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  • Wed., Jul. 23, 2014 5:00 PM CDT Ask Vic Day

    “Ask Vic Day” will include dinner and a movie, an “Ask Vic Live,” and a few other surprises along the way. The event will be held on July 23, 2014, at Lambeau Field. Registration will begin at 4 pm with a 5 pm kickoff. Door prizes will be awarded during the reception.

    Cost per person is $35 (tax included).

  • Thu., Jul. 24, 2014 11:00 AM CDT Shareholders Meeting

    The Green Bay Packers 2014 Annual Meeting of Shareholders will be held Thursday, July 24, at 11 a.m., at Lambeau Field. The meeting will take place rain or shine.

  • Fri., Jul. 25, 2014 6:00 PM CDT Packers 1K Kids Run

    Back to Football also includes the 1K Kids Run, presented by WPS Health Insurance. Kids 10 years old and younger will have the opportunity to run a Lambeau Lap on Friday, July 25, at 6 p.m. Registration for the Kids Run is $10 and all participants will receive a Packers 1K Run t-shirt, a logoed bag and a participant medal.

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  • Fri., Jul. 25, 2014 7:00 PM CDT Movie Night at Lambeau Field

    Movie Night at Lambeau Field will return this year on Friday, July 25, following the 1K Kids Run. The event is free and open to the public, and concessions will be available throughout the movie. More details will be announced at a later date.

    Time listed above is subject to change.

  • Sat., Jul. 26, 2014 6:30 PM CDT Packers 5K Run/Walk

    The fifth annual ‘5K Run/Walk at Lambeau Field,’ is set for Saturday, July 26, at 6:30 p.m.

    The computer-timed run is highlighted by a neighborhood route that ultimately takes participants into Lambeau Field and around the famed gridiron. The event has a special finish line – the Packers’ ‘G’ painted on turf located in the parking lot.

    All participants will receive a Packers 5K Run T-shirt, a logoed bag, and a bib number and timing chip. To celebrate the race’s fifth anniversary, all participants will receive a commemorative medal. In addition, photos will be taken on the course and will be available at no cost on the Packers 5K Run website.

    Packers-themed awards will be presented to the top three finishers in each age group. An awards ceremony will take place following the conclusion of the race.

    Registration, which is $25 for adults and $15 for children (12 and younger), will be available online beginning Friday, May 23, at www.packers.com/5k. Mail-in registration is also an option, with forms available online and in person at Lambeau Field. Runners can also register at the Bellin Run Expo on Friday, June 13, at Astor Park in Green Bay. Early registration is encouraged. After July 13, registration fees will increase to $30 and $20, respectively.

  • Thu., Jul. 31, 2014 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM CDT PPCC Annual Reception

    The Packers Partners Annual Reception is set for Thursday, July 31, 2014 in the Lambeau Field Atrium from 4:00 PM- 7:00 PM.

    Packers Jarrett Boykin, Eddie Lacy, Datone Jones and DuJuan Harris will appear at the reception. The event will include a Player Guest Q&A, a Meet & Greet with a Packers Alumni and a Raffle Drawing.

    This is a member’s only event. Invitations will be mailed the week of June 23rd, and online registration will open at 9 am CDT on June 25th and will close on July 11th at 5 pm CDT. 

    Invitations will include all of this information and additional details.

    To sign up to become a member of the Packers Partners Club of Champions and receive an invitation to the reception, fans can go to www.packers.com/ppcc.

     

Players

B.J. Raji
DT #90
Height:
6-2
Weight:
337
Age:
28
College:
Boston College
Experience:
6

Quick Stats (2013):

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TOTAL 129 90 39 10.5 0 8 0 0 -- 0 0 0 1
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2012 GB 14 14 26 16 10 0.0 -- 2 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2011 GB 16 16 22 14 8 3.0 0 2 -- -- -- -- -- 0 1
2010 GB 16 16 39 29 10 6.5 -- 3 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
2009 GB 14 1 25 19 6 1.0 -- 1 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
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6 @BAL W 19-17 2 1 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
7 CLE W 31-13 1 1 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
8 @MIN W 44-31 1 1 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
9 CHI L 20-27 3 3 0 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
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15 @DAL W 37-36 1 0 1 -- -- 0 -- -- -- -- -- 0 --
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Biography

  • Last name is pronounced RAH-jee.
  • Earned his first bid to the Pro Bowl in 2011, becoming the first Green Bay defensive tackle since Bob Brown in 1972 to be voted to the all-star team.
  • Has played in 53 games since 2010 (including playoffs), tied for the fourth most in the NFL by a defensive lineman over that span.
  • Led all NFL nose tackles with 6½ sacks in 2010, the most recorded by a nose tackle since Minnesota’s Ken Clarke posted seven in 1990 (according to STATS LLC).
  • With an 18-yard INT return for a touchdown at Chicago in the NFC Championship Game, became the first defensive lineman in franchise playoff history to post an INT for a score and the first NFL defensive lineman to do so in the postseason since Jacksonville’s Clyde Simmons (Dec. 28, 1996).
  • Named to the Pro Football Weekly/PFWA All-Rookie team in 2009, the first Packers defensive lineman to be selected since DE Vonnie Holliday in 1998.
  • Was a first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection in 2008, when he became the first Boston College DT to lead his team in sacks (eight) in 23 years.
  • Nearly one-third (32½ of 105, 31 percent) of his tackles in college were behind the line of scrimmage.


