Mark Herzlich was probably the best-known of the undrafted free agents this year. He’s probably also the most inspirational story.
Herzlich, a linebacker out of Boston College, is a cancer survivor and, although teams passed over him in the NFL draft, he drew interest from, among others, the Baltimore Ravens, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants. He announced his decision this morning:
Herzlich was ACC defensive player of the year in 2008, then missed the 2009 season while he battled Ewing’s sarcoma, a bone cancer in his left leg. He played in 2010, but was still regaining his strength and his draft stock fell. Herzlich, who initially was told that he wouldn’t play football again, plans to make the most of his chance, saying he’s play with a chip on his shoulder.
“Whenever I get on the field,it’s going to be intensity and aggression,” Herzlich told ESPN in a phone interview.