Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich
Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich, who missed this season after he was diagnosed in May with Ewing's Sarcoma cancer, will be awarded an honorary Lott Trophy, the sponsors of the trophy announced Tuesday.
It's quite an honor, considering only one other honorary Lott Trophy has been awarded, the first going to the family of Pat Tillman in 2004. Tillman, the former college and NFL standout, volunteered for the military and was killed in Afghanistan.
Herzlich was a quarterfinalist for the Lott Trophy in 2008 and on the watch list for 2009.
“Mark Herzlich represents all that is good in today’s student-athlete and epitomizes what we look for in Lott Trophy candidates,” John Hamilton, Chairman of the Board of the IMPACT Foundation, said in a prepared statement. “His perseverance, attitude and good works are an inspiration to all of us who love college football.”
Named after Hall of Famer Ronnie Lott, the Lott Trophy is awarded to college football’s Defensive IMPACT Player of the Year.
Even as a student coach on the sidelines this year, there's no question Herzlich has made an impact on the Eagles this season, as well as many of us who have followed his inspirational story.