Mark Herzlich, New York Giants Sign Deal: Cancer Survivor Makes It To The NFL

07/26/2011 11:38 am ET | Updated Sep 25, 2011

Mark Herzlich, a former All-American linebacker at Boston College and a recent cancer survivor, announced Tuesday morning via Twitter that he will sign with the New York Giants.

Herzlich, who declared the top available undrafted free agent, was named the 2008 ACC defensive player of the year following his outstanding junior season. He was considered by many at the time to be a possible top 10 pick in the NFL draft, but all that came crashing down when he was diagnosed with bone cancer that May.

However, Herzlich was able to persevere and after sitting out the entire 2009 season to undergo treatment, he returned to the Eagles linebacker corps in 2010.

Now, after going undrafted in April, Herzlich will have to fight his way onto the Giants roster during a shortened pre-season. The task may be daunting, but if there's one thing Herzlich has, it's fight.

Decision is made I will be a #GIANT can't wait to get to #NYC. Thank you for everything.less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet Reply