Mark Herzlich on D&C: 'I couldn't be any happier'

September 09, 2011 - 7:45 am
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Former Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich joined Dennis & Callahan Friday morning to discuss how life as a rookie in the NFL is going and what it's like to make the Giants roster. The cancer survivor is expected to make his regular-season debut Sunday when the Giants take on Washington. "Everything's going great right now, we're preparing right now for the Redskins and I couldn't be any happier," Herzlich said. Herzlich talked about what it was like waiting to find out if he made the team. "I wasn't overly confident," he admitted. "I knew I put it all out there, but at the same time, you never know what's going to happen. The way it works, you actually don't get any phone calls and that's how you know you made the team. ... Until 6 p.m. on cut day, I just sat around and just hoped my phone wouldn't ring." Following are more highlights from the conversation. To hear the interview, go the Dennis & Callahan audio on demand page. On the difference between college football and the NFL: "The tempo of the game, in terms of getting the call in the huddle, getting out on the field, getting all the adjustments set and playing the game. ... The playbook's probably twice the size on defense and the offensive playbook is even bigger than that. There's a lot more game-planning, so there's a lot more defenses that go in just right on Monday and you have to learn them by Sunday, and that's a little bit different than Boston College." On if going undrafted motivates him: "Yeah, basically every team told me that I wasn't good enough to play for them. And I go out there every week and say, 'What do you mean I'm not good enough to play for you? I'm going to come down here and show you that I can play and I'm going to beat you.' That's the attitude I have going into every game, that's the attitude I have going into every competition, where, 'You don't think I'm good enough? Just turn on the film.' " On if BC linebacker Luke Kuechly could start on an NFL field right now: "I would sure hope so. I don't know if he could or not in terms of everything. I think that he's a great player and I think if he goes through camp and all that stuff and OTAs and everything then he'll have a great shot. I think a one-day turnaround is pretty tough."