Boston College’s Herzlich wins Disney Spirit Award

Boston College linebacker Mark Herzlich has won the Disney

Spirit Award given to college football’s most inspirational

figure.

Herzlich accepted the honor at the annual college football

awards at Disney World on Thursday night.

Herzlich overcame a rare form of bone cancer. He was the

Atlantic Coast Conference defensive player of the year last season

and also helped bring about $120,000 in donations for

cancer-related causes.

Herzlich sat out this season but expects to play next year.

Herzlich’s final treatment came in November. He’s already announced

that he’s cancer free.

Herzlich will have a rod put his leg to support and strengthen

the bone with an eye toward a 2010 return.