Pro Highlights:

  • Has emerged as one of the top players in the league at his position over the past three seasons, and earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl in 2011, the first Packers defensive tackle since Bob Brown in 1972 to receive the honor.
  • Earned Pro Bowl alternate status for his performance in 2012 after starting all 14 games in which he appeared and posting 46 tackles (26 solo) and a pass defensed.
  • Started all 16 games for the second consecutive year in 2011 (joining S Morgan Burnett as the only two Green Bay defensive players to do so in 2011), and registered 43 tackles (19 solo), three sacks, three passes defensed and a fumble recovery.
  • Was named a Pro Bowl alternate in 2010 and was selected to USA Today’s All-Joe Team, which honors unheralded players in the league, while also earning All-NFC honors from Pro Football Weekly.
  • Led all NFL nose tackles with 6½ sacks in 2010, the most recorded by a NT since Minnesota’s Ken Clarke posted seven in 1990 (according to STATS LLC) and was the only Green Bay defensive lineman to open every game, posting a career-high 66 tackles (36 solo).
  • Added 12 tackles, a sack, two passes defensed and an interception in the 2010 postseason, highlighted by an 18-yard INT return for a score at Chicago in the NFC Championship Game that put Green Bay up 21-7 in the eventual 21-14 victory.
  • Played in 14 games with one start as a rookie in ’09 and was named to the Pro Football Weekly/PFWA All-Rookie team, becoming the first Green Bay defensive lineman to earn the recognition since DE Vonnie Holliday in 1998.
  • Was part of a defensive-line rotation that year that helped the Packers lead the NFL in run defense for the first time in franchise history, allowing a team-record 83.3 yards per game.
  • Rookie campaign got off to a slow start when he didn’t sign a contract until Aug. 14, which caused him to miss the first two weeks of practice. Sprained his ankle in the preseason finale at Tennessee (Sept. 3), which sidelined him for the first two regular-season games.


2012 SEASON
: Started all 14 games in which he appeared, missing a pair of contests in the first half of the season following an ankle injury suffered at Indianapolis in Week 5 (Oct. 7)…Snapped a streak of 57 consecutive games played (including playoffs) dating back to Weeks 1-2 of his rookie season in 2009…Posted 46 tackles (26 solo) and a pass defensed during the regular season, and was named an alternate for the Pro Bowl…Also started both playoff contests, tallying five tackles (two solo)…At Seattle (Sept. 24): Finished with six tackles (two solo), helping to key a run defense that limited standout RB Marshawn Lynch to a 3.9-yard average on 25 carries during the game…At Indianapolis (Oct. 5): Started and appeared on the first 15 defensive snaps. Rolled his ankle while engaged in a block in the second quarter and did not return...Vs. Jacksonville (Oct. 28): Returned to action after missing the previous two games. Started at NT and led the defensive line by appearing on 52 plays, tallying three tackles (one solo). Helped limit the Jacksonville rushing attack to 62 yards on 20 attempts (3.1 avg.), including just 16 in the second half...Vs. Detroit (Dec. 2): Posted a season-high eight tackles (five solo), his highest output in that department since he recorded the same number vs. Miami in Week 6 of 2010…At Chicago (Dec. 16): Turned in yet another active performance against both the run and pass, appearing on 43 plays and recording three tackles (two solo), three pressures and a QB hit. Forced a tackle for loss on Chicago’s second possession when he slipped into the backfield between G James Brown and T J’Marcus Webb, pushing RB Matt Forté into the arms of LB Clay Matthews for a 3-yard loss. Also drew a holding call against G Gabe Carimi that wiped out a 7-yard gain by Forté late in the second quarter…At Minnesota (Dec. 30): Delivered a strong individual performance against the Vikings’ vaunted rushing attack, finishing with five solo tackles (including two for loss) and two pressures. One of his tackles for loss came in the first quarter when he dropped RB Adrian Peterson in the backfield for a 2-yard loss. Had another one in the fourth quarter when he dragged Peterson down for a 1-yard loss behind the line…Vs. Minnesota (NFC Wild Card, Jan. 5): Had another solid outing as part of a defense that effectively limited Peterson (22 carries, 99 yards, 4.5 avg.) and held the Vikings in check while the Packers mounted a 24-3 lead over the first three quarters. Posted two tackles (one solo), two pressures and a QB hit.               

