Giants sign Mark Herzlich

AP

The most inspirational player in college football last season has found his professional home.

Mark Herzlich, the Boston College linebacker who won the ACC Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2008, sat out a season while battling cancer in 2009 and returned to start all 13 games in 2010, is a New York Giant.

Herzlich confirmed on Twitter that he agreed to a deal as an undrafted free agent today.

Giants coach Tom Coughlin is the former head coach at Boston College and likely followed Herzlich’s career there closely, so it’s not a surprise that Coughlin would want to give Herzlich a chance.

Although Herzlich was invited to the NFL draft, he was not selected. Now he’ll get a chance to compete for a job in training camp and to become an inspiration to millions in the NFL.