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Lion's Pride

Saint Louis School alum Dominic Raiola puts his heart and soul into football

By Ed Klajman

Special to the Star-Advertiser


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Nov 27, 2011

~~<p>DETROIT &raquo; This Thanksgiving was supposed to be different for Dominic Raiola. The Saint Louis School alum from Honolulu, who has been a fixture on the Detroit Lions offensive line for the past decade, has endured plenty of holiday misery over the years, including a blowout three years ago when Detroit became the first 0-16 team in NFL history. That was one of seven straight Thanksgiving Day losses from 2004 to 2010 for the hapless Lions &mdash; a streak all too familiar to the 32-year-old, who was a captain on several of those teams.</p>
<p>This season, Raiola finally had a meaningful Thanksgiving Day clash to savor. The Lions, one of the league's surprise playoff contenders, hosted the undefeated and defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers. It was a chance to make a major statement on national television, to show the country just how far the Lions had come.</p>
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DETROIT » This Thanksgiving was supposed to be different for Dominic Raiola. The Saint Louis School alum from Honolulu, who has been a fixture on the Detroit Lions offensive line for the past decade, has endured plenty of holiday misery over the years, including a blowout three years ago when Detroit became the first 0-16 team in NFL history. That was one of seven straight Thanksgiving Day losses from 2004 to 2010 for the hapless Lions — a streak all too familiar to the 32-year-old, who was a captain on several of those teams.

This season, Raiola finally had a meaningful Thanksgiving Day clash to savor. The Lions, one of the league's surprise playoff contenders, hosted the undefeated and defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers. It was a chance to make a major statement on national television, to show the country just how far the Lions had come. Login for more...



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