New York Giants Sign Cancer Survivor, Boston College LB Mark Herzlich

Jeff ShullAnalyst IJuly 26, 2011

CHESTNUT HILL, MA - NOVEMBER 29:  Mark Herzlich #94 of the Boston College Eagles tries to get the crowd going in the third quarter against the Maryland Terrapins on November 29, 2008 at Alumni Stadium in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Boston College defeated Maryland 28-21.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Boston College linebacker and cancer survivor announced via his Twitter account that he has picked the New York Giants to sign with as an undrafted rookie free agent.

After the April, 2011 NFL draft, Herzlich tweeted, "I have been told that I can't play football before. We all know what happened with that."

The Giants are getting a player with a ton of heart, courage and determination to be the best he can be. He may not have been full strength when he returned to Boston College in 2010, but he is very close to it now.

Back in January, many projected Herzlich as a late-round draft prospect, but as the draft kept moving along, it became clear teams weren't interested in using a draft choice on him.

Those teams will be sorry.

With the possibility of losing Herzlich to cancer, teams just didn't want to take that chance of drafting him. However, he certainly had his choice of teams as one of the most sought after undrafted free agents.

Many were reporting last night that he had agreed to terms with the Baltimore Ravens, but he cleared that up on his Twitter account by announcing his decision this morning.

Herzlich was the ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2008 and looked like he was headed for a long and stellar career in the NFL. Many believed he could be a top-10 draft pick in 2009.

He was diagnosed with bone cancer that year and would spend the next several months fighting for his life.

His return in 2010 was well documented, and he credits the fight against cancer for his focus in becoming a great NFL player.

"Once I got diagnosed, I said a prayer every morning and night to be cancer-free and play football again," he said. "That goal was what got me here. I've talked to a lot of people going through cancer right now, or are battling through something, and the biggest problem they have is not having that light at the end of the tunnel. My goal happened to be running out of the tunnel with my team. It got me through a lot of things."

As someone who has a parent fighting cancer right now, I can't convey to you my jubilation when I found this news out.

It's an inspiring story that everyone should know about.