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Rookies plan to watch Herzlich on "60 Minutes"

Mark Herzlich of the New York Giants tackles

Mark Herzlich of the New York Giants tackles Kahlil Bell of the Chicago Bears. (Aug. 22, 2011) Credit: Getty

Rookies stick together, said Tyler Sash.

That’s why he and the rest of the Giants rookies will be watching teammate Mark Herzlich’s inspirational story on “60 Minutes” Sunday. As most of you know, the Boston College grad missed the entire 2009 season due to Ewing's sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. But despite going undrafted, he’s made noticeable contributions on special teams for the Giants.

“We’ll probably be on his couch watching,” Sash said, referring to himself and Spencer Paysinger, who's locker is right next to his. “...We know, Mark will basically make me come over and watch it.

“I’d probably just watch it to give him a hard time about it the next day,” he joked.

“Talk about the goofy face he had on or something,” Paysinger chimed in with a laugh.

All kidding aside, though, both players said Herzlich's story is a testament to the power of determination and faith. Sash, a rookie out of Iowa, said he was moved by Herzlich's battle.

“Everybody knows about him and everything that he’s overcame and it’s awesome," said the safety. "You don’t hear too many stories like that so I’ll definitley be watching. I didnt know him at all until I got to camp but I told him I rememer watching you on ESPN and all the specials they used to do on him when he was at BC. I remember like it was a couple months ago. It doesnt seem that long ago and now we’re teammates here it’s pretty cool.”

But no matter how many times his teammates hear Herzlich's story, it never gets old.

"It gives hope to everybody else that’s going through the same thing," said Sash, who added that Herzlich was eating lunch Friday afternoon with a young fan who is battling the same form of cancer. "Especially when he’s overcome so much and now he’s in the NFL and playing. It’s a cool story. We just give him a hard time about it, but he’s not one to just come out and talk about it all the time. It’s us asking him about it. Now that I’ve gotten to know him more, it’s nice.”


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