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Raji hopes for chance at Super dance

2/1/2011
B.J. Raji didn't gave his impromptu dance in Soldier Field an A-plus. AP Photo/Jim Prisching

ARLINGTON, Texas. -- What can B.J. Raji do for an encore?

"If Big Ben [Roethlisberger] helps me out, will I be ready to dance again? Oh, definitely," Raji said Tuesday from Super Bowl media day at Cowboys Stadium.

Raji, the Green Bay Packers starting nose tackle, was referring to his infamous pick six that came at the expense of Chicago Bears quarterback Caleb Hanie in the NFC Championship Game. With Green Bay clinging to a 14-7 fourth quarter lead, Raji dropped back in zone coverage while cornerback Sam Shields blitzed. Sensing the pressure, Hanie tried to check down and dump the ball off to Matt Forte, but Raji stepped in front of the pass and returned it 18 yards for a touchdown

The Packers won 21-14.

"I kind of play that type of defense to take that underneath route away," Raji said. "I was just surprised the guy actually threw it to me. Most quarterbacks won't throw that pass."

After crossing the goal line, Raji began to move and shake his 337 pound frame in the back corner of the end zone. A memorable celebration indeed.

"I don't have anything planned [for Sunday]," Raji explained. "The last one wasn't planned, so I can't say I have anything planned for this one.

"But I gave the last one an A-plus, man."