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Dominic Raiola: NFL draft felt like someone hitting on my wife

Dominic Raiola, Rob Sims AP

Lions center Dominic Raiola watched the team take center Travis Swanson in the third round of the NFL draft, and he didn’t feel great about it.

“Right when you see it, it’s hard. I mean, you’re human,” Raiola told the Detroit News. “That’s been my position for 12 years. Imagine someone trying to hit on your girlfriend or your wife after dating her for 12 years. It’s hard, but in our business, it’s the reality of it.”

We’ve never heard it put quite that way before, but there’s no question that when you’re a 35-year-old veteran like Raiola, a player at your position being drafted does feel like a strong sign that the team is getting ready to move on from you.

“It’s going to motivate me at some level,” Raiola said. “I don’t know how much more motivation I need. I want to go out on my terms, and I think that’s really the only motivation I need.”

Raiola is expected to hold off Swanson and remain the Lions’ starter, at least this year. But the drafting of Swanson indicates that the marriage between Raiola and the Lions may come to an end next year.

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14 Responses to “Dominic Raiola: NFL draft felt like someone hitting on my wife”
  1. ragelikegronk314 says: May 18, 2014 10:05 AM

    *like someone in the marching band hitting on my wife*

  2. mad55555 says: May 18, 2014 10:07 AM

    12 years a lion?!?! sounds like a movie that took place in the 1800’s oh wait… same difference

  3. staffordcalvinbush says: May 18, 2014 10:09 AM

    It’s not because Raiola is a bad center but moreso because he’s old. Why not get someone else ready? Nobody has labeled the rookie as the starter anyways.

  4. bassplucker says: May 18, 2014 10:09 AM

    Dude, seriously… you’ve been subpar at your position for at least the last 3 years. Be glad you’ve been getting paid to not be good for as long as you already have.

  5. bcdc26 says: May 18, 2014 10:25 AM

    I would think it’s more like watching your wife hit on someone else

  6. mazenblue says: May 18, 2014 10:44 AM

    Is he implying the Swanson is his girlfriend?

  7. 6ball says: May 18, 2014 11:03 AM

    .

    Luckily I work in the private sector where there’s never anyone who can replace you.

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  8. vikinganswer says: May 18, 2014 11:14 AM

    Oh great, another one. A reality show for sure will be coming.

  9. bennyb82 says: May 18, 2014 11:27 AM

    It could be worse…like if no one felt the urge to hit on your wife.

  10. bennyb82 says: May 18, 2014 11:28 AM

    If you lower your salary, your wife will ignore it.

  11. DonKellyBaby says: May 18, 2014 12:11 PM

    The lions should have drafted Gabe Jackson. He is this year’s Larry Warford. Swanson will be a good nfl center when he takes over; however, Jackson will be the better pro.

  12. larryboodry says: May 18, 2014 12:36 PM

    Some people never learn to keep their mouths shut.

  13. purpleguy says: May 18, 2014 2:11 PM

    That’s pretty funny, although I doubt many guys would dare hit on his wife.

  14. calvinthegreat81 says: May 18, 2014 10:56 PM

    Man so many raiola haters! He has def had average years throughout his lions career. But, the last couple he has been legit and been a leader to the young OL players we’ve drafted. OL last year was the best it has been in a decade here. Give him some credit for that…

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