2011: Earned his first career trip to the Pro Bowl, becoming the first Green Bay DT since Brown in 1972 to earn the acclaim…Started all 16 games for the second consecutive season…Joined Burnett as the only two players on defense to start every game…Finished with 43 tackles (19 solo), three sacks, three passes defensed and his first career fumble recovery…Also saw his role in the goal-line offense continue to evolve as he was given his first career carry and scored a TD on the play…Vs. New Orleans (Sept. 8): Started and displayed his impressive physical conditioning by appearing on 67 of the unit’s 76 defensive plays. Credited with four tackles (three solo) and a pass defensed. Was also part of the goal-line stand at the end of the game, pushing forward inside of G Jahri Evans to force RB Mark Ingram outside and into the grasp of Matthews and Burnett, short of the goal line as time expired…At Carolina (Sept. 18): Started and made four tackles (three solo, one for loss) and his first sack of the young season. On the sack, clubbed his way past LG Travelle Wharton, beating him up the field and tripping up QB Cam Newton for a 12-yard loss…At Minnesota (Oct. 23): Led the defensive line with six tackles (two solo) and a sack. Saw his second sack of the season come when he chased QB Christian Ponder out of bounds for a zero-yard sack. Also drew a holding call against C Joe Berger on a fourth-quarter play that negated a 7-yard scramble by Ponder…Vs. Tampa Bay (Nov. 20): Credited with an assisted tackle and a pass defensed. Personal highlight of the game came on the offensive side of the ball, when he lined up in the backfield on a second-and-goal from the 1-yard line on the 15th play of the Packers’ opening possession. Took a handoff from QB Aaron Rodgers and surged forward for a 1-yard TD to put the Packers ahead 7-0, the first offensive TD of his career. With the TD, became just the fourth NFL DL since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 to score a rushing TD in a regular-season game…At Detroit (Nov. 24): Posted two tackles (one solo) and his third sack of the season. On the sack, lined up on the nose and fought past RG Stephen Peterman, chasing QB Matthew Stafford forward into the pocket and dropping him for a 3-yard loss. Also appeared on offense for the second consecutive week, seeing time in the backfield on consecutive goal-line plays in the third quarter. Threw an excellent lead block on LB Stephen Tulloch to pave the way for FB John Kuhn to score a 1-yard TD, capping an 11-play, 77-yard drive…At N.Y. Giants (Dec. 4): Started in his home state and finished with two tackles (one solo) and his first career fumble recovery. Alertly picked up a ball that had been jarred loose following a Matthews sack, but was believed to have been an incomplete pass. Replay reviews showed QB Eli Manning’s arm had not come forward with the ball and the possession was awarded to the Packers.

2010: Started all 16 contests at NT, the only Packer on the defensive line to open every game…Paced the line with a career-high 66 tackles (36 solo), and his career-best 6½ sacks led all NFL nose tackles…Four of his sacks came in the final five regular-season contests…Selected as a Pro Bowl alternate and was named to USA Today’s All-Joe Team, which salutes unheralded players…Earned All-NFC recognition from Pro Football Weekly…Also started all four playoff games and posted 12 tackles (six solo), a sack, two passes defensed and an INT returned for a TD…At Philadelphia (Sept. 12): With the Packers down to three healthy defensive linemen, led the group with 58 snaps. Posted three solo stops and a sack, coming up big on back-to-back plays in the second quarter. Stuffed a run by FB Leonard Weaver for no gain, and then followed that up by beating RG Nick Cole to the inside and fighting off C Jamaal Jackson to drop QB Kevin Kolb for a 9-yard loss…Vs. Detroit (Oct. 3): Recorded two tackles (one solo), a sack, a QB hit and a pressure. Threw QB Shaun Hill to the turf for a 9-yard sack on Detroit’s first play from scrimmage…At Washington (Oct. 10): Registered six tackles (three solo) and a half-sack, combining with Matthews in the second quarter to dump QB Donovan McNabb for a 7-yard loss. Helped the defense limit the Redskins to just 51 rushing yards on 21 carries (2.4 avg.)…Vs. Miami (Oct. 17): Posted a career-high eight tackles (seven solo) and a pass defensed…At N.Y. Jets (Oct. 31): New Jersey native played in his home state for the first time, helping limit RBs LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene to just 76 yards on 22 carries (3.5 avg.). Was matched up with three-time Pro Bowl C Nick Mangold and forced him into committing two penalties…Vs. San Francisco (Dec. 5): Recorded four tackles (two solo), a sack, a QB hit and a pressure. Crashed through a pair of blockers to sack QB Troy Smith for a 6-yard loss in the fourth quarter…At New England (Dec. 19): Turned in one of the finest games of his career in a return to the region where he played as a collegian. Posted six tackles (five solo), a career-best two sacks, two QB hits and a pressure in Sunday night contest. Used an upfield rush to walk Pro Bowl G Logan Mankins back before shedding him to sack QB Tom Brady for a 7-yard loss in the first quarter. On a third-and-9 late in the third quarter, shot between Mankins and C Dan Koppen before overpowering RB Danny Woodhead en route to sacking Brady for a 10-yard loss…Vs. N.Y. Giants (Dec. 26): Registered four tackles (three solo), a sack, a QB hit and two pressures. Brought Manning down for a 5-yard loss in the third quarter…At Atlanta (NFC Divisional, Jan. 15): Posted two tackles (one solo), a sack, a QB hit and a pressure, helping limit Pro Bowl RB Michael Turner to just 39 yards on 10 carries (3.9 avg.). Appeared on offense for the first time as part of “Elephant” goal-line formation that also featured an extra offensive lineman (G T.J. Lang). Lined up in the backfield next to FB Quinn Johnson and in front of Kuhn, clearing out the right side as he blocked LB Mike Peterson to clear a hole for Kuhn to score on a 1-yard run. Early in the fourth quarter, used an outside rush to blow past LG Justin Blalock and wrapped up QB Matt Ryan, his former college teammate, for a 10-yard sack, his first career sack in the postseason…At Chicago (NFC Championship, Jan. 23): Made perhaps the game’s biggest play in the fourth quarter, intercepting QB Caleb Hanie and rumbling 18 yards for a TD to give Green Bay a 21-7 lead in eventual 21-14 win. With less than seven minutes remaining, dropped into coverage out of a dime-personnel grouping as CB Sam Shields blitzed from the outside. Stepped in front of a short pass intended for RB Matt Forté and sprinted to the end zone, beating Hanie across the goal line for the TD that proved to be the difference in the game. Became the first defensive lineman in franchise playoff history to post an INT for a score and the first NFL defensive lineman to do so since Jacksonville’s Clyde Simmons (Dec. 28, 1996). Also posted three tackles (two solo), four QB hits and two QB pressures…Vs. Pittsburgh (Super Bowl XLV, Feb. 6): Played nearly twice as many snaps as any other defensive lineman, appearing on 60 plays. Credited with two assisted tackles, four pressures and a QB hit, as he created a consistent disruption in the middle of the pocket for QB Ben Roethlisberger.

