Mark Herzlich has done more than deal with adversity in his school or in playing football. Truly, it's become the story of his life.
Since establishing himself as a leading linebacker at Boston College during his underclassmen years, Herzlich has gone on to surmount difficulty that makes playing football look easy.
In May 2009, at the height of his powers and having just come off a season in which he won ACC Defensive Player of the Year, Herzlich received shocking news.
He had been diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. It was as serious a moment as a college student can be presented with.
Fortunately, Herzlich was both lucky and determined in his fight against cancer, and was declared cancer-free that September.
The road back to football has been a remarkable one. He came back and played in 2010. And now, he finds himself with the New York Giants as an undrafted rookie free agent.
He could be a real asset for the Giants as they look for depth and youth at the linebacker position.
I recently spoke with Herzlich about life as a rookie with the Giants. As usual, he spoke with the maturity that belies his youth.