Mark Herzlich Drafted By Omaha Nighthawks In 2011 UFL Draft

Last night, the United Football League (UFL) held its 2011 Draft on Twitter. No, seriously, they drafted players on Twitter. In all, there were 10 rounds and 52 total selections for the fledgling league's six teams. 

And with the 51st selection of the 2011 UFL Draft, the Omaha Nighthawks select ...

"#51 OVERALL - OMAHA NIGHTHAWKS - LB MARK HERZLICH, LB, BOSTON COLLEGE

Herzlich was one of the best stories in all of college football in 2010. After missing the entire 2009 season due to his diagnosis of Ewing's sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, Herzlich returned for the 2010 season and started all 13 games for Boston College. He recorded 65 total tackles and 50 solo stops, both good for third on the team, while picking off four passes. Herzlich also had 3.5 tackles for loss, four pass breakups and two forced fumbles as a senior last fall."

And with one selection late in the draft, the UFL did what the NFL did not -- pick the Boston College linebacker and cancer survivor. Smart. 

Fun facts about the Omaha Nighthawks: Last year, they were coached by former Boston College head coach Jeff Jagodzinski. The Nighthawks got off to a fast 3-1 start last season before losing their last four games to finish with a record of 3-5. Maurice Clarett is arguably the team's most recognizable player.

Fun facts about the UFL: Herzlich joins former Eagles Josh Beekman (Virginia Destroyers) and Will Blackmon (Virginia, unsigned) as the only BC players currently listed on a UFL roster.

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