Mark Herzlich is a determined man.
The Giants' second-year linebacker overcame bone cancer in 2009 while he was at Boston College. He made the Giants' roster as an undrafted free agent last year.
This year, Herzlich faces his latest challenge: trying to win a starting linebackers spot on a team deep at the position.
"I'm working hard toward winning a starting role this year," Herzlich told the Greenwich Time Monday afternoon at the Country Club of Darien. Herzlich was there taking part in the NFL Alumni Connecticut Chapter's sixth annual Charity Golf Classic.
"I am looking forward to the challenge. It's always a tough competition every year - the guys who play the best get the jobs. I know opportunities will arise during the preseason and I just have to take advantage of those opportunities."
Herzlich started last season playing on special teams, then got some time in at linebacker before fracturing his ankle in a game against the Saints on Nov. 28. As a result, he was not on the field for the Giants' Super Bowl run.
"I didn't suit up for the Super Bowl, which was tough," Herzlich said. "But I was still able to get a Super Bowl ring, and that was awesome."