B. J. Raji

Busari Alamu Raji Jr. (born July 11, 1986) is a former American football defensive tackle. He played college football at Boston College. Raji was drafted by the Green Bay Packers with the ninth overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. He won Super Bowl XLV with the Packers against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

B. J. Raji
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Raji with the Green Bay Packers in 2011
No. 90
Position:Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born:July 11, 1986 (age 32)
New York, New York
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:337 lb (153 kg)
Career information
High school:Westwood (NJ) Regional
College:Boston College
NFL Draft:2009 / Round: 1 / Pick: 9
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:159
Sacks:11.0
Fumble recoveries:1
Pass deflections:10
Rushing touchdowns:1
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Early years

Raji was born in New York City on July 11, 1986, the son to Busari Raji, Sr. and Mamie Raji. A three-year starter on both the offensive and defensive lines at Westwood Regional High School, he earned All-State, All-Conference, and All-County honors as a senior. Raji was also a two-time All-Bergen County Scholastic League choice. In 2003, he recorded 75 tackles, 7.5 sacks, and four forced fumbles. He was selected to play in the 2004 Governor's Bowl, a game played between the top high-school seniors in New Jersey and New York.

Considered a two-star recruit by Rivals.com, Raji was not ranked among the top defensive tackle prospects of the Class of 2004, which also included DeMario Pressley, Frank Okam, and Glenn Dorsey.[1] Raji chose to attend Boston College over Rutgers and Wisconsin.[2]

College career

Raji made the Boston College Eagles as a true freshman in 2004, playing in a rotation behind senior Tim Bulman. He made his college debut in the home opener against Penn State, making one tackle. He finished the year with 13 tackles (6 solos) and 1.5 tackles for loss.[3]

As a sophomore, Raji started in all twelve games, registering 27 tackles (20 solos), 6.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, and one pass breakup. He recorded one unassisted tackle against Boise State in the MPC Computers Bowl.[3]

In his 2006 junior season, Raji started in 12 games, finishing with 63 career tackles (37 solos), 16.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, and four pass breakups. He also had three solo stops, including two tackles for loss in the Meineke Car Care Bowl against Navy.

Raji missed the 2007 season due to academic reasons. Returning to the team in 2008, he started on a defense that included Ron Brace, Kevin Akins, Mark Herzlich, Robert Francois, and Brian Toal, anchoring the defense to a berth in the 2008 Music City Bowl. Over his four-year college career, Raji amassed 99 tackles (23 for a loss) and 9 sacks,[3] and was named all-ACC twice, in 2006 as a 2nd-team member and in 2008 as a first-team starter.[4][5]

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 1 38 in
(1.86 m)
337 lb
(153 kg)
5.12 s 1.69 s 2.93 s 4.69 s 7.90 s 32 in
(0.81 m)
8 ft 7 in
(2.62 m)
33 reps
All values from NFL Combine[6][7]

Raji was selected ninth overall by the Green Bay Packers in the 2009 NFL Draft. He was worked into defensive coordinator Dom Capers' brand new 3-4 scheme during the start of the Packers 2009 season. Raji held out during the 2009 training camp and completed his deal on August 14. Hampered by an ankle injury for the entire season, he appeared in fourteen games (once as a starter), and managed 25 tackles and 1 sack.

Fully recovered and expected to fully contribute for the 2010 season, Raji earned the starting position at the sole defensive tackle position in Capers' 3-4 type defense, switching previous starter Ryan Pickett to defensive end. 2010 was a breakout season, as he started in all 16 games. Raji became the defensive anchor that the Packers had envisioned, accumulating 39 tackles with 6.5 sacks, along with 3 passes defended.

The Packers began using Raji as an additional fullback in their goal line offense during the 2011 postseason, which led to Raji nicknaming himself "The Freezer" in homage to William Perry, who played for the Bears and was nicknamed "The Fridge".[8][9] On January 23, 2011, in the fourth quarter of the NFC Championship Game at Soldier Field in Chicago, Raji intercepted a pass from Bears backup quarterback Caleb Hanie and returned it 18 yards to the end zone, marking Raji's first career interception and touchdown.[8] The 337-pound Raji performed a memorable hula dance after the touchdown, an incident that was parodied in a State Farm Insurance commercial featuring Raji and Aaron Rodgers.[10] The play also broke William Perry's NFL record for the heaviest player to score a post-season touchdown.[8][11] The touchdown proved to be the decisive score, and with that interception, Packers advanced to Super Bowl XLV, where they defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers by a score of 31-25.[12]

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Raji against the Kansas City Chiefs in 2011

In the 2011 offseason, Raji was ranked #81 by his peers on NFL Network's Top 100 Greatest Players of 2011, where he was presented by New York Giants center Shaun O'Hara.

In early August 2011, Raji was named the co-host of the "In The Huddle" radio show along with longtime Wisconsin sports reporter Bill Scott. The one-hour show airs live from Tanner's Sports Bar in Kimberly near Green Bay.