2009: Played in 14 games with one start, seeing most of his time at both end spots and as a down lineman in nickel…Also appeared in team’s playoff contest…Named to the Pro Football Weekly/PFWA All-Rookie team…Saw increased time at NT in the final four games of the season with Ryan Pickett battling a hamstring injury…Registered 36 tackles (24 solo) and a sack on the season…Part of top-ranked rushing defense in the NFL (a franchise-record 83.3 yards per game), the first time in team history that the Packers finished No. 1 in the league against the run…Inactive for first two games of the season, vs. Chicago (Sept. 13) and vs. Cincinnati (Sept. 20), due to sprained ankle sustained in preseason finale at Tennessee (Sept. 3)…Signed with the team on Aug. 14 after missing the first two weeks of camp, and practiced for the first time on Aug. 17…At St. Louis (Sept. 27): Made NFL debut, seeing time at LDE, and posted an assisted tackle…Vs. Detroit (Oct. 18): Combined with Matthews to bring RB Kevin Smith down for a 1-yard loss on a fourth-and-1 run late in the first quarter. Saw limited action before tweaking his ankle in the third quarter, and did not return (coach’s decision)…Vs. San Francisco (Nov. 22): Posted first career sack, bringing down QB Alex Smith for a 1-yard loss early in the second quarter…At Detroit (Nov. 26): Registered three tackles (two solo), including one for a loss. Broke through up the middle to put a huge hit on Smith for a 4-yard loss in the second quarter. Posted his first career pass defensed, batting down a Stafford pass later in the quarter…At Chicago (Dec. 13): Saw most significant action of the season at NT with Pickett inactive (hamstring), and posted two solo tackles and a QB pressure…At Pittsburgh (Dec. 20): Didn’t start as team opened in nickel, but played his most snaps of the season as he worked at NT and as a down lineman in nickel. Matched season high with four tackles (one solo) and added a QB pressure…Vs. Seattle (Dec. 27): Started the first game of his career, opening at NT in place of an injured Pickett (hamstring). Recorded three tackles (two solo), including a stop of RB Julius Jones for a 4-yard loss late in the third quarter…2009 Draft: Selected with the No. 9 overall pick, just the franchise’s third top-10 draft selection in the previous 17 years. Became the 15th player drafted by the Packers out of Boston College and the second in four years, joining CB Will Blackmon (2006, D4b). Also joined OL Bob Hyland as a fellow BC product selected with the No. 9 overall pick by the Packers (1967). Became only the second BC defensive player selected in the top 10, joining DE Mike Mamula (1995, Philadelphia, No. 7 overall).

COLLEGE: A three-year starter for the Eagles, posted 105 tackles (59 solo), 12½ sacks, 32½ tackles for loss, and nine passes defensed during his career…Nearly one-third of his tackles (32½ of 105, 31 percent) were behind the line of scrimmage…Graduated with a degree in sociology…Senior season (2008): Was named first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference, totaling a team-high eight sacks and 16 tackles for loss among 42 total tackles (22 solo) while starting all 13 games…Also batted down five passes…Received several All-American honors – second team by Rivals.com, third team by The Associated Press and Scout.com, and honorable mention from Pro Football Weekly and SI.com…Became the first DT to lead the Eagles in sacks since Mike Ruth in 1985…Received the Mary M. and William H. Sullivan Jr. ’37 scholarship…Led a defense that ranked seventh in the nation in run defense, allowing just 91.2 yards per game on the ground…Posted two sacks on back-to-back plays at Wake Forest (Nov. 22)…Finished his career with five tackles (tying his career high of four solo), including three for loss, one sack and one deflected pass in Music City Bowl vs. Vanderbilt (Dec. 31)…Redshirt season (2007): Redshirted due to academic ineligibility…On the eve of the season opener, found out about a clerical error by an academic advisor in the calculation of his credits…Spent the season practicing on the scout team…Junior season (2006): Started all 12 games and received second-team All-ACC honors…Posted 23 tackles (16 solo), 8½ tackles for loss, three sacks, one forced fumble and three batted passes…Sophomore season (2005): Started all 12 games and recorded 27 tackles (20 solo), 6½ tackles for loss, 1½ sacks and one batted pass…Established collegiate high of six tackles (three solo), including one tackle for loss, vs. Wake Forest (Oct. 15)…Freshman season (2004): Worked his way into the DT rotation as a true freshman and posted 13 tackles (six solo) with 1½ tackles for loss.

