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Mark Herzlich: This Was It If I Have Survived

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New York Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich was here. In 2009, while he was playing for Boston College, mark was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer.

He's now cancer-free and has written a book about his battle with the rare disease: "What It Takes: Fighting For My Life And My Love Of The Game."

Fun facts about Mark Herzlich: (Source: Wikipedia)

1) He is an American football linebacker for the New York Giants of the National Football League. He was signed by the Giants as an undrafted free agent in 2011. He played college football at Boston College.

2) Herzlich attended Conestoga High School in Tredyffrin Township, Pennsylvania, where he earned Associated Press Class First-team AAAA All-State honors as senior linebacker. Considered a three-star prospect by Rivals.com, Herzlich was recruited by Boston College, Duke, North Carolina, Vanderbilt and Virginia.

3) Herzlich went on to attend Boston College and played in all 13 games as a true freshman. He earned College Football News Freshman All-American honors with a total of 42 tackles (32 solo), including 5.0 tackles for a loss and 1.0 sack, one interception and forced two fumbles. As a sophomore he started all 14 games for the Eagles and finished the season second in total tackles with 97 (55 solos, 42 assists). He also led the team with 12 tackles-for-loss to go with 1.5 quarterback sacks and 4 pass breakups, 2 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries. Herzlich entered his junior season (2008) as a preseason all-star candidate. He was named to the Lott Trophy and Butkus Award watchlists prior to the season.

"What It Takes: Fighting For My Life And My Love Of The Game" is in bookstores now.

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