The Green Bay Packers’ BJ Raji hails from the unexciting Bergen County, New Jersey town of Washington Township. It was at Westwood High School there, where Raji saw his first taste of organized football. Before showing up for the first day of freshman football practice, Raji had only played football with his friends in the street. He had no idea how to even get into a proper 3-point stance.
But Raji quickly opened some eyes at the very first practice. Almost 300 lbs at that time, Raji was beating the teams’ running backs in foot races. The coaches didn’t really know what they had, but they knew he was going to be playing. the photo on the right is BJ Raji as a senior in High School.
There are more such insights into the pre – “Do the Raji” Busari in an article written in the local NJ newspaper here, the Bergen Record. Record reporter Art Stapelton does a fine job looking back at the early days, even talking to his high school football coach, Joe Gambardella, who coincidentally, I played High School football with in the early 70s.
Definitely a worthwhile read.——————
Jersey Al Bracco is the founder and editor of AllGreenBayPackers.com, and the co-founder of Packers Talk Radio Network. He can be heard as one of the Co-Hosts on Cheesehead Radio and is the Green Bay Packers Draft Analyst for Drafttek.com.