What It Takes: Fighting For My Life and My Love of the Game [NOOK Book]

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In 2011, Mark Herzlich became a starting linebacker for a New York Giants team that would win the Super Bowl?just two years after he had been told that he would never play football again. Now Herzlich tells his triumphant story for the first time.



As a child, Herzlich found an inspiring and grounding force in football, eventually turning his passion into a first-team ...
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Overview

In 2011, Mark Herzlich became a starting linebacker for a New York Giants team that would win the Super Bowl—just two years after he had been told that he would never play football again. Now Herzlich tells his triumphant story for the first time.



As a child, Herzlich found an inspiring and grounding force in football, eventually turning his passion into a first-team All-American spot at Boston College. But after being named the conference’s top defensive player his junior season, the budding star was sidelined by a persistent, debilitating pain in his left leg.



After months of tests, Herzlich received a shocking diagnosis: He had Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare bone cancer. Doctors put his odds of survival as low as fifteen percent—and no one thought he would be able to run, much less play, again. Then Herzlich learned of a radical alternative treatment that would give him the best chance to regain his strength and maybe even play football again. He had a choice to make, one that would allow him the chance to return to the game he loved, but it came at the risk of his life.



Herzlich relied on family, friends, faith, and deep wells of determination to help him through treatment, and his drastic plan worked. Not only could he run, but he was stronger than ever physically, and mentally ready to battle his way to a spot on an NFL roster. When he was passed over by all 32 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, this 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.



Herzlich’s story embodies powerful lessons about what can be achieved through persistence and belief, and he serves as living proof that overcoming the impossible is only the beginning.



With a foreword by New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin
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Editorial Reviews

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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780698151130
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 6/3/2014
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 82,425
  • File size: 14 MB
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Meet the Author

Mark Herzlich is a linebacker for the New York Giants. Winner of the ESPY award for Best Comeback by an Athlete, Mark now seeks to inspire others to fight their own diseases and achieve their dreams in the face of harsh obstacles. He lives in New Jersey.

 
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2014

    Mark Herzlich is a hero. Whenever I'm having a rough day, I thin

    Mark Herzlich is a hero. Whenever I'm having a rough day, I think about him and how there are people who have it so much worse. I have nothing but respect for him, he's inspirational and he is a cancer survivor. I read this book and felt like I was by his side through his whole life and I could read it over and over again and never get sick of it! He came to my uncle's Multiple Myeloma 5K in New Caanan, CT and I am so honored to have met him. I am a cowboys fan, but after reading this story I admire him so much I bought his jersey! A must read book, 150%. A big thanks to Mark for teaching me how wrong I was about life, thats knowledge I will have for the rest of my life!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2014

    highly recommend this book

    This book shows the courageous fight of not only Mark but the whole family. Once you start reading the story you will not want to stop reading. Mark is an inspiration to all cancer patients as well as survivors such as myself. His journey is remarkable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 2, 2014

    A beautifully written memoir of the roller-coaster ride of Mark'

    A beautifully written memoir of the roller-coaster ride of Mark's fight with his disease, "What It Takes" is an absolute must read. I cannot say enough great things about this book. Mark Herzlich's story is in itself is inspirational, but his book is written in such a way that highlights the reality of the challenges and obstacles he faced throughout his battle with cancer as a young man. If you have been touched, directly or indirectly, by this nondiscriminatory disease, you will most certainly be touched by his story. I would recommend this book to anyone who is, or knows someone who is questioning whether they have "What It Takes" to fight the good fight.

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