Jacksonville nose tackle Marcell Dareus has a new way to relax during the Jaguars’ NFL bye week — an Alabama Crimson Tide rocking chair that he had built to look like a well-worn piece of beloved furniture even though it’s new.
Dareus showed off his rocking chair for the Jaguars’ official web site during an antiquing trip to Eco Relics, the Jacksonville, Florida, store where it was made.
Eco Relics specializes in “architectural salvage, reclaimed and discount building materials and antiques, committed to reusing, recycling and repurposing.”
Dareus starred at Huffman High School in Birmingham before going to Alabama, where he played from 2008 through 2010. He was named the most valuable defensive player of the Tide’s 37-21 victory over Texas in the BCS national-championship game for the 2009 season. In 2010, Dareus was an All-SEC defensive tackle.
Dareus left Alabama as the third player picked in the 2011 NFL Draft. He earned Pro Bowl invitations in 2013 and 2014 and first-team All-Pro recognition in 2014 with the Buffalo Bills, who traded him to the Jaguars last season.
Dareus registered his first sack of the season on Sunday in Jacksonville’s 24-18 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, the Jaguars’ fourth consecutive defeat. After playing in the AFC championship game last season, Jacksonville reached the midpoint of the 2018 NFL season with a 3-5 record.
The Jaguars return to the field on Nov. 11, when they visit the Indianapolis Colts for an AFC South game.
Mark Inabinett is a sports reporter for Alabama Media Group. Follow him on Twitter at @AMarkG1.