Giants' Rookie: 'Take That, Cancer'

Mark Herzlich wasn't supposed to walk again after cancer diagnosis
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 1, 2012 5:29 AM CST
New York Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich answers questions during Media Day in Indianapolis yesterday.   (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
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(Newser) – Rookie Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich is happier than most to be playing in the Super Bowl: “2 yrs ago I was told I might never walk again. Just WALKED off plane in Indy to play in the Super Bowl. Take That Sh*t Cancer," Herzlich tweeted after arriving in Indianapolis yesterday. Herzlich was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer in 2009. He had been expected to be a first-round draft pick from Boston College, but instead spent the year undergoing treatment, choosing chemotherapy and radiation over a leg amputation that would have ended his dream of playing in the NFL, ABC reports.

Herzlich, who went undrafted and joined the Giants as a free agent this season, says he sees his arrival in Indianapolis to take on the New England Patriots as an opportunity to inspire. "This week’s all about football and all about playing," he tells, "but there are people that are out there going through cancer right now and saying, ‘He’s doing it. I can do it.’"

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