Rookie cuts lawns instead of hitting the field

July 20, 2011 12:06:13 PM PDT
The National Football League player lockout means one rookie is getting a different kind of experience on the field.

Marcell Dareus was drafted by the Buffalo Bills and would already be on his way to making a million dollars if this had been a normal NFL season.

Since this isn't a normal season, Dareus is instead spending his time cutting grass and doing yard work in the neighborhood where he grew up, and he's taking orders from his godfather instead of an NFL coach.

"I love being in the yard," Dareus said. "Cutting grass, pulling weeds. It's just something -- it kinda eases your mind. "

Dareus said he'd still be on that field with or without the lockout.

There are signs the lockout could be coming to an end -- in fact, the league's owners are scheduled to vote on a new labor agreement on Thursday.

For now, Dareus can be proud of the fact that he's the only landscaper in Birmingham, Alabama with his own trading card.

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