Mark Herzlich has made a career out of defying the odds and exceeding everyone's expectations. Now it appears he's done it again.
The 29-year-old linebacker will be back for his seventh season with the Giants after signing a new contract with the team on Monday. He was used almost exclusively on special teams last season, though he has proven at times to be a useful fill-in at linebacker, where he's started 17 games in his six years.
In his career, though, Herzlich has become one of the leaders in the Giants locker room -- a respected and steady veteran voice, who is popular among his teammates, coaches and ownership. He's been a team favorite since making the Giants as an undrafted rookie back in 2011.
Before that, of course, Herzlich's career was nearly derailed before it began. In 2009, while attending Boston College, he was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. Four months after his diagnosis, though, he announced he was cancer free. After missing the 2009 season, he returned to action the following year.
Terms of Herzlich's contract were not immediately available. He made $1 million last season in the final year of a two-year, $2.6 million deal.