'You don't want to lose hope'

While chasing NFL dream, Giants rookie Herzlich looks back on victory over cancer

Updated: August 13, 2011, 10:33 PM ET
By Ohm Youngmisuk | ESPNNewYork.com

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Life. Limb. And NFL.

Those are the three things doctors wanted to save when Mark Herzlich was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer in his left leg.

"They felt the NFL was a long shot," Sandy Herzlich said of the initial prognosis for his son, then a Boston College linebacker. "They were first happy if they could save his life and they were happy if they could save his leg."

That was May 12, 2009. More than two years later, Mark ...

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