Mark Herzlich is the only member of the Super Bowl XLVI winning New York Giants who is universally loved in New England. His story is best summed up by a Tweet he posted after walking off the team plane in Indianapolis six days before the Giants beat New England 21-17:
While playing linebacker for Boston College in 2009, Herzlich was diagnosed with bone cancer, more specifically Ewing’s sarcoma, in his left leg. After aggressive chemotherapy and radiation, he passed on surgery to keep his hopes of playing football alive. He returned to BC in 2010 and played in 13 games. He signed as a free-agent with the Giants in 2011.