Originally posted on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 11/4/12
New York Giants linebacker Mark Herzlich will be making his first start of the season — replacing Chase Blackburn at middle linebacker — when his team faces off against the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. Herzlich's start — the third of his pro career — would not be so noteworthy if it were not for the circumstances surrounding Sunday's game. Herzlich, an undrafted free agent who was signed by the Giants last year, is a cancer survivor who hopes the sight of him on the field can become an inspiration to all of the area residents who are still coping with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy's destructive path. "It's about not giving up," Herzlich told The New York Post.  "That was my biggest thing.  I had to set a goal, and I had to stick to that goal — it was coming back and playing football again and being healthy.  And beating cancer.  And doing something people told me I couldn't do." In 2009,  Herzlich was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer,...
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