Herzlich looks forward to return

NEWTON, Mass. -- For the past year and a half, Mark Herzlich has incessantly talked about running through Alumni Stadium's tunnel for his triumphant return to Boston College's roster. And when No. 94 finally sprints out on Saturday -- Sept. 4, as in 9/4 -- two rows of pediatric cancer patients will be waiting for him.

"It's pretty sweet," said Herzlich, who successfully fought off a rare form of bone cancer called Ewing's sarcoma. "Just make sure they stay far enough to the side so Thomas Claiborne doesn't run over any of them."

Cancer-free since October, Herzlich hasn't shied away from his status as a poster boy, collecting roughly $200,000 for Ewing's sarcoma research. Scores of survivors will be on hand Saturday, and Herzlich's father secured 75 seats for the home opener against Weber State at 1 p.m.

"It will be cool to see everyone," said Herzlich, who had a metal rod inserted in his leg. "To see the kids, what they're going through is where I was at."

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