Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus went through a very difficult time last year after his younger brother was shot and killed. Now, he is ready to move on with his life and help the Bills win.
“To me, last year never happened,” Dareus said, according to BuffaloBills.com. “I done came to the realization that my little brother is gone. I’ve coped with that. I’ve grieved over it. I got all of it out, and I’m OK now.”
There is no question Buffalo will need Dareus to have a big season if they want to make some noise in the AFC East in 2013. The 23-year-old recorded 39 total tackles, 5.5 sacks and one fumble recovery in 16 games last season. He has worked very hard in the offseason so that he can go above and beyond this year. At this point, the Bills cannot wait to see what the third-year player brings to the table.
Dareus will use everything he has endured to motivate himself to get better. He has seen first-hand how precious life is and not to take it for granted. That is why he is determined to keep getting better and better so that he can be the best player he knows he is capable of being.
“I have a lot to prove to myself,” Dareus said, according to BuffaloBills.com. “Of course, I’ve had a couple of bumps and bruises in the road. But at the same time, I’ve overcome them. I’m just focusing in on this year, getting better, and being the best player that I can be.”
As good as his numbers were the past two seasons, Dareus knows it is time to step up his game and show why the Bills selected him with the third overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.