Total Respect to BJ Raji

Posted by  Brady Augustine   in  ,      1 year ago     138 Views     6 Comments  

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GREEN BAY, WI - JANUARY 05:  B.J. Raji #90 of the Green Bay Packers celebrates a incomplete pass by the San Francisco 49ers in the first quarter during their NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Lambeau Field on January 5, 2014 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

The BJ Raji story just gets more interesting the deeper it goes. Earlier today, it seemed like a simple retirement story…now we find that BJ has the team’s best in mind. I have a lot of respect for a guy who turned down an offer sheet because he was not sure his heart was 100% into the game any more. So many players would take the check and play as hard as they felt like, but that does a disservice to the team.

I remember when BJ Raji was drafted, it was almost a necessity pick with a relatively new 3-4 defensive scheme and not quite the “right” line for it. Raji was a big, low beast who could take up two blockers and free the linebackers to do their job.

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While Raji didn’t turn out to be a perennial pro-bowler or anything, he was responsible for some really sweet Packer plays, on offense as well as defense.
 

Now, the team turns to the draft and once again needs to seriously consider picking up another prototypical 3-4 nose. This draft is deep in defensive linemen and I wouldn’t at all be surprised if that is where our first round pick goes.

Regardless, the Packers look like a team that is in need of some re-tooling. We still have no answer at inside linebacker, and didn’t pick up a field-stretching tight end via free agency either. With Raji’s hiatus, we now have yet another need.

This is a team and coaching staff that has fought through injuries and absences/holes before. We can still get it done. I can’t wait until the draft roles around and we get a chance to welcome in some new blood.

In the meantime, “Thanks BJ” I always like ya…and not just because we share the same initials”.

Go Pack!

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Brady Augustine is co-owner and content creator for www.greenbaypackernation.com. He currently resides in Tennessee and also conspires with brother, JR on www.cheesnewswire.com

36 Comments

  1.   March 15, 2016, 1:14 pm

    Sorry to see you leave the best team in the the world Our Green Bay Packers Have a great retirement.

  2.   March 15, 2016, 11:40 am

    GOD has changed your focus. You have been a great asset to my favorite team. You will now be engaged in a lifelong team with your family. Best wishes to you. GOD will make a way for you.

  3.   March 15, 2016, 9:49 am

    I’m sorry to see you go but have fun in retirement and always go pack go

  4.   March 15, 2016, 1:05 am

    Adios “Freezer” thanks for the effort and all the highlights your play produced. Congrats on your retirement.

  5.   March 14, 2016, 11:27 pm

    You will definitely be missed!! The very best to you!! Thank you for some terrific memories.

  6.   March 14, 2016, 10:26 pm

    You are the reason I choose the Packer when my husband introduced me to football! Love Ya Raji! Hope you come back if not enjoy life and I hope you don’t disappear out of the scene for good!

  7.   March 14, 2016, 8:33 pm

    Good luck in what ever you do B.J., you’ll be missed on the field and I will always love your pick for a touchdown. Hope to see one day back on the field an if you don’t just remember
    Go PACK Go!

  8.   March 14, 2016, 7:28 pm

    I wasn’t expecting you to be gone so suddenly B.J. I’m going to miss your on-field presence. Your pick-6 will remain in my brain forever! Thanks for the great seasons with the Pack!

  9.   March 14, 2016, 7:11 pm

    Going to miss you! I love to watch you on the field, you’re my man!!

  10.   March 14, 2016, 6:11 pm

    Thank you for making the Green and Gold, young and old proud to be Packers fans!!! Here’s to new beginnings, B.J., as your time playing for America’s true NFL team…the great Green Bay Packers comes to a very memorable retirement and not an end because you will forever be a Packer!

  11.   March 14, 2016, 5:45 pm

    Loved watching you play B.J. You went out in style after having a great year plugging up the middle of the D-line. Good luck in your future endeavors-you’ve been a class act for the green and gold.

  12.   March 14, 2016, 5:36 pm

    BJ you will certainly be missed; not only by the team, but by all your fans!! Wishing you well with all your future endeavors.

  13.   March 14, 2016, 5:18 pm

    BJ,
    Thank you!!!
    You may be leaving the Packers, but the PACKERS will always be with you. Bon courage mon ami!
    Ed Tavernier

  14.   March 14, 2016, 5:09 pm

    I will ALWAYS remember the FREEZER, thank BJ Raji for all you’ve done for the Pack, you will always be a Green Bay Packer!!

