Posted November 21, 2011 on AP on Fox
Mark Herzlich's debut as a full-time NFL player was bittersweet. The middle linebacker, a cancer survivor, started the New York Giants' game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night, his first action from scrimmage this season. With his parents watching from a private box at MetLife Stadium, Herzlich replaced Michael Boley, out with a hamstring injury. Herzlich, whose previous work in games came on special teams, had four tackles in a 17-10 loss. At the outset, Herzlich felt nothing but thrills. ''When the national anthem was playing, and I was out and knew I was going on the field, I closed my eyes and thought, `This was happening,''' he said. ''So as long as I am playing football, I will give my 100 percent every game. That's where I have to give my 100 percent, doing the right thing every play.'' Herzlich, who was not drafted out of Boston College and made the Giants as a free agent, said Friday: ''This is what I've been waiting all my life for, just a chance.'' Herz...
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