B.J. Raji, playing off of William Perry’s “refrigerator” nickname in Chicago,
dubbed himself as the “freezer” when entering on offense during a divisional playoff game for the Green Bay Packers last season. Raji only had the chance to block on that occasion.
Sunday, Raji entered on offense again, only this time, with the Packers facing 2nd and goal at the 1, Raji took the handoff from Aaron Rodgers and bulled forward into the endzone for a touchdown. It’s the first touchdown that Raji has scored at any level on offense.
AUDIO: BJ Raji on his 1-yard TD run :11
It’s a play the Packers worked on since training camp and the stars aligned on Sunday for Raji to get his chance.
AUDIO: Mike McCarthy on giving the ball to Raji for a touchdown run :26
QB Aaron Rodgers said Raji didn’t report as an eligible receiver to the officials and the he thought the Packers may have gotten away with something.
AUDIO: Aaron Rodgers on Raji’s TD run :21
As it turned out, the reporting rule only applies to extra linemen when they are used at the line of scrimmage.