B.J. Raji: 2009 NFL Draft Player Profile – The Gravedigger II ?

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Published: March 13, 2009


... Boston College Sports Complex and cried. Just two days before the end of training camp in 2007, he had just been told he was academically ineligible to play football in the 2007 season.

It wasn't because of his grades.  An academic advisor had miscalculated his credits, and through no fault of his own, he was three credits short of the NCAA's requirements. It would become a test of his character, and one that he would pass with an A+.

B.J. Raji grew up in Washington Township, NJ, the oldest of three children. His father had immigrated to the USA from Nigeria and both parents are Pentecostal ministers. B.J., whose real name is Busari, was active in his church, playing drums and tutoring children.

He attended Westwood Regional High School in Bergen County NJ, where besides football, he played basketball for two years. He gave up basketball when he realized "I wasn't going to get any taller, and I wasn't going to be Allen Iverson."

While in h...

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