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Rod Marinelli Names Team Captains

The 2006 season is set to kickoff very soon, and with that comes the naming of the team captains. Each year, the best leaders from the offense, defense, and special teams are voted by their peers, the players and coaches, to represent the Lions. This season, five players were voted to be a captain, and they all deserve it greatly.

Your 2006 Lions captains are as follows: quarterback Jon Kitna and center Dominic Raiola on offense, defensive tackle James Hall and cornerback Dré Bly on defense, and Donté Curry on special teams.

Rod Marinelli feels very strongly about having leaders that can lift up your team no matter what the circumstance, and he voiced that yesterday when making the official announcement of just who the captains were.

"The reason I wanted a chance to visit with you right now is to announce our captains. I'm very proud of it. We took a vote last week and it was the vote of the team and each staff member. It's something I believe in very strongly, and my background has been that. They did a great job - the team chose these men - it's the team's responsibility. Once you choose these men, there's fellowship on their part, and they put these men in the position of leadership. There's responsibility; tremendous responsibility goes when you're a season captain. Ups and downs - still got to be a captain, if you're injured - still got to be a captain - nobody's in the tank. The men they've chosen, I was tickled to death with. Could have been other guys too. Those are great men - their work habits and all of those things."

As Marinelli said, something important when naming the captains is to find players who will never let a team give up. It doesn't matter if the score is a blowout going against you or in your favor, the captains always have to be there to lead the team. No matter the situation, a captain has to show leadership by never letting his head stay down too long. And with the Lions, that will definitely be an important trait.

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