PERSONAL: Given name Busari Raji Jr. …Last name is pronounced RAH-jee…Nicknamed B.J. …Born in New York City…Single…Brother, Corey, played basketball at Boston College and has split the last two seasons playing professionally in both Luxembourg and France...Appeared in ESPN promotional ads for the 2011 ESPY Awards, pitted in a fictional dance-off against John Wall of the NBA’s Washington Wizards…Also appeared opposite teammates Matthews and Rodgers in national State Farm advertisements, featuring his trademark dance move…Parents, Mamie and Busari Sr., are Pentecostal ministers…High school: An all-state, all-North Jersey and all-county honoree as a senior at Westwood Regional High (Washington Township, N.J.), when he recorded 75 tackles, 7½ sacks and four forced fumbles…A three-year starter at both G and DT, was a two-time All-Bergen County Scholastic League selection…Was selected to play in the 2004 Governor’s Bowl, which pits the top seniors in New Jersey against those from New York…Was part of a state championship team as a freshman in 2000, and also lettered in basketball his freshman and sophomore years…Community involvement: Participated in the “Pro vs. GI Joe” event, playing an Xbox game against a solider overseas; also spent time with soldier’s family and local military in attendance…Coached youth football and youth basketball in New Jersey...Hobbies/interests: Enjoys playing video games and watching movies, naming Life as his favorite film...Has also recently learned how to play different card games and calls himself an aspiring poker shark…Has an appreciation for the history of the NFL and enjoys meeting former players and contributors…Also has an interest in player personnel and has expressed a desire to potentially pursue the field following his playing career…Residence: Washington Township, N.J.

  • Last name is pronounced RAH-jee.
  • Earned his first bid to the Pro Bowl in 2011, becoming the first Green Bay defensive tackle since Bob Brown in 1972 to be voted to the all-star team.
  • Has played in 53 games since 2010 (including playoffs), tied for the fourth most in the NFL by a defensive lineman over that span.
  • Led all NFL nose tackles with 6½ sacks in 2010, the most recorded by a nose tackle since Minnesota’s Ken Clarke posted seven in 1990 (according to STATS LLC).
  • With an 18-yard INT return for a touchdown at Chicago in the NFC Championship Game, became the first defensive lineman in franchise playoff history to post an INT for a score and the first NFL defensive lineman to do so in the postseason since Jacksonville’s Clyde Simmons (Dec. 28, 1996).
  • Named to the Pro Football Weekly/PFWA All-Rookie team in 2009, the first Packers defensive lineman to be selected since DE Vonnie Holliday in 1998.
  • Was a first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection in 2008, when he became the first Boston College DT to lead his team in sacks (eight) in 23 years.
  • Nearly one-third (32½ of 105, 31 percent) of his tackles in college were behind the line of scrimmage.


Pro Highlights:

  • Has emerged as one of the top players in the league at his position over the past three seasons, and earned his first trip to the Pro Bowl in 2011, the first Packers defensive tackle since Bob Brown in 1972 to receive the honor.
  • Earned Pro Bowl alternate status for his performance in 2012 after starting all 14 games in which he appeared and posting 46 tackles (26 solo) and a pass defensed.
  • Started all 16 games for the second consecutive year in 2011 (joining S Morgan Burnett as the only two Green Bay defensive players to do so in 2011), and registered 43 tackles (19 solo), three sacks, three passes defensed and a fumble recovery.
  • Was named a Pro Bowl alternate in 2010 and was selected to USA Today’s All-Joe Team, which honors unheralded players in the league, while also earning All-NFC honors from Pro Football Weekly.
  • Led all NFL nose tackles with 6½ sacks in 2010, the most recorded by a NT since Minnesota’s Ken Clarke posted seven in 1990 (according to STATS LLC) and was the only Green Bay defensive lineman to open every game, posting a career-high 66 tackles (36 solo).
  • Added 12 tackles, a sack, two passes defensed and an interception in the 2010 postseason, highlighted by an 18-yard INT return for a score at Chicago in the NFC Championship Game that put Green Bay up 21-7 in the eventual 21-14 victory.
  • Played in 14 games with one start as a rookie in ’09 and was named to the Pro Football Weekly/PFWA All-Rookie team, becoming the first Green Bay defensive lineman to earn the recognition since DE Vonnie Holliday in 1998.
  • Was part of a defensive-line rotation that year that helped the Packers lead the NFL in run defense for the first time in franchise history, allowing a team-record 83.3 yards per game.
  • Rookie campaign got off to a slow start when he didn’t sign a contract until Aug. 14, which caused him to miss the first two weeks of practice. Sprained his ankle in the preseason finale at Tennessee (Sept. 3), which sidelined him for the first two regular-season games.


