CHESTNUT HILL - Mark Herzlich is coming off his first full season back from his year-long battle with Ewing's Sarcoma. Naturally, the path to recovery was a long one for Herzlich, but as of Wednesday, the senior linebacker from Boston College said that his health is a non-issue.
"I feel great health wise," said Herzlich, who participated in workouts at the annual Boston College Pro Day on Wednesday at Alumni Stadium. "That's something that I am positive about. I've been checked up by 32 team physicians and a bunch of other doctors."
Herzlich took part in many drills during the workout, including the 40-yard dash and the three-cone drill to name two.
"They went well," said Herzlich when asked about his drills. "I haven't seen any times or anything. I felt good, and that's the biggest thing."
While no official times were released, I was able to clock one of Mark Herzlich's 40-yard dashes at 4.89 seconds. Herzlich also ran the 40-yard dash in the high 4.8 to mid 4.9 range at the 2011 NFL Combine in Indianapolis.
Once considered one of the nation's top collegiate linebackers, Herzlich is not projected to be drafted in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft. The jury is out as to where Herzlich will be drafted and which team will select him, but that's not something he is worried about one bit.
"I don't know, that's a question for my agent," Herzlich said. "I don't know yet. I purposely don't go on the websites, on the TVs because its added pressure. I guess we'll find out April 28th, 29th and 30th."
Regardless, the fact that Herzlich is back to full health and even being considered in the NFL Draft is utterly remarkable based on the life-threatening disease he had to overcome.
"It has been a long road," Herzlich said. "I don't even think about it like that right now because it seems like its so far in my past even though I'm only a year removed from treatment. I'm excited about where I am right now, and I'm looking to get better."