The Green Bay Packers are losing B.J. Raji to retirement.
B.J. Raji might only be 29-years old at the time, but that doesn’t mean he thinks he has any years of football left ahead of him. Raji is reportedly going to retire from the NFL, effective immediately, and will end his career after less than decade in service.
According to Packers beat reporter Ryan Wood, Raji will be retiring this offseason and has already informed the Packers of his decision.
Raji will be 30-years old this summer, and while it may come as a shock to manny that he’s hanging it up so soon, it’s not like he hasn’t had a full career. He might not be a Hall of Fame defensive tackle but Raji has solidified himself as a Packers legend or the years he put in on the defensive front for the franchise.
It hasn’t been made clear what the specific reason for Raji retiring is, but it’s believed that his constant struggle with injuries is a contributing factor.
Many will remember his interception in the NFC Championship Game against the Chicago Bears from 2011 — a play that helped get the Packers to a Super Bowl they’d eventually win. His career lasted only seven years but he will always be remembered in Green Bay and will continue to be a fan favorite even in retirement.