Overview
Busari Raji Jr., better known as B.J. Raji, is a defensive tackle for the Green Bay Packers, who selected him with the ninth overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft. Raji was selected after exhausting his four years of eligibility with the Boston College Eagles. Raji is 6-feet, 1-inch tall and weighs 323 pounds.
Prep Career
Raji was a three-year starter on both the offensive and defensive lines at Westwood Regional High School in Washington Township, NJ. He also played two seasons of basketball. As a senior on the football team, Raji recorded 75 tackles, 7.5 sacks and forced four fumbles. After considering Rutgers and Wisconsin, Raji chose to sign with Boston College.
Freshman Year
As a true freshman in 2004, Raji played in 11 games as a reserve on the defensive line, recording 13 total tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss.
Sophomore Year
Raji became a starter during the 2005 season, recording 27 total tackles in 12 games. His 6.5 tackles for loss ranked sixth on the team. He recorded his first half-sack in Boston College's loss to Florida State, and finished the season with 1.5 sacks.
Junior Year
Raji started 12 of 13 games in 2006, missing the game against Duke. He finished the season with 27 total tackles for the second consecutive season, but increased his tackles for loss to 8.5 and doubled his sack total to 3.0. He was a second team All-ACC selection after the season.
Redshirt Year
Before the 2007 season, new Boston College head coach Jeff Jagodzinski made Raji lose 20 pounds from his 2006 playing weight of 350 pounds. At the same time, Raji took a pair of summer classes in the summer of 2007 to remain eligible. However, he was one class short of the NCAA's satisfactory progress requirement, so Raji was forced to sit out the 2007 season.
Senior Year
Raji returned in 2008, finishing the season with a career-high 42 total tackles. His 14.0 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks were both team highs. He was a first team All-ACC selection, the only Boston College player named to the first team defense.

After the 2008 season, Raji was invited to participate in the 2009 Senior Bowl, where he recorded one assisted tackle in a losing effort for the North team. Raji's performance in Senior Bowl practices helped increase his profile with draft scouts.
NFL Career
According to a Sports Illustrated report, Raji failed a drug test at the 2009 NFL Scouting Combine. The report also said teams were told at the combine that Raji had failed a drug test prior to the 2008 season at Boston College. Raji and his agents denied the reports, and when the NFL released its list of failed drug tests to its teams, Raji's name was not on it. Sports Illustrated then retracted its original report.

Raji was selected in the first round (ninth overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers. Raji and the Packers struggled to come to an agreement on a contract, leading to Raji leaving Green Bay for a brief period during training camp. After holding out for 13 days, Raji signed a five-year/$28.5M contract with $18.5M in guaranteed money.

Raji was expected to start the 2009 season as the Packers backup nose tackle in their new 3-4 defense, but missed the first two games of the season due to an ankle injury. Raji ended up playing 14 games as a rookie, starting one, and recorded 25 total tackles.
Personal
Raji is the son of Mamie and Busari Raji Sr. He is the oldest of three children. His younger brother Corey Raji is a forward on the Boston College basketball team.
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