Mark Herzlich, the senior linebacker from Boston College Eagles who overcame cancer, went undrafted in the 2011 NFL Draft on Saturday afternoon at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
In short, the NFL and every single team ought to be ashamed of themselves. To invite a player who overcame a horrific disease to the draft and let him sit through every single round and every single pick without giving him the honor of having his name called (that he absolutely deserves) is absolutely despicable.
Herzlich finished his four-year career at Boston College with 314 tackles, 11 interceptions, seven forced fumbles and three sacks. In 2010, Herzlich recorded 65 tackles (50 solo) and had four interceptions and two forced fumbles,.
In 2008-09, Herzlich was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year, recording 110 tackles (81 solo), six interceptions, two sacks and two forced fumbles. Herzlich was widely considered the best collegiate linebacker after that season.
Then, Herzlich's life changed forever, when he was diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, forcing him to miss the entire 2009 season. Remarkably, Herzlich recovered fully and served as an inspiration to the nation when he returned to the football field for his senior season last year.
Herzlich was awarded the Rudy Award and the ACC's Brian Piccolo Award in his senior season. In 2009, Herzlich was given several award, including Disney's Spirit Award, an honorary Lott Trophy and the ACC Commissioner's Cup.
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