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Frank Ragnow from Lions pays tribute to parents in a press conference on contract extension

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Frank Ragnow’s parents are the focus of Mother’s Day weekend.

Offensive linemen often have a reputation for being evil, barbaric, and violent in the field, but that doesn’t mean they have no human side.

Take Ragnow, for example: The Lions Center cemented its status as one of the best and the worst, but he got very emotional on Friday talking about the impact his mother and father had on him.

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At a press conference, Ragnow, who recently received a four-year $ 54 million contract extension with Detroit, had tears in his eyes as he talked about how much his new pact means to him and his family:

#Lionszentrum Frank Ragnow was suffocated talking about its expansion and what it means for his family. “My father is not here, but I am very excited to take care of my mother because I had an amazing childhood.” @MySportsUpdate pic.twitter.com/MSyR1Gjedl

– Ari Meirov (@AriMeirov) May 7, 2021

I wrote that the goal was to make it into the NFL and take care of my parents. And they are just – my father and my mother – are just my people and I am very grateful to them. My dad is not here but I am very excited to take care of my mom because I had an amazing childhood man and I am just so proud of the way I grew up and how I grew up and my upbringing . In order to give back to my mother, I wish I could give back to my father and go fishing with him and everything, but to be able to give back to my mother and family, that means the world.

Ragnow’s father, Jon, died of a heart attack nearly five years ago when Ragnow was a member of the Arkansas Razorbacks soccer team.

Head coach Bret Bielema and his wife Jen accompanied Frank on a plane to Minnesota after Jon’s death.

Now, on the way to Mother’s Day on May 9, Ragnow can rest assured that he has achieved both goals: To make it – and to stay – in the NFL and to be able to give back to his family.

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Melinda Martin