His journey back reached it's summit on September 4th, 2010, when he led his teammates through the BC banner in a season opening victory over Weber State. Again he looked like a short haired version of The Ultimate Warrior, and again he'd take the field for the Eagles' defense. While his senior season didn't meet the statistical standards he set prior to his diagnosis when we he was named the 2008 ACC defensive player of the year, it did put an exclamation point on his comeback. He had soundly defeated the toughest opponent he'll ever face.
I bring this up now because this week is the annual dog and pony show the NFL has named the scouting combine. Aspiring prospects are picked apart at every level. Character concerns come to the forefront. Some players surprise, others disappoint. Money is made at the scouting combine for those who leave incredible numbers on someone's stopwatch. Draft stocks rise and fall based on the battery of tests these kids go through. In recent years, players like running back Chris Johnson, and tight end Vernon Davis have gone from virtual unknowns to hot prospects and first round picks. This year, Mark Herzlich took the next step in leaving cancer in his rearview by participating in the combine. While his 40 time didn't wow anyone, and his overall performance isn't likely to make him a day one draft pick, he did show his peers and the deicision makers representing his future employer that he is indeed back.