Found out earlier tonight that Boston College LB Mark Herzlich has accepted an invitation to play in Patriots QB Tom Brady’s flag football game on Friday night at 6 p.m. at Harvard Stadium, which is running in conjunction with the Audi Best Buddies Challenge that Brady helps with annually.
It’ll be the first time the public really has gotten a chance to see Herzlich run around on a football field since he learned he had Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, a year ago. The BC linebacker figured to be a high pick in the 2010 draft, but the illness sidelined him for the 2009 season.
He’s now on track to return to the field for this season in what has been a pretty remarkable example of perseverance and toughness. Herzlich told us back in March at BC’s Pro Day that he plans to be ready to go full bore come fall camp.
Pretty cool story, all the way around, and all of this is to support a pretty worthy cause that helps the intellectually and developmentally disabled build lasting friendships. Brady, teammates Dan Koppen, Steve Neal, Tully Banta-Cain and Pierre Woods will also be playing, as will ex-Pats Scott Zolak and Christian Fauria. And on Saturday, Bill Belichick will be participating in the race itself, along with Brady.
The game’s open to the public, so if you come to see the Patriots, be sure to check out the guy in the BC gear too.