Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich was passed on in the NFL Draft last weekend because of his battle with cancer but will at least have an opportunity to play football in the UFL in case free agency doesn’t work out.
“When I was diagnosed with cancer, I was told I couldn’t play football again,” Herzlich told NESN.com’s Jeff Howe on Monday. “Not getting drafted was frustrating. It’s like they’re saying I can’t play football again, but I’m going to work out, and there’s free agency. I’m just going to work hard, get into a camp, go from there and prove it to everyone that I belong in the NFL. But there will be free agency. In the past, free agency would have already started, and I’d probably be on a team right now. We’ll wait to see how that goes.”