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Detroit Free Press Aug 28, 2014

Lions' Raiola recalls being 'terrified' of getting cut

Dominic Raiola has never been in danger of being a cut-day casualty, but he can still empathize with what some of his teammates will be going through this weekend.
Detroit Lions – Five funny moments from kickoff lunch

Detroit Lions – Five funny moments from kickoff lunch

DETROIT — Five things that cracked me up at Wednesday’s Detroit Lions Kickoff Lunch at Ford Field: – Matthew Stafford, who played at Georgia, had a quick reply to an audience question about how long it took him to get used to the fact he was throwing to a guy (Calvin Johnson) from Georgia Tech: “About one practice.’’ — Dominic Raiola’s Hawaiian shirt. Most of the players were dressed business casual and so was Raiola, but the shirt was a stand-out and it was mentioned by Rob Sims when he answered a fan question about best dressed player on the offensive line. He named...
Detroit News Aug 26, 2014

Lions' reliable Dominic Raiola driven to excel

As a second-round pick, Lions center Dominic Raiola wasn't in danger of being cut during his first training camp in 2001. That doesn't mean he wasn't worried.
Detroit Lions Dominic Raiola thought he was going to be cut as a rookie

Detroit Lions Dominic Raiola thought he was going to be cut as a rookie

ALLEN PARK — The final roster cuts are due on Saturday and while several Lions are secure, many of them can sympathize with those on the bubble. Fourteen years ago, center Dominic Raiola thought he was going to be cut as a rookie. “I couldn’t play, I couldn’t pass block, I ran the option in college. I was terrified,’’ Raiola said. “I play and practice like that every year. I blew. That’s how I play.’’ He still thinks about it and plays like his job is on the line daily. “I still do it I play like somebody’s standing over me, looking over me every breath I...
Grand Rapids Press Aug 20, 2014
Detroit Lions' Dominic Raiola (and not Ndamukong Suh) named preseason All-Pro by NFL.com

Detroit Lions' Dominic Raiola (and not Ndamukong Suh) named preseason All-Pro by NFL.com

Dominic Raiola has played 13 NFL seasons without so much as a single Pro Bowl nod. And all of the sudden, at age 35, he's a preseason All-Pro?
Detroit Free Press Aug 19, 2014

No joke: Raiola finally recognized as preseason All-Pro

When Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola was told Tuesday he had been named to the preseason All-Pro team by the NFL's website, he responded the only way he could. 'Is that a joke?' he said. 'Are you serious?'
Detroit News Aug 19, 2014

Lions center Dominic Raiola says winning is all that's left

In the past 13 seasons with the Lions, center Dominic Raiola has experienced all the highs and the lows. But the lows far outnumber the highs. He's been around for 12 losing seasons — including the 0-16 debacle in 2008 — but for only one winning season (2011), which concluded with the wild-card loss to the Saints.
Detroit Free Press Aug 19, 2014

Lions' Raiola, Stafford share advice for Johnny Manziel

Dominic Raiola knows a thing or two about middle fingers, so naturally, the Detroit Lions' center had a message for Johnny Manziel after the rookie quarterback was caught flipping the bird on national TV on Monday night. 'Enjoy the FedEx,' Raiola said today. 'That's my thoughts. Enjoy that FedEx package. It ain't pretty. I don't even know what it is yet. Do you know what it is?'
Grand Rapids Press Aug 19, 2014
Detroit Lions' Dominic Raiola to Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel: 'Enjoy that FedEx'

Detroit Lions' Dominic Raiola to Cleveland Browns QB Johnny Manziel: 'Enjoy that FedEx'

Manziel got busted flipping off the Redskins bench during a preseason game on Monday night, something Raiola knows a thing or two about.
Detroit Lions — Dominic Raiola, Giorgio Tavecchio bond over espresso

Detroit Lions — Dominic Raiola, Giorgio Tavecchio bond over espresso

ALLEN PARK — Dominic Raiola, the veteran Detroit Lions center, has found a new coffee buddy this preseason. Giorgio Tavecchio, who is competing to earn the kicking job, has bonded with Raiola in a way most would not imagine for a offensive lineman and a kicker. What is not surprising is there’s a competitive aspect between the two to finding the best beans. “He’s a coffee connoisseur. He is, he really is. He brings his beans from Italy, pretty good,’’ Raiola said. He even has Tavecchio make his coffee now and then. “Good froth, he’s good with that,’’ Raiola...
Detroit Free Press Aug 11, 2014

Lions' Giorgio Tavecchio a 'coffee connoisseur'

If this whole kicking thing doesn't work out, Giorgio Tavecchio could have a second career as a barista. Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola said after practice Monday that he has gotten to know Tavecchio, who's battling Nate Freese for the kicking job, because Taveccio 'makes me my coffee.'
Grand Rapids Press Aug 6, 2014
First-round draft pick Eric Ebron held out of Detroit Lions' practice at Ford Field

First-round draft pick Eric Ebron held out of Detroit Lions' practice at Ford Field

It's unclear why Ebron missed the workout, but the best bet is he's dealing with some kind of injury. While it's common for veterans such as Calvin Johnson and Dominic Raiola to get the occasional rest day, rookies typically go every day.

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