  15.   March 14, 2016, 4:45 pm

    BJ MY MANNNNN, ITS GANNA BE SAD NOT SEEING U ON THE FEILD NEXT YEAR!!! I THINK YOUR A BEAST BRO U HAD ONE OF THE BEST PLAYS IN PACKERS HISTORY!!! YOUR PICK 6 WAS LEGENDARY!!! YOU WILL BE MISSED BRO

    SINCERELY GOLIATH KANNO

  16.   March 14, 2016, 4:42 pm

    Raji you were Hell if a Packer!!! I was always pulling for you, even when you were hurt. I was hoping you would come back this season because you earned the money. Your Hell of a man and one Hell of a football player. I really hope you change your mind, but if this is it take care bud and God Bless, you always be one of the Best Packers…. Go Pack Go were gonna miss you bro

  17.   March 14, 2016, 4:35 pm

    Thank you NJ for your dedication and professional attitude. God bless you on your next chapter on life. You will always be welcomed at Lambeau

  18.   March 14, 2016, 4:32 pm

    Really sorry to hear this! So glad you were and always will be a Green Bay Packer! I’ll never forget the pick six and touchdown, awesome memory! Good luck, you will be missed!

  19.   March 14, 2016, 4:19 pm

    Bye raji you will be missed. Once a packer always a packer. I hope you will always consider green bay your home. Thank you.

  20.   March 14, 2016, 4:11 pm

    Damn man, good luck BJ. Take the easy bro

  21.   March 14, 2016, 4:08 pm

    Enjoy retirement BJ. You will be greatly missed. Good luck in all you do.

  22.   March 14, 2016, 4:04 pm

    Gonna leave a BIG hole. Live your life like you played for the Packers and you will live a life. God Bless.

  23.   March 14, 2016, 4:03 pm

    Thanks for being there Raji! We surely will moss u!

  24.   March 14, 2016, 4:01 pm

    Enjoy your retirement BJ,glad you were a Packer and happy to see you go out on top.

  25.   March 14, 2016, 3:44 pm

    Thanks for the memories big guy, you will be missed this year in the trenches.

  26.   March 14, 2016, 3:28 pm

    After reading the story about how his heart was no longer in it and the health issues going on with his mom and other family members, I find his decision to be very respectful and honest to himself. Money doesn’t create happiness, and it’s enlightening to see him be true to himself. Good luck in your future endeavors B.J. We’ll miss you 💚💛💚💛

  27.   March 14, 2016, 3:27 pm

    Best of Luck BJ in whatever you decide to do. We will miss you.

  28.   March 14, 2016, 3:26 pm

    Well doesn’t this suck. Ok, BJ, let’s do all the things YOU want to do.

    •   March 15, 2016, 7:51 pm

      I can only assume since I the first to comment to my own post, there is little chance anyone, let alone BJ Raji will ever read this. However, I am compelled to post this reply for the record and to officially say, I am sorry. When I originally replied to this, I had no idea of the troubles BJ is facing and was simply making an attempt at being sarcastic. Had I known then what I know now, my comment would have been entirely different, and would have gone something like this.

      We all have mothers, and any son who is willing to surrender what has been a tremendous and promising career for her and her sister, was raised by one hell of a mom. Best of luck to you sir, off the field, and if ever possible again, on.

  29.   March 14, 2016, 3:22 pm

    mad love and respect THANK YOU your an amazing packer 4lofe

  30.   March 14, 2016, 3:18 pm

    Mr. Raji we’ll always remember you as the fantastic player you were in the field and awesome person you were out the field. Thank you for these 6 years, we are proud to have had you in Green Bay. Good luck.

  31.   March 14, 2016, 3:15 pm

    I remember playing against you in high school as a freshman I think you were a senior Englewood vs Westwood good times God bless

  32.   March 14, 2016, 3:15 pm

    Raji I will miss you and thank you for the great years! Wish you weren’t going.

  33.   March 14, 2016, 3:15 pm

    Thanks for your hard work and dedication Brother !!! You’ll be missed

  34.   March 14, 2016, 3:15 pm

    We love u B.J. thank u for help making our awesome!!! We will never forget u #90 Happy Retirement!!! Be safe and take care Green Bay Packer…

    •   March 15, 2016, 7:59 am

      Never thought you would leave so soon…happy u wore green & yellow…you a true warrior BJ…good luck on da next chapter in your life…#SHOWEMWHATYOUGOTRAJI#

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