The NFL has a class action lawsuit filed against them regarding concussion-related issues that players found out they had after retirement. Two former Detroit Lions Alex Karras and Lomas Brown have joined the suit and Lem Barney says he wish he never played the game.
Lions center Dominic Raiola has a different mindset about playing in the NFL. Raiola knows that it’s a brutal game and doesn’t have any regrets. He knows what he signed up for and says he wouldn’t think of ever suing the league.
“When you sign up for this job you know what you are getting into,” Raiola said on Tuesday. “Granted, the money is a lot more now, but at the same time, you know you are going to get dinged up. You are hitting almost every play.
“But that’s their prerogative. That’s how they are handling it. I know I’m going to have my day when something is going to happen, whether it be short-term memory loss or whatever. That’s the rigors of this job. That’s why this isn’t for everybody. It takes a unique individual to play this sport.”
The fiery Raiola is a different breed of cat. He’s not worried about his long term health when he’s done playing. This is a person that once invited fans to come over his house and fight him and told Miami Dolphins fans their number one and that they can suck on a certain part of his anatomy.
“Those things are going to come,” he said. “It’s common knowledge people are going to suffer. Memory loss is going to come. I am ready for it. It’s worth it; totally worth it. This is the best job in the world and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
“I don’t know how I could justify suing the league when I am done playing. It’s given me 11 years of fun. I have fun every time I step on the field. That’s what it’s about. I don’t think when I am home in my rocking chair when I am 40 years old that I’ll be thinking about suing the NFL. I am going to be thinking about all the guys I’ve played with and how much I loved playing this game.”
I can understand why he said what he said. But it is the NFL’s responsibility to keep the players safe on the field.
When you watch a Lions game you can see the emotion that Raiola plays with. He’s seen a lot of bad in his time with the Lions and now he’s starting to see a turn around. For his sake hopefully he remembers the good times.
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