Bills gotta love Dareus

MIKE GANTER, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:30 PM ET

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — If you didn’t love the Buffalo Bills selection of Marcell Dareus before, two minutes with him the day after would convince anyone the Bills are very, very happy this guy fell to them.

Never mind what this 6-foot-3 1/2, 319 pound behemoth of a man is capable of doing on the football field.

“They want to turn this thing around and get it to another level,” Dareus, the run-stuffing answer to Buddy Nix’s prayers said. “I guess I’m a starting piece to it.”

When asked what kind of financial security a No. 3 pick ensures, you got a really good sense of just how driven Marcell Dareus is. Asked specifically what that kind of money means, Dareus replied, “I can get a house for our own,” he said of his family. “We don’t have to get kicked out or move somewhere else or have a house taken from us. We’ll have one for ourselves.”

Dareus is the second youngest of seven kids from a Birmingham, Ala., family that had never previously known stability, Now, with Dareus as the provider, they will have security.

As he’s been saying since the NFL Combine, he’s been at this since Grade 5 and this is always the role he envisioned. When the call came from Nix and Chan Gailey ending any monetary concerns for everyone in his family, Dareus admitted he did take a minute to savour the moment.

Dareus and his brothers and sisters lost their father when he was six and last May his mother passed away.

It was his mom, Dareus said, who has given him the extraordinary drive he has.

“I remember, I was just a kid, but my mom was on her death bed (one of a number of occasions that happened before she passed) and I went in and said, ‘Momma, why you still fighting?’ She turned over in her bed and said ‘Because I have seven kids. You want I should just give up.’”

Even then, as young as he was, Dareus knew his mother was in some real pain, but she battled through to make it easier for her kids. So when he starts to feel discomfort on the football field, he just shakes it off.

“Being in pain 24 hours a day like my mom was, that’s real pain,” Dareus said. “This (football pain) don’t mean nothin.”

Bills fans can be very excited about this guy. He’s committed, he’s driven, and he’s got the size and talent to make it all work for years to come.


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