Bills DT Marcell Dareus had a 2012 season off the field that he’d like to forget. Losing his younger brother in a triple homicide would be difficult for anyone. Now imagine having lost your father at age 6, grandmother at age 13, high school coach and mentor at 18, best friend to cancer at 19 and mother to congestive heart failure at 20 before the latest tragedy. It’s no wonder Dareus’ play on the field suffered last season. But late last season Dareus decided to put it behind him. Now he can’t wait to start fresh in 2013.
“It was a lot going on,” said Dareus of what life was like in the wake of his younger brother’s death. ”People that didn’t know me didn’t know my family and my family situations and I still have to go home and face them and talk to them. I’m still second to the youngest and I still have to play my role and my due diligence with what I have to do back home.
“There was a lot going on and trying to handle myself and then still come out here and handle my responsibilities with the team and be the player they want me to be and do the best I can to uphold the Bills logo and the Bills organization. And I was only 22-years old so it was a lot to handle and I didn’t have anybody that I could really talk to and it took a lot out of me. I still had to come out here and play and give my all knowing that my mind wasn’t really there like I wanted it to.
Toward the end of the season I caught myself and started playing the game and started having fun again and it all came around.”
Dareus feels he has wiped the slate clean. He has a new outlook on life and the game he loves to play.
“I’m really excited,” he said. “I prayed on it and prayed on it and prayed on it and came to an agreement that I’m going to just have fun this year and not have any bumps in the road and just simplify my life and just have fun with football.”
When asked how far he is from the player he was that made him a top three pick, Dareus smiled.
“I’m closer now than I’ve been in a long time to just being that guy,” he said. ”So I’m just waiting and wait until camp is over with and let everything unfold for me.”
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