Sometimes it isn't all about tackles and statistics. Sometimes it isn't about performance on the field or recognition as a player. Instead, sometimes it is about determination and the strength of the human spirit.
In 2009, following an All-American season with the Boston College Eagles, Mark Herzlich announced he had Ewing Sarcoma, a rare form of cancer. This type of cancer often causes the need to amputate a limb and can cause death. It is more common in male teenagers.
Following the diagnosis, Herzlich different treatments such as chemotherapy, and he was announced cancer free. However, this unfortunate health battle caused Herzlich's previous first-round draft status to drop, and he went undrafted in April.
The New York Giants signed him as a free agent in August, and Herzlich proceeded to make the team. He is currently rehabbing from an injury and expected to be back with the Giants for the postseason opener against the Atlanta Falcons this weekend.
This is a representation of life being more important than the game of football and an individual defying all odds with hard work and dedication.