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Saturday, 12 December 2015 00:11

Marcell Dareus : Fur-rari King

Written by Kristie Bertucci Photos: Dean Farell
For Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus football is life, but life isn’t football. The 25-year-old NFL player from Birmingham, Al loves what he does, but doesn’t let it consume his entire life. While most players are already thinking about their goals for the next season after their last game, Dareus likes to take a break from football during the off-season to enjoy the finer things in life. It isn’t until he starts training camp that he starts to mentally prepare for the upcoming season and strategize his plan for the new season. “I spend time with my family, improve my golf game and just chill out during the off-season,” he explains. “I like to take my mind away from the game for a while and then come back and be all in. I like to participate in other things that keep my mind at ease and then when training camp comes, I'm setting my goals and what I plan to achieve on the field. Just being with my team and listening to their goals helps me figure out what I need to do, so that I can help them achieve what they’re trying to do for the season.”


For Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus football is life, but life isn’t football. The 25-year-old NFL player from Birmingham, Al loves what he does, but doesn’t let it consume his entire life. While most players are already thinking about their goals for the next season after their last game, Dareus likes to take a break from football during the off-season to enjoy the finer things in life. It isn’t until he starts training camp that he starts to mentally prepare for the upcoming season and strategize his plan for the new season.



“I spend time with my family, improve my golf game and just chill out during the off-season,” he explains. “I like to take my mind away from the game for a while and then come back and be all in. I like to participate in other things that keep my mind at ease and then when training camp comes, I'm setting my goals and what I plan to achieve on the field. Just being with my team and listening to their goals helps me figure out what I need to do, so that I can help them achieve what they’re trying to do for the season.”



One of the things that keeps Dareus’ mind off of football during the off-season is his Ferrari F430, or “Fur-rari” as he calls it because of its unique red velvet wrap that’s soft to the touch and a sight to behold up close in person. The Ferrari was his first big purchase after her was picked third overall in the 2011 NFL Draft. But after enjoying it for a few years, he started to grow old with it.



Debating if he should trade it in for a new ride, Dareus instead hooked up with the guys over at Young Money Motors to makeover the 458. “I wanted something different, but really wasn’t feeling having to buy a new car, so after brainstorming for a couple of months and getting things together, the end result is the ‘Fur-rari,” he says. “The Ferrari was originally red and I wanted to change the color, but didn’t want any ordinary paint job. After looking online for different wraps, we came across the velvet and even though it was kind of a stretch, we went for it.”



The velvet exterior is complemented by a carbon top and a reflector that adorns the front of the Ferrari and lights up at night, but besides the wrap, it’s the Savini Wheels that Dareus really loves. “They remind me of gold wheels that I used to love as a kid,” he explains. “Once the shop showed them to me, I knew I wanted them for the Ferrari. They made me think of the older style rims I used to love, but with a new twist to it. They just look like they’re made for speed and they really hold it down on the Ferrari.” Inside there’s a custom JL Audio system controlled by an iPad mini and a customized driver’s seat to accommodate Dareus’ burly frame.



Because of its beg-to-be-felt exterior, people are always running their hands on the velvet wrap – something that bothered Dareus at first, but has now come to expect when people don’t believe him when he tells them it’s velvet. “People always think it’s a matte or flat red and are always thinking I’m lying when I tell them that it’s velvet. This only makes them want to touch it, so I’m used to it now. I love how it’s something totally different and really throws people off.”



As one of Dareus’ favorite rides in his stable, he takes it everywhere he goes, shipping it to various parts of the country to enjoy. “I drive it like it’s a Toyota,” he laughs. “I really love how it drives and don’t mind taking it out all the time. It’s fun to be in and looks damn good, too.” He’ll usually drive it in Buffalo, NY when the weather is nice and then ship it back home to Birmingham when it starts to snow. It’s had a few appearances in Los Angeles to star in music videos, in addition to a stint at last year’s Pro Bowl in Arizona. Besides his Ferrari, Dareus drives around Buffalo in his Chevy 350 Dually, and on occasion will take out his other classic rides, including a 1957 Chevy Apache and 1968 Chevy Impala. “I like original old schools,” he says. “I like to keep them vintage, but add a few modern amenities to them like power windows and a sound system. Like the Ferrari, I like to drive them as much as I can, especially in the off-season when I have more time.”



At the time we talked to Dareus, the Pro Bowler was barely getting ready for training camp and he was soaking in as much personal time as possible. And even though his goals for the season were still up in the air, there was one thing he knew he was striving for – to make it in the Football Hall of Fame. “It’s the only goal I always have for myself,” he says. “Everyday I’m working for that goal. I’m focusing on my body and really doing what feels right. It’s how I better myself each season and work toward achieving my ultimate goal.”



Specs:
Exterior
Velvet wrap
Carbon fiber top and inserts

Wheels/Tires
20” Savini Diamond Veneto wheels
Pirelli PZero Tires

Interior
Customized driver’s seat

Sound
Custom console with iPad mini
(2) 6” JL Audio subwoofers in custom enclosure
JL Audio HD amplifier
Alpine component speakers

Sources:
YM Motorsports
YM-Motorsports

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