End of NFL Lockout Gives Cancer Survivor Shot at His Dream

Mark HerzlichDid you hear the big news in the NFL? Mark Herzlich has come back from a battle with bone cancer to finally live out his dreams of being signed to an NFL team with a promise from the New York Giants. What, you were thinking the lockout news? The incredible Herzlich is taking the results of the lockout and running with them.

Ranked as a probably top 10 pick back in 2009, the Boston College linebacker never made it to the draft. Instead he was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, a form of bone cancer, and told that even if he survived, he would never again play football. In April of this year, he saw his dreams dashed again when he was ignored during the lockout-plagued draft.

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Then came the end of the lockout. And a post showed up on Herzlich's Twitter account late this morning announcing he's officially a Giant, and he can't wait to hit NYC. Of course that's just the first step. 

The 23-year-old was signed as one of a raft of undrafted free agents teams began snapping up as soon as the lockout ended. He's "on the team" only in the sense that they're going to let him show up at Giants' training camp in New Jersey (the first time the team has held camp in the dirty Jerz since 1995). Now he's got to prove himself worthy of an actual spot on the roster, and he'll have to do it in a pre-season shortened by the lockout. So the pressure's on.

But like I said, the lockout is old news. Mark Herzlich is the big deal. This is a guy who was told by doctors that he had a 70 percent chance of surviving cancer, and he kicked its ass. This is a guy who was told the tumor on his leg would end his chance at ever playing football, and he was named this year's Comeback Player of the Year at the ESPYs and picked up by the Giants. If he can kick cancer's butt, he can do this.

Will you be rooting for Mark Herzlich this pre-season?


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