He's gained acclaim for his courageous fight and, ultimately, winning battle with cancer, but in the preceding years Mark Herzlich dominated the football field.
How's this for a stat line during his junior year at Boston College: 110 tackles, six interceptions, eight pass break-ups, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and 13 tackles for a loss. He was named first-team All-American and ACC Defensive Player of the Year.
After missing his senior year while undergoing treatment for Ewing's sarcoma, Herzlich returned in 2010 with 65 tackles, four interceptions and two forced fumbles while still recovering.
This past weekend, the 6-4, 240-pound Herzlich went unselected in the NFL Draft. Would you count him out?
After working with him for multiple months in preparation for the Combine and Draft, IMG specialists say Herzlich's NFL potential is still tremendous.
"Mark's going to be a very good player in the NFL," said Trevor Moawad, Director of the Athletic & Personal Development program. "He is driven, motivated, but above all, he is very good. Our linebackers coach, Howard Tippett, said that as the training went on he could see why Mark was the ACC Defensive Player of the Year and expected him to perform at a very high level in the NFL. You talk to coaches in the ACC like Jimbo Fisher, and they will tell you that #94 gave them all they could handle on the field. He is very active. He is intelligent. Most importantly, he values every breath he takes and every opportunity he gets."