The big news coming out of Buffalo Bills HQ today is that Mr. Big Stuff is back on the practice field. Marcell Dareus recently rejoined the team following his four-game suspension for violation of the NFL’s substance abuse policy and today shed some light on his time away from the field.
While #99 started off his press conference by thanking Bills Hall of Famer’s along with the Pegula’s and the rest of the organization for hanging in there with him, he apparently took it a step further in seeking guidance while serving his suspension.
Just the other day it surfaced that Dareus did not in fact go to rehab as originally stated but instead received treatment for ADHD and also has been speaking with a Life Coach. If that works for him then great as the news wasn’t the biggest surprise given his night out on Chippewa right after making the announcement.
But, it sounds like Dareus is doing all the right things. During his presser he mentioned going down to Virginia and spending some with Bills HOF Defensive End Bruce Smith:
Marcell- spent some time with him in Virginia and got to know Bruce as a person. we had a heart to heart. #Bills
— Chris Brown (@ChrisBrownBills) October 5, 2016
Marcell also said that the NFL’s All-Time sack leader gave him a lot of positive reinforcement and really put things into perspective. I could hear Bruce saying something like “your career only lasts so long, make the most of it.”
Smith was a superstar in his playing days but also no stranger to controversy which probably makes it easy to relate to Dareus. Plus, most of us could benefit from from a mentor that possesses wisdom and experience beyond our years.
Marcell Dareus’ time in Virginia is just a small footnote in a larger story, but it really highlights what a guy like Bruce Smith means to Buffalo Bills football.