2012 SEASON
: Started all 14 games in which he appeared, missing a pair of contests in the first half of the season following an ankle injury suffered at Indianapolis in Week 5 (Oct. 7)…Snapped a streak of 57 consecutive games played (including playoffs) dating back to Weeks 1-2 of his rookie season in 2009…Posted 46 tackles (26 solo) and a pass defensed during the regular season, and was named an alternate for the Pro Bowl…Also started both playoff contests, tallying five tackles (two solo)…At Seattle (Sept. 24): Finished with six tackles (two solo), helping to key a run defense that limited standout RB Marshawn Lynch to a 3.9-yard average on 25 carries during the game…At Indianapolis (Oct. 5): Started and appeared on the first 15 defensive snaps. Rolled his ankle while engaged in a block in the second quarter and did not return...Vs. Jacksonville (Oct. 28): Returned to action after missing the previous two games. Started at NT and led the defensive line by appearing on 52 plays, tallying three tackles (one solo). Helped limit the Jacksonville rushing attack to 62 yards on 20 attempts (3.1 avg.), including just 16 in the second half...Vs. Detroit (Dec. 2): Posted a season-high eight tackles (five solo), his highest output in that department since he recorded the same number vs. Miami in Week 6 of 2010…At Chicago (Dec. 16): Turned in yet another active performance against both the run and pass, appearing on 43 plays and recording three tackles (two solo), three pressures and a QB hit. Forced a tackle for loss on Chicago’s second possession when he slipped into the backfield between G James Brown and T J’Marcus Webb, pushing RB Matt Forté into the arms of LB Clay Matthews for a 3-yard loss. Also drew a holding call against G Gabe Carimi that wiped out a 7-yard gain by Forté late in the second quarter…At Minnesota (Dec. 30): Delivered a strong individual performance against the Vikings’ vaunted rushing attack, finishing with five solo tackles (including two for loss) and two pressures. One of his tackles for loss came in the first quarter when he dropped RB Adrian Peterson in the backfield for a 2-yard loss. Had another one in the fourth quarter when he dragged Peterson down for a 1-yard loss behind the line…Vs. Minnesota (NFC Wild Card, Jan. 5): Had another solid outing as part of a defense that effectively limited Peterson (22 carries, 99 yards, 4.5 avg.) and held the Vikings in check while the Packers mounted a 24-3 lead over the first three quarters. Posted two tackles (one solo), two pressures and a QB hit.               

2011: Earned his first career trip to the Pro Bowl, becoming the first Green Bay DT since Brown in 1972 to earn the acclaim…Started all 16 games for the second consecutive season…Joined Burnett as the only two players on defense to start every game…Finished with 43 tackles (19 solo), three sacks, three passes defensed and his first career fumble recovery…Also saw his role in the goal-line offense continue to evolve as he was given his first career carry and scored a TD on the play…Vs. New Orleans (Sept. 8): Started and displayed his impressive physical conditioning by appearing on 67 of the unit’s 76 defensive plays. Credited with four tackles (three solo) and a pass defensed. Was also part of the goal-line stand at the end of the game, pushing forward inside of G Jahri Evans to force RB Mark Ingram outside and into the grasp of Matthews and Burnett, short of the goal line as time expired…At Carolina (Sept. 18): Started and made four tackles (three solo, one for loss) and his first sack of the young season. On the sack, clubbed his way past LG Travelle Wharton, beating him up the field and tripping up QB Cam Newton for a 12-yard loss…At Minnesota (Oct. 23): Led the defensive line with six tackles (two solo) and a sack. Saw his second sack of the season come when he chased QB Christian Ponder out of bounds for a zero-yard sack. Also drew a holding call against C Joe Berger on a fourth-quarter play that negated a 7-yard scramble by Ponder…Vs. Tampa Bay (Nov. 20): Credited with an assisted tackle and a pass defensed. Personal highlight of the game came on the offensive side of the ball, when he lined up in the backfield on a second-and-goal from the 1-yard line on the 15th play of the Packers’ opening possession. Took a handoff from QB Aaron Rodgers and surged forward for a 1-yard TD to put the Packers ahead 7-0, the first offensive TD of his career. With the TD, became just the fourth NFL DL since the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 to score a rushing TD in a regular-season game…At Detroit (Nov. 24): Posted two tackles (one solo) and his third sack of the season. On the sack, lined up on the nose and fought past RG Stephen Peterman, chasing QB Matthew Stafford forward into the pocket and dropping him for a 3-yard loss. Also appeared on offense for the second consecutive week, seeing time in the backfield on consecutive goal-line plays in the third quarter. Threw an excellent lead block on LB Stephen Tulloch to pave the way for FB John Kuhn to score a 1-yard TD, capping an 11-play, 77-yard drive…At N.Y. Giants (Dec. 4): Started in his home state and finished with two tackles (one solo) and his first career fumble recovery. Alertly picked up a ball that had been jarred loose following a Matthews sack, but was believed to have been an incomplete pass. Replay reviews showed QB Eli Manning’s arm had not come forward with the ball and the possession was awarded to the Packers.