During a Week 11 matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on November 20, on his first and only carry of his career, Raji scored a rushing touchdown in the 35–26 victory.[13] He was only the fourth defensive lineman to score a rushing touchdown since the NFL/AFL merger.[14] On December 28, 2011, he was elected to his first Pro Bowl appearance. In 16 games of the 2011 season, Raji registered 3 sacks and 2 passes defended on 24 tackles. The Packers finished the season with an NFL-best 15-1 record for an NFC North pennant, but lost to the New York Giants 20-37 in the divisional round.

2012 Packers vs Giants - B. J. Raji
B. J. Raji against the New York Giants in January 2012.

Raji played in 14 games in the 2012 season, making 26 tackles and defended two passes.

The Packers' defensive line became short-handed in 2013 due to injuries. Raji was transitioned to defensive end, while Ryan Pickett maintained the role at defensive tackle. He started all 16 games at defensive end, making 17 tackles.

On August 22, 2014, in a preseason game against the Oakland Raiders, Raji suffered a torn right biceps. He was subsequently placed on injured reserve, and missed the entire 2014 NFL season.[15]

On March 30, 2015, Raji signed a one-year, $3.5 million deal with the Packers.[16] In the 2015 season, Raji totaled 22 tackles and half a sack.[17]

Hiatus

On March 14, 2016, Raji announced his retirement from professional football after seven seasons, but noted he would return to the league and that he may simply be taking a "hiatus".[18]

Statistics

Source: NFL.com

Year Team G GS Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Total Solo Ast Sck SFTY PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF FR
Regular season
2009 GB 14 1 25 19 6 1.0 0 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2010 GB 16 16 39 29 10 6.5 0 3 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2011 GB 16 16 22 14 8 3.0 0 2 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 1
2012 GB 14 14 26 16 10 0.0 0 2 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2013 GB 16 16 17 12 5 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2015 GB 15 15 22 13 9 0.5 0 2 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
Total 91 78 151 103 48 11.0 0 10 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 1
Postseason
2009 GB 1 0 1 0 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2010 GB 4 4 5 5 0 1.0 0 2 1 18 18.0 18 1 0 0
2011 GB 1 1 2 0 2 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2012 GB 2 2 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2013 GB 1 1 2 1 1 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2015 GB 2 2 4 4 0 0.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
Total 11 10 14 10 4 1.0 0 2 1 18 18.0 18 1 0 0

References

  1. ^ "Rivals.com". sports.yahoo.com.
  2. ^ "B.J. Raji Profile - Football Recruiting". Rivals.com. Retrieved April 17, 2009.
  3. ^ a b c "ESPN College Statistics". ESPN. Retrieved June 16, 2011.
  4. ^ http://www.theacc.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/112706aag.html Archived September 29, 2007, at the Wayback Machine ACC 2006
  5. ^ http://aol.sportingnews.com/ncaa-football/story/2008-12-01/2008-all-acc-football-team ACC 2008
  6. ^ "NFL Draft 2009 - BJ Raji", nfl.com
  7. ^ "BJ Raji Draft Profile", NFLDraftScout.com
  8. ^ a b c "XLV: B.J. Raji dancing his way to stardom". ESPN.com. January 25, 2011.
  9. ^ "Freezer Raji lobbies to carry the rock in Super Bowl".
  10. ^ "YouTube". www.youtube.com.
  11. ^ "Raji Knocks Fridge From His Perch". January 25, 2011 – via www.wsj.com.
  12. ^ "Super Bowl XLV - Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Green Bay Packers - February 6th, 2011". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  13. ^ "Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Green Bay Packers - November 20th, 2011". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved August 10, 2018.
  14. ^ "Buccaneers vs. Packers - Game Recap - November 20, 2011 - ESPN". ESPN.com.
  15. ^ Patra, Kevin. "B.J. Raji tears biceps, will miss Packers' season". NFL.com.
  16. ^ "B.J. Raji returning to Packers on one-year deal".
  17. ^ Welk, Sam (January 20, 2016). "2015 Packers Position Grades: Defense and Special Teams". Sconnie Sports Talk.
  18. ^ "Packers DT B.J. Raji to retire after seven seasons". NFL.com.

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2008 Atlantic Coast Conference football season

The 2008 Atlantic Coast Conference football season was the 56th season that the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) participated in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) college football. As a Bowl Championship Series (BCS) conference, the ACC's constituent members competed within the framework of the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS).

The media widely recognized the 2008 season as one of the most chaotic in the conference's history. At season's end, the ACC fielded an NCAA-record of ten bowl eligible teams from its twelve conference members.Virginia Tech secured its second consecutive conference championship when it won the 2008 ACC Championship Game against Boston College. Likewise, it was the second consecutive season that Boston College finished as the conference runner-up. Virginia Tech went on to represent the conference in its BCS game, the 2008 Orange Bowl, and, with a victory over Cincinnati, ended the ACC's eight-year BCS game slump.

2008 Boston College Eagles football team

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2009 Senior Bowl

The 2009 Under Armour Senior Bowl was an all-star college football exhibition game featuring players from the 2008 college football season, and prospects for the 2009 Draft of the professional National Football League (NFL).

