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At age 35, Raiola thinks he has more than one year left


Lions center Dominic Raiola signed a one-year contract to stay in Detroit, but he expects to play more than one more year.

The 35-year-old Raiola, who has played his entire 13-year NFL career with the Lions, told the Detroit News that he wants to play at least two more years.

Not a lot of people can say they played 15 years, and that’s a realistic goal for me,” Raiola said. “And I say that very humbly and without getting too far ahead of myself.”

Raiola was a second-round pick of the Lions in 2001, and one of the few Matt Millen draft picks who panned out for Detroit. He had a strong season in 2013 and is now hoping he might finally be a part of a team that can win a playoff game.

“I don’t think anybody that’s on an NFL team is a loser,” Raiola said. “It’s got to change.”

Raiola still thinks he has a couple more years to see things change in Detroit.

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13 Responses to “At age 35, Raiola thinks he has more than one year left”
  1. noeffinway says: Feb 8, 2014 5:52 PM

    This guy has caught a lot of flack over the years from Lion fans. Some of it justified. But you gotta give him props for his game last season! He intentionally came in heavier and had one of the best seasons of any center last season! I just wonder why he didn’t gain the extra weight earlier in his career…

  2. hyzers says: Feb 8, 2014 6:00 PM

    Warford made him look good this year.

  3. ziggystheansah says: Feb 8, 2014 6:08 PM

    Let’s prepare ourselves for TheStrategyExpert’s 3,000 word paragraph on anything Lions-related.

  4. backdapack4evr says: Feb 8, 2014 6:11 PM

    This guy is a bully!!

  5. meatcarroll says: Feb 8, 2014 6:19 PM

    I’m surprised Dominic Areola managed to survive past the 0-16 debacle. Just goes to show you that there are always diamonds in the rough. Cliff Avril and Manny Ramirez were both on that 2008 Lions team and they started in the Super Bowl last Sunday.

  6. hgl25 says: Feb 8, 2014 6:20 PM

    Raiola is a warrior and truly a great teammate and a great guy off of the field. The Lions should be grateful that he still wants to play there.

  7. buffalobills716 says: Feb 8, 2014 6:27 PM

    Why not man?if the body feels good then keep playing until u reached 40?but on some real doe… I respect u for ur loyalty 13 years on one team. Much loves and respect man. #Patriots want to steal him from Lions since they like stealing things include people

  8. mightyoak says: Feb 8, 2014 10:31 PM

    Avril got lucky where he ended up after rejecting a sweet deal deal from Detroit. Ramirez blew the first play of the only Super Bowl he will ever play in. Don’t get it twisted, ever player that has played in a Super Bowl isn’t a diamond in the rough. Raiola had a great year, Warford helped him out and had a great rookie season. But good for Dom. He catches a bad rap from the fan base but is a true competitor.

  9. mattjay0101 says: Feb 8, 2014 10:31 PM


    I can’t stop laughing at the idea of #51 being considered as a warrior! These same diehard slappys are the ones filling the seats at Ford Field game after game while NOTHING changes and sub-par football is expected and excepted.

    Biggest joke in the NFL!

  10. thestrategyexpert says: Feb 9, 2014 12:54 AM

    Probably the only FA the Lions can even bring back. That’s all I had to say.

  11. essentialsausage says: Feb 9, 2014 9:09 AM

    Raiola directly cost the Lions two wins this year. He’s part of a culture of losing and needed to go years ago.

  12. thelionsrgreat says: Feb 9, 2014 9:11 AM

    Most lions fan would rather see this boy play somewhere else. Not a Dan favorite with his stupid behavior.

  13. lovethelions says: Feb 13, 2014 6:11 PM


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