to get a nice, big contract and find the best health care for any members of the fam needing it. You can still go home at any time should the situation turn dire. Better yet, sign with a team that is close to your family so you can be there on a day to day basis. Seems like it might be more than just needing to take care of his mom.

  4. tjacks7 says: Mar 3, 2017 9:39 AM

    Kudos to BJ. I guess he’s the only one that realized he and his defensive teammates weren’t NFL material after suffering his third embarrassing playoff collapse. Luckily, he quit before the 4th. Maybe Ted will learn one day.

  5. stellarperformance says: Mar 3, 2017 9:42 AM

    I’d rather have a guy with his head in the game and want to be playing than somebody showing up half-assed and taking the money simply because they can.

    Good for you Raji.

  6. queervikes says: Mar 3, 2017 10:25 AM

    Family first. Makes sense. And to be honest, i wouldnt really want him back on the team now. he wasnt very good his last season and now being away, im sure he is out of football shape. #retired

  7. ariani1985 says: Mar 3, 2017 10:36 AM

    after watching Turd Nation getting destroyed in Atlanta I wouldn’t want to play with those sorry group of losers either!!

  8. scotthochsdramaticweightgain1 says: Mar 3, 2017 10:42 AM

    Since BJ is the son of a minister, this news is not surprising at all. Enjoy your retirement, BJ, and take care of the ladies in your life. Go Pack Go!

  9. 4gone says: Mar 3, 2017 10:51 AM

    Is that Raji or Lacy in the picture?

  10. truthbetold109 says: Mar 3, 2017 11:16 AM

    I see the usual classless suspects are here representing all we have come to know from vikings fans.

    Third place trolls trying to call going to the NFCCG embarrassing. It would be funny if it wasn’t so sad.

  11. aypeeswhippingstick says: Mar 3, 2017 11:46 AM

    Maybe when he’s not busy caring for his family BJ can help tiny Teddy’s widdle knee heal and Zimmy the Chimp keep his eyeballs from popping out.

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