Thursday, May 14, 2009

Boston College LB Herzlich has cancer

Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich, the 2008 ACC defensive player of the year, made a shocking announcement Thursday.

He disclosed that he has been diagnosed with Ewing's Sarcoma, a malignant tumor most often found in bone or soft tissue.

"Obviously, I was shocked,” Herzlich said in a statement released by Boston College. “I had been extremely focused on preparing for my senior season at Boston College and for life beyond that. Now, I must channel all that energy into facing my toughest opponent yet, and that is exactly what I will do.”

Herzlich said he will return home to Pennsylvania for tests to determine the best course of action for treatment. He asked for his privacy to be respected.

"At this point, I do not know what this means for my football future, but I am determined to rid my body of this disease so that I can put that uniform back on,” Herzlich said. “Thank you in advance for your prayers and concern. Together, we will fight this and win."

Coach Frank Spaziani released a statement saying the Boston College community was “stunned.”

"When people think of Mark Herzlich, they think of a fearless individual who is always ready to take on a tough opponent,” Spaziani said. “His integrity, determination and focus are unmatched. I know he will face this challenge with that same attitude.” – Ken Tysiac