To say I was shocked that Herzlich wasn't drafted would be an understatement. Herzlich was one of the top defensive players in the country in 2008 but he missed all of the 2009 season after being diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, a cancer most often found in bone and soft tissue.
Despite that, Herzlich fought all the way back to be a productive member of Boston College's defense in 2010. Was he the player he once was? Sadly, no. The disease robbed him of much of his athleticism and overall durability. That being said, I would be thrilled if the Giants signed him up.
More than anyone, Herzlich deserves a shot to play the game he loves at the highest level. However, that's not the only reason he should get a chance. He should be signed by someone, specifically the Giants, because of his unwavering work ethic and positive attitude. Often, when signing UDFA's, a team is not looking for a superstar, but rather a player who will compete in practice and answer the bell when their services are needed. Could you picture a more worthy practice squad player then Herzlich?
Not to mention, I wouldn't put it past this guy to regain all of his ability from 2008. If anyone can do it, it's Herzlich. After being told he may never play again, he beat the odds and made himself a productive player and he could be on his way to even greater things.
In any case, he's a guy I'd want in my foxhole, and I think the Giants should want him too.
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