The game was played on January 24, 2009, at 6 p.m. local time at Ladd–Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama. The South defeated the North, 35–18, and quarterback Pat White of the South team was named game's Most Valuable Player (MVP). Various players were seen to have either improved or harmed their NFL draft prospects through their play in the game and the week leading up to the competition, which was closely monitored by NFL scouts and the media.Coverage of the event was in high-definition on the NFL Network.

2010 All-Pro Team

There are three 2010 All-Pro Teams—one each named by the Associated Press (AP), Pro Football Writers Association (PFWA), and Sporting News—for performance in the 2010 NFL season. While none of these have the official imprimatur of the NFL (whose official recognition is nomination to the 2011 Pro Bowl), they are included (separately) in the NFL Record and Fact Book. Any player selected to any of the teams can be described as an "All-Pro."

The AP team, with first- and second-team selections, was chosen by a national panel of 50 NFL writers; the Sporting News selection process uses a panel of 50 NFL coaches and executives, while the PFWA team is chosen by polling its 300+ members.

2010 Green Bay Packers season

The 2010 Green Bay Packers season was the 92nd season overall and their 90th season in the National Football League. Although they finished with only a respectable 10–6 record, good for a second-place finish in the NFC North, the Packers never lost a game by more than four points, and never trailed by more than seven the entire season, becoming the only team since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 to accomplish this. All six of their regular season losses were by a combined 20 points. They entered the playoffs as the NFC's sixth seed. After defeating the Philadelphia Eagles 21–16 in the Wild Card round, the Atlanta Falcons 48–21 in the Divisional round and long time rivals, Chicago Bears 21–14 in the NFC Championship, the team advanced to Super Bowl XLV in which they faced the AFC's 2nd seed Pittsburgh Steelers. The Packers defeated the Steelers 31–25 to win their fourth Super Bowl and 13th NFL championship. The Packers became the second overall team after the 2005 Pittsburgh Steelers, and the first NFC team, to win the Super Bowl as a sixth seed, as well as becoming the second NFC team to win three straight road playoff games (the 2007 New York Giants won three straight road games as a five seed).

The Packers offense ranked ninth in yards per game, tenth in total points, & fifth in passing yards. The defense ranked fifth in yards allowed and finished second in fewest points allowed (240, second best in team history), sacks (47), and interceptions (24), while also limiting quarterbacks to a 67.2 passer rating, first in the league.

2011 Green Bay Packers season

The 2011 Green Bay Packers season was the franchise's 93rd season overall and their 91st in the National Football League, and the sixth under head coach Mike McCarthy. The team not only improved on their 10–6 record from a season earlier, they became just the sixth team in NFL history to win 15 games during the regular season. As of 2017, the 15–1 record stands as the best in team history. The Packers won their first 13 games of the season to extend their winning streak from the previous season to 19, the second-longest in NFL history behind the 21-game winning streak of the New England Patriots in 2003 and 2004, and also tied the record for the best start to a season in NFC history that the New Orleans Saints had set in 2009. The only loss for the Packers during the regular season was a Week 15 defeat in Arrowhead Stadium against the Kansas City Chiefs. They also became the first NFC North team to go undefeated in the division since the 1987 Chicago Bears.

Statistics site Football Outsiders calculated that the Packers were, play for play, the best team in the NFL in 2011 (though they received the second-lowest rating for a number-1 team since the 1993 San Francisco 49ers). According to the site, the Packers' offense was historically prolific, ranking as the second-best pass offense and third-best total offense since they began calculating. Furthermore, quarterback Aaron Rodgers had the fourth-most-prolific season, play by play, since calculations began and some have called it one of the most efficient seasons ever by a quarterback by setting the NFL record for highest passer rating in a season (122.5). The 2011 Packers are one of only five teams in NFL history to score 35 points or more nine times in a single season and one of only two teams to score 42 points or more in at least six games, the other being the 2013 Broncos. The Packers' 70 total touchdowns are tied with the 1984 Dolphins for the third-most touchdowns scored in a season, and their 51 total touchdown passes are tied with the 2004 Colts for second-most touchdown passes in a season. The defense was ranked last, 32nd, in the league in yards allowed and surrendered an NFL record 4,796 passing yards despite leading the league in interceptions, with 31.

With their record-setting offense, their 15–1 record, and their having home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs, the Packers were aiming to repeat as Super Bowl champions, and become the first team to win back-to-back titles since the Patriots in 2003 and 2004. However, the Packers instead became the first team to finish with at least 15 victories and not win a playoff game, as they were beaten in a shocking upset by the eventual Super Bowl champion New York Giants 37–20 at Lambeau Field. The Packers became just the sixth team to win 15 games in the regular season, joining the 1984 49ers, 1985 Bears, 1998 Vikings, 2004 Steelers and the 2007 Patriots, who finished the regular season undefeated at 16–0. The Packers became the fourth consecutive team with at least fifteen victories to fail to win the Super Bowl.

2014 Green Bay Packers season

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