2010: Started all 16 contests at NT, the only Packer on the defensive line to open every game…Paced the line with a career-high 66 tackles (36 solo), and his career-best 6½ sacks led all NFL nose tackles…Four of his sacks came in the final five regular-season contests…Selected as a Pro Bowl alternate and was named to USA Today’s All-Joe Team, which salutes unheralded players…Earned All-NFC recognition from Pro Football Weekly…Also started all four playoff games and posted 12 tackles (six solo), a sack, two passes defensed and an INT returned for a TD…At Philadelphia (Sept. 12): With the Packers down to three healthy defensive linemen, led the group with 58 snaps. Posted three solo stops and a sack, coming up big on back-to-back plays in the second quarter. Stuffed a run by FB Leonard Weaver for no gain, and then followed that up by beating RG Nick Cole to the inside and fighting off C Jamaal Jackson to drop QB Kevin Kolb for a 9-yard loss…Vs. Detroit (Oct. 3): Recorded two tackles (one solo), a sack, a QB hit and a pressure. Threw QB Shaun Hill to the turf for a 9-yard sack on Detroit’s first play from scrimmage…At Washington (Oct. 10): Registered six tackles (three solo) and a half-sack, combining with Matthews in the second quarter to dump QB Donovan McNabb for a 7-yard loss. Helped the defense limit the Redskins to just 51 rushing yards on 21 carries (2.4 avg.)…Vs. Miami (Oct. 17): Posted a career-high eight tackles (seven solo) and a pass defensed…At N.Y. Jets (Oct. 31): New Jersey native played in his home state for the first time, helping limit RBs LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene to just 76 yards on 22 carries (3.5 avg.). Was matched up with three-time Pro Bowl C Nick Mangold and forced him into committing two penalties…Vs. San Francisco (Dec. 5): Recorded four tackles (two solo), a sack, a QB hit and a pressure. Crashed through a pair of blockers to sack QB Troy Smith for a 6-yard loss in the fourth quarter…At New England (Dec. 19): Turned in one of the finest games of his career in a return to the region where he played as a collegian. Posted six tackles (five solo), a career-best two sacks, two QB hits and a pressure in Sunday night contest. Used an upfield rush to walk Pro Bowl G Logan Mankins back before shedding him to sack QB Tom Brady for a 7-yard loss in the first quarter. On a third-and-9 late in the third quarter, shot between Mankins and C Dan Koppen before overpowering RB Danny Woodhead en route to sacking Brady for a 10-yard loss…Vs. N.Y. Giants (Dec. 26): Registered four tackles (three solo), a sack, a QB hit and two pressures. Brought Manning down for a 5-yard loss in the third quarter…At Atlanta (NFC Divisional, Jan. 15): Posted two tackles (one solo), a sack, a QB hit and a pressure, helping limit Pro Bowl RB Michael Turner to just 39 yards on 10 carries (3.9 avg.). Appeared on offense for the first time as part of “Elephant” goal-line formation that also featured an extra offensive lineman (G T.J. Lang). Lined up in the backfield next to FB Quinn Johnson and in front of Kuhn, clearing out the right side as he blocked LB Mike Peterson to clear a hole for Kuhn to score on a 1-yard run. Early in the fourth quarter, used an outside rush to blow past LG Justin Blalock and wrapped up QB Matt Ryan, his former college teammate, for a 10-yard sack, his first career sack in the postseason…At Chicago (NFC Championship, Jan. 23): Made perhaps the game’s biggest play in the fourth quarter, intercepting QB Caleb Hanie and rumbling 18 yards for a TD to give Green Bay a 21-7 lead in eventual 21-14 win. With less than seven minutes remaining, dropped into coverage out of a dime-personnel grouping as CB Sam Shields blitzed from the outside. Stepped in front of a short pass intended for RB Matt Forté and sprinted to the end zone, beating Hanie across the goal line for the TD that proved to be the difference in the game. Became the first defensive lineman in franchise playoff history to post an INT for a score and the first NFL defensive lineman to do so since Jacksonville’s Clyde Simmons (Dec. 28, 1996). Also posted three tackles (two solo), four QB hits and two QB pressures…Vs. Pittsburgh (Super Bowl XLV, Feb. 6): Played nearly twice as many snaps as any other defensive lineman, appearing on 60 plays. Credited with two assisted tackles, four pressures and a QB hit, as he created a consistent disruption in the middle of the pocket for QB Ben Roethlisberger.

