But despite wanting to mash them into the ground very badly, there are some opponents I have great respect for and Boston College is one of those teams. They play hard-tough-and-fair football, blue-collar-physical football, rainy-weather-muddy-field-3rd-and-1 football, and they play to the echo of the whistle and no further (sound familiar Hokie fans?). That's the foundation this great game is built on and I love it.
One of the great ambassadors of this type of football is BC linebacker Mark Herzlich; a player I'd be proud to cheer if he were a Hokie and an opponent I love to see mashed into the ground because I recognize how rare it is and how tough he is to beat. And this big-time footballer, and current ACC Defensive Player of the Year has been diagnosed with cancer.
Mark Herzlich, we at TSF offer our best wishes to you and your family as you battle through this and , as fans of football the way it is meant to be played, we hope that you beat this cancer into a bloody pulp and mash it into the ground so that we can see you on the gridiron again this fall.