What It Takes: Fighting For My Life and My Love of the Game

What It Takes: Fighting For My Life and My Love of the Game

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by Mark Herzlich
     
 

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In 2011, he became starting linebacker for the New York Giants and triumphed in the Super Bowl—after being told his cancer diagnosis meant he would never play football again....

As a child, Herzlich found true meaning in football, eventually turning his passion into a first-team All-American spot at Boston College. But the budding star was sidelined

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In 2011, he became starting linebacker for the New York Giants and triumphed in the Super Bowl—after being told his cancer diagnosis meant he would never play football again....

As a child, Herzlich found true meaning in football, eventually turning his passion into a first-team All-American spot at Boston College. But the budding star was sidelined by persistent, debilitating pain in his left leg. The shocking diagnosis: He had Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare bone cancer. Doctors put his odds of survival as low as ten percent—and no one thought he would be able to run, much less play football, again.

Then Herzlich learned of a radical treatment that would give him the best chance to regain his strength and maybe even play football again, but it could cost him his life. Relying on family, friends, faith, and deep wells of determination to help him through treatment, his plan worked. Not only could he run, but he was physically stronger than ever, and mentally ready to battle his way into the NFL. When he was passed over by all thirty-two teams in the draft, he dug deeper and continued his training, winning a spot in the Giants’ training camp and, eventually, on the team.

Mark Herzlich fought a battle against cancer, against statistics, and some days against himself. Told with candor and raw emotion, What It Takes is a story for anyone who has ever fought to beat the odds, for anyone who has ever been told that what they are about to attempt is next to impossible.

INCLUDES PHOTOS

With a foreword by New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin

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“I truly believe Mark’s story will motivate and inspire anyone who reads it.”— New York Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin
Library Journal
08/01/2014
Herzlich was a promising college linebacker who nearly died from bone cancer but fought back to claim eventually a starting position with the New York Giants. While the author clearly loves the game, this book is more about facing a life-or-death obstacle and fighting it. Herzlich emphasizes that the fight is the victory, no matter what the outcome, and urges readers to have hope, fight hard, be a warrior, and believe in themselves. VERDICT This well-written, inspirational story will find popularity with a general audience.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451468796
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/03/2014
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
503,942
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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“I truly believe Mark’s story will motivate and inspire anyone who reads it.”— New York Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin

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