B.J. Raji announces retirement after seven seasons

The Green Bay Packers have had a pretty defensive front for the last decade or so. For the last seven years, defensive tackle B.J. Raji was a big part of their success up front.

However, Raji’s time in the NFL seems to have come to an end as Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reported that the former first round pick intended to retire.

BREAKING: B.J. Raji plans to retire from football, per source with knowledge of his plans. #Packers are aware of his decision.

— Ryan Wood (@ByRyanWood) March 14, 2016

The Packers drafted Raji in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft along with linebacker Clay Matthews. He has been a big part of their success since then, aside from missing the 2014 season with a torn biceps.

B.J. Raji recorded 11 sacks in his career, including 6.5 in 2010, which helped the team win Super Bowl XLV. He became a household name during that playoff run when he returned an interception 18 yards for a touchdown and broke out his famous dance that resembled the Truffle Shuffle.

He will certainly be missed in the NFL and the Packers will likely be looking for his replacement when the NFL Draft rolls around.

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