Dominic Raiola is a center for the Detroit Lions. He’s a 12-year starter and serves as the anchor of the offensive line.
Raiola was born on December 30, 1978 in Honolulu Hawaii. At Saint Louis School he played for a team that was undefeated for three years. After his senior year, the team was recognized as the 15th best team in the country.
Raiola was the first freshman in Nebraska school history to start as an offensive lineman in seven years. At the conclusion of a solid college career, Raiola earned the Dave Rimington Trophy awarded to the best center in the NCAA as a unanimous All-American.
The Detroit Lions selected Raiola in the second round of the 2001 NFL Draft. As the 50th overall pick, he was the highest selected among centers since Dave Rimington, who was selected 25th overall by the Cincinnati Bengals in 1983.
After watching from the sidelines as a rookie, Raiola has held his position as a center for the Lions for more than a decade. Injuries haven’t been a problem for the majority of his professional career; he’s only missed four games since becoming a starter. He’s currently ninth among active players in games started with 188 starts. He’s embodied consistency as player personnel has been a revolving door for the Lions over the past few decades.
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