Back in December of 2009, when then-Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich was being honored at the Lott IMPACT Trophy ceremony, Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry was on hand and he offered Herzlich some kind encouragement.
“I was going through chemo at the time, had a bald head and no eyebrows,” Herzlich told the Kansas City Star. “I remember he was very nice. We talked a lot and he gave me a lot of encouragement. I decided then that I was always going to follow his career.”
Berry would be named to the Pro Bowl in three of his first four seasons (this one included) with the Kansas City Chiefs, but earlier this month, he received news that no one can ever possibly prepare for: he had cancer; diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma.
“When I saw on Twitter, I said ’What?’” Herzlich said. “I was surprised, but cancer is something that affects everyone.”
Although Berry's cancer is considered treatable and curable, Herzlich — a survivor of Ewing’s sarcoma — knows all too well that he still has a long and draining road ahead.Read more... Join the Conversation...