Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich, who made a miraculous recovery from bone cancer to return to play football for the Eagles, was "very disappointed" to be bypassed in this weekend's NFL draft.
"I guess people are saying I cant play football anymore," Herzlich told the Boston Globe. "Well, I have heard that before and look what happened."
According to the Globe, NFL scouts said Herzlich -- once thought to be a potential first-round pick -- had lost speed after his battle with cancer.
On his Twitter account, Herzlich posted the following messages after the draft:
Thanking everyone for their support tough times call for perseverance and a tough mind."
Then . .
"Today sucked for me but everyone needs to pray for all the people in Alabama. They need us more than ever right now."
Then . . .
"I have been told that I cant play football before. We all know what happened with that.
And finally . . .
"Great thing about a bad day is that you can thank God for the opportunity to wake up the next with a smile on your face"
President-elect Donald Trump made sure to thank a few of his supporters from New England -- particularly those at 1 Patriot Place -- during a speech on the eve of his inauguration to the nation's highest office.
Patriots chairman and CEO Robert Kraft, coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady all earned shout-outs from Trump. Kraft was one of many Trump donors present for a dinner at Washington, DC's Union Station, where he was singled out by the soon-to-be-president.
"In the audience we have somebody that's under no pressure whatsoever because he's got a great quarterback named Tom Brady and a great coach named Belichick: Bob Kraft," Trump said. "Good luck, Bob.
"Your friend Tom Brady just called. He feels good. He called to congratulate us. He feels good. Good luck. You're going to do great."
Trump gave one extra nod to Belichick, who he says taught him to out-work his competition.
"I out-worked everybody," Trump said. "I think I out-worked anyone who ever ran for office. I learned that from Belichick."
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