IRVING, Texas -- We've spent some time wondering if Green Bay Packers nose tackle B.J. Raji would emerge as one of the stars of hype week for Super Bowl XLV. In turn, one Packers coach in particular has worked to prevent it.
"It's my job to keep him on track," Packers defensive line coach Mike Trgovac said. "B.J. made an athletic play on a big stage last week [returning an interception for a touchdown in the NFC Championship Game]. But he needs to make sure he knows all the other things he's supposed to do for us. I said, 'B.J., you're nothing but a fat guy from New Jersey. You're supposed to be a grunt for us. Your job is to do all the little things that a nose tackle does that don't get noticed.' Those are the things that helped us get this far."
Trgovac was laughing as he answered the question, but I don't doubt he said something quite similar this week behind closed doors. Raji has been engaging but, almost by rote, has downplayed the depth of his newfound stardom.
"Especially at [the defensive line] a lot of guys don't get a lot of exposure. It was a good play, a timely play. We needed it, but it was not the play that won the game. One play does not win the game, but it was a big play for us."
Sounds to me like Trgovac got to his man.