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How New York Giants Linebacker, Mark Herzlich, Fought Bone Cancer, Made It To The NFL

Oct 30, 2011 | Updated Dec 30, 2011

Mark Herzlich wouldn't let bone cancer dash his dreams of playing pro football. "60 Minutes" shows how this New York Giants linebacker made it from the oncology unit to the NFL field.

Considered one of the top linebackers while playing for Boston College, according to ESPN.com, Herzlich's chances for making it to the NFL were compromised when he was diagnosed with a rare form of bone in his left leg in 2009. The Sunday night "60 Minutes" segment shares how Herzlich opted to get a titanium rod inserted into his femur, instead of a cadaver bone, because it was the only way to salvage his football career, USA Today reports.

"He's a football player. He's dedicated. He's smart. He learns very quickly," Giants coach Tom Coughlin told the news outlet. "You tell him one time what to do and he does it."