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BC’s Herzlich Semifinalist for Butkus Award

BC's Mark Herzlich has had to become a force off the field this season, but he is up for the nation's top linebacker honor.

BC star linebacker Mark Herzlich, who is sitting out this season while battling Ewing’s Sarcoma, was named as one of the 16 finalists for the Dick Butkus Award, honoring the nation’s top linebacker. Herzlich is the reigning ACC Defensive Player of the Year and was a finalist for the award last season, losing out to Wake Forest’s Aaron Curry.

The nomination is more sentimental than performance based considering he has not, and will not, play a down this season, however it highlights the off field facets of the honor: being a role model and working to give back to the community. Herzlich recently stated that he is 99.9% cancer free and is expecting to be back on the field in the fall, defeating a disease that not only threatened his playing career, but his life. He has raised over $80,000 this season, via the BC Chapter of Uplifting Athletes, to go toward research on the disease. He has received checks from each of BC’s ACC opponents this season: Clemson, Wake Forest, Florida State, and Virginia Tech.

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2 comments for “BC’s Herzlich Semifinalist for Butkus Award”

  1. BC’s Herzlich Semifinalist for Butkus Award: BC star linebacker Mark Herzlich, who is sitting out this season wh..

    Posted by Sports of Boston | October 17, 2009, 1:22 pm
  2. I am asking all of my friends (and friends of friends) to help me support a child cancer foundation that I really believe in.

    It is a facebook contest at and the name of the foundation is called The Seany Foundation (their site is at

    Seany died of Ewing’s Sarcoma cancer a few years ago and he was a teenager. I knew Seany and promised his family I would help where I could. Chase Bank is having a charity contest ending in about 6 days and if you could VOTE (it is free to vote) with your facebook account AND post it to your facebook wall, I would really, really appreciate it.

    Posted by Sharon Jenkins | July 7, 2010, 3:34 am

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