Back in April of 2011, there were avid followers of New York Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich that knew his entire story while an All-American at Boston College and wanted him drafted to wear blue. While that didn’t happen (he was, however, selected with the 51st pick of the 10th round by the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL), three months later Mark was at Giants training camp and subsequently made their 53-man roster that same year. His story became known nation-wide soon and was covered by the likes of ESPN and NFL Network.
While many fans have already taken the valuable time to learn Herzlich’s more-than-inspiring post-Ewing’s sarcoma story, what many don’t know is how he utilizes his fight to continually inspire and help others in their current combat against cancer.
The 288-page book, titled: “What It Takes: Fighting For My Life and My Love of the Game” has a foreword penned by head coach Tom Coughlin and has a publish date of June 3rd, 2014 but can be pre-ordered (since earlier this week) now for just under twenty dollars.
Amazon.com describes the book, in part, as follows. It remains apropos, even when thought of in terms of the New York Giants as an entire team.
"Mark Herzlich fought a battle against cancer, against statistics, and some days against himself. Told with candor and raw emotion, this is a story for anyone who has ever fought to beat the odds, for anyone who has ever been told that what they are about to attempt is next to impossible. Herzlich’s story embodies powerful lessons about what can be achieved through persistence and belief, and he serves as living proof that overcoming the impossible is only the beginning.”
When looking back at number 58’s 2009 press release after he was initially diagnosed, it’s not hard to realize that he was determined from the start and most definitely did fight and win.
“Obviously, I was shocked. I had been extremely focused on preparing for my senior season at Boston College and for life beyond that. Now, I must channel all that energy into facing my toughest opponent yet, and that is exactly what I will do…at this point, I do not know what this means for my football future, but I am determined to rid my body of this disease so that I can put that uniform back on,” Herzlich said. “Thank you in advance for your prayers and concern. Together, we will fight this and win.”
Life gives lessons to each of us all the time. When we are able to use these hard-fought battles and inner conflicts to reach others and help them obtain the same sometimes miracle-like outcome, we become more human. It’s no wonder some teammates are already out there promoting.
“I will definitely be pre ordering this today! Mark Herzlich has an incredible story of perseverance. Pre-Order yours."
“Everyone please pre-order Mark Herzlich's new book! He is a true inspiration to me, I remember reading his story in college and then to become teammates was just a blessing. Everybody's struggle is different and some are harder then others but this man BEAT CANCER! Ain't nothing harder then that. Respect!"
“My boy Herz has an amazing story of believing even when all odds were against him! Can’t wait to get this."
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