Mark Herzlich just wants to keep playing.
The Boston College linebacker missed the 2009 season while he battled Ewing's sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. He returned, cancer free, for his final season in 2010, and now he's looking to continue his football career in the NFL.
Herzlich was one of several players from New England-area schools who worked out for NFL coaches and scouts at B.C.'s pro day.
"No one's guaranteed to get drafted," said Herzlich, who is expected to be taken in the later rounds of the NFL Draft. "No one's guaranteed to play football. It's kind of like recess in elementary school. They say it's a privilege to get to recess.
"Being able to work as an NFL football player, that's a privilege. Football's been a great thing and a great privilege to play, and if I get to keep on playing, that's the best thing I could ask for right now."
Also at the workout was B.C. offensive lineman Anthony Castonzo, who could be taken as high as the first round in this year's draft.
"I was talking to a coach the other day and he said, 'Would you be adverse to us drafting you,' " said Castonzo, who started every game during his college career. "I'm like, 'Are you kidding me? I'm not adverse to anybody drafting me.' "
The Patriots had four representatives at the Heights for the workouts, including offensive line coach Dante Scarnecchia, who helped run offensive linemen drills.