2009: Played in 14 games with one start, seeing most of his time at both end spots and as a down lineman in nickel…Also appeared in team’s playoff contest…Named to the Pro Football Weekly/PFWA All-Rookie team…Saw increased time at NT in the final four games of the season with Ryan Pickett battling a hamstring injury…Registered 36 tackles (24 solo) and a sack on the season…Part of top-ranked rushing defense in the NFL (a franchise-record 83.3 yards per game), the first time in team history that the Packers finished No. 1 in the league against the run…Inactive for first two games of the season, vs. Chicago (Sept. 13) and vs. Cincinnati (Sept. 20), due to sprained ankle sustained in preseason finale at Tennessee (Sept. 3)…Signed with the team on Aug. 14 after missing the first two weeks of camp, and practiced for the first time on Aug. 17…At St. Louis (Sept. 27): Made NFL debut, seeing time at LDE, and posted an assisted tackle…Vs. Detroit (Oct. 18): Combined with Matthews to bring RB Kevin Smith down for a 1-yard loss on a fourth-and-1 run late in the first quarter. Saw limited action before tweaking his ankle in the third quarter, and did not return (coach’s decision)…Vs. San Francisco (Nov. 22): Posted first career sack, bringing down QB Alex Smith for a 1-yard loss early in the second quarter…At Detroit (Nov. 26): Registered three tackles (two solo), including one for a loss. Broke through up the middle to put a huge hit on Smith for a 4-yard loss in the second quarter. Posted his first career pass defensed, batting down a Stafford pass later in the quarter…At Chicago (Dec. 13): Saw most significant action of the season at NT with Pickett inactive (hamstring), and posted two solo tackles and a QB pressure…At Pittsburgh (Dec. 20): Didn’t start as team opened in nickel, but played his most snaps of the season as he worked at NT and as a down lineman in nickel. Matched season high with four tackles (one solo) and added a QB pressure…Vs. Seattle (Dec. 27): Started the first game of his career, opening at NT in place of an injured Pickett (hamstring). Recorded three tackles (two solo), including a stop of RB Julius Jones for a 4-yard loss late in the third quarter…2009 Draft: Selected with the No. 9 overall pick, just the franchise’s third top-10 draft selection in the previous 17 years. Became the 15th player drafted by the Packers out of Boston College and the second in four years, joining CB Will Blackmon (2006, D4b). Also joined OL Bob Hyland as a fellow BC product selected with the No. 9 overall pick by the Packers (1967). Became only the second BC defensive player selected in the top 10, joining DE Mike Mamula (1995, Philadelphia, No. 7 overall).

COLLEGE: A three-year starter for the Eagles, posted 105 tackles (59 solo), 12½ sacks, 32½ tackles for loss, and nine passes defensed during his career…Nearly one-third of his tackles (32½ of 105, 31 percent) were behind the line of scrimmage…Graduated with a degree in sociology…Senior season (2008): Was named first-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference, totaling a team-high eight sacks and 16 tackles for loss among 42 total tackles (22 solo) while starting all 13 games…Also batted down five passes…Received several All-American honors – second team by Rivals.com, third team by The Associated Press and Scout.com, and honorable mention from Pro Football Weekly and SI.com…Became the first DT to lead the Eagles in sacks since Mike Ruth in 1985…Received the Mary M. and William H. Sullivan Jr. ’37 scholarship…Led a defense that ranked seventh in the nation in run defense, allowing just 91.2 yards per game on the ground…Posted two sacks on back-to-back plays at Wake Forest (Nov. 22)…Finished his career with five tackles (tying his career high of four solo), including three for loss, one sack and one deflected pass in Music City Bowl vs. Vanderbilt (Dec. 31)…Redshirt season (2007): Redshirted due to academic ineligibility…On the eve of the season opener, found out about a clerical error by an academic advisor in the calculation of his credits…Spent the season practicing on the scout team…Junior season (2006): Started all 12 games and received second-team All-ACC honors…Posted 23 tackles (16 solo), 8½ tackles for loss, three sacks, one forced fumble and three batted passes…Sophomore season (2005): Started all 12 games and recorded 27 tackles (20 solo), 6½ tackles for loss, 1½ sacks and one batted pass…Established collegiate high of six tackles (three solo), including one tackle for loss, vs. Wake Forest (Oct. 15)…Freshman season (2004): Worked his way into the DT rotation as a true freshman and posted 13 tackles (six solo) with 1½ tackles for loss.

PERSONAL: Given name Busari Raji Jr. …Last name is pronounced RAH-jee…Nicknamed B.J. …Born in New York City…Single…Brother, Corey, played basketball at Boston College and has split the last two seasons playing professionally in both Luxembourg and France...Appeared in ESPN promotional ads for the 2011 ESPY Awards, pitted in a fictional dance-off against John Wall of the NBA’s Washington Wizards…Also appeared opposite teammates Matthews and Rodgers in national State Farm advertisements, featuring his trademark dance move…Parents, Mamie and Busari Sr., are Pentecostal ministers…High school: An all-state, all-North Jersey and all-county honoree as a senior at Westwood Regional High (Washington Township, N.J.), when he recorded 75 tackles, 7½ sacks and four forced fumbles…A three-year starter at both G and DT, was a two-time All-Bergen County Scholastic League selection…Was selected to play in the 2004 Governor’s Bowl, which pits the top seniors in New Jersey against those from New York…Was part of a state championship team as a freshman in 2000, and also lettered in basketball his freshman and sophomore years…Community involvement: Participated in the “Pro vs. GI Joe” event, playing an Xbox game against a solider overseas; also spent time with soldier’s family and local military in attendance…Coached youth football and youth basketball in New Jersey...Hobbies/interests: Enjoys playing video games and watching movies, naming Life as his favorite film...Has also recently learned how to play different card games and calls himself an aspiring poker shark…Has an appreciation for the history of the NFL and enjoys meeting former players and contributors…Also has an interest in player personnel and has expressed a desire to potentially pursue the field following his playing career…Residence: Washington Township, N.J.