Tonawanda News — PITTSFORD — The Buffalo Bills big man, Marcell Dareus, is ready to shed his heavy heart.
The defensive tackle is looking ahead to the season with the intention of returning his focus back to playing football. It’s a conscious approach Dareus is taking after being left an emotional wreck last year following the shooting death of his youngest brother.
“To me, last year never happened,” he said. “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.”
Difficult as it might be, Dareus is ready to move on after his sibling, Simeon Gilmore, was among three people killed during a burglary in a suburb of Birmingham, Ala. It occurred the same weekend Dareus was preparing to open the season.
Dareus left the team to mourn with his family. And it was clear upon his return that he had been left drained by the experience.
He wasn’t the same bubbly person off the field. Rather being someone usually ready to show off his dance moves in the locker room, Dareus mostly avoided eye contact with reporters. And he certainly wasn’t the aggressive dual-purpose pass-rushing/run-stuffing wrecking ball of a player Buffalo hoped for.
“It hit me real low. And it took a lot out of me,” Dareus said. “That’s the first time I went through my season where I didn’t know why. I didn’t know what was going on and why things were happening to me the way they were.
“I really didn’t know how to bounce back.”
This season becomes a fresh start in Dareus’ pursuit to begin realizing the potential the Bills saw in selecting the former Alabama star with the third pick in the 2011 draft.