All-American: Herzlich Battles Cancer for a Future in Football

October 31, 2011

60 Minutes

60 Minutes on CBS aired a story about Mark Herzlich, one of the best college linebackers in the country at Boston College, who was sidelined as a junior in 2008 after being diagnoses with Ewing’s sarcoma. Ewing’s sarcoma is a rare bone cancer that strikes fewer than 400 American’s a year. Herzlich was only 21 when diagnosed. It is mentioned in the story that Mark’s parents took him to Pennsylvania Hospital for his diagnosis and treatment, including a titanium rod implanted in his left leg. Five months after his diagnosis, Mark got the news from his doctor that he was “about 99 percent sure…that the cancer is completely gone.” He returned to college football for the first game of the 2010 season and is now playing professionally for the NY Giants. View Segment