- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 7 hours and 12 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Gildan Media, LLC
- Audible.com Release Date: June 3, 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00K5T6NES
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What It Takes: Fighting for My Life and My Love of the Game Audible – Unabridged
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Someone reading that at the start of a book review… would most likely think… why would you put that there? Because on page 174 in this soul touching… cathartic… (for the author… and people like myself)… book… former New England Patriot… and stroke survivor… Tedy Bruschi… tells the author: “Mark, don’t forget-you’re a survivor now”… So be proud of being a survivor. Always be proud of that.” The author is… and I most assuredly am. The author Mark Herzlich is a professional football player who was part of the New York Giants Football team when they won the Super Bowl. Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way… let me make clear… what is to me… the most important thing about this book… that every potential reader should know. Yes there is football in this book… and yes the author’s life has been built around it… but in order of importance for potential readers… I would probably list football way down on the list as to why you should buy it. If you are facing a health challenge that is life threatening… or you have a loved one… regardless of their age… that is facing a life threatening situation… or if you are an individual such as myself… who was literally faced with a life and death situation… where you didn’t know if you would be alive the next day… this book is for you! To read about someone in exacting detail… going through very much of what you have gone through… from finding out with virtually no warning that you may die… to your courage shaking first encounter (unfortunately the first of uncountable encounters) with an MRI machine… to describing..Read more ›
I'd sincerely recommend to read this book.
"What It Takes" is an honest, sometimes gut-wrenching, account of Mark Herzlich's battle against an often-fatal cancer. What really spoke to me was the relationship with his parents and brother - a very strong support system, along with his best friend. His parents backed him up in what was a crucial, potentially life-or-death decision that would make the difference between having a chance, however slim, to play football again, or giving up that chance forever and having a more reliable shot at a cure. Very gutsy people, the Herzlichs.
Although we know the outcome, this is a riveting story, and well-crafted. I've met Mark very briefly, twice, and found him to be a personable, humble young man. I liked him even more after reading the book. He is a fierce, often brutal competitor on the field, and sets the bar for himself very high; cancer had a formidable foe in him. He is also, however, a gentle spirit who loves his family and fiancee (his relationship with his younger brother is special.) What It Takes is courage, love, perseverance and faith, something Herzy has in abundance.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great story of the courage and strength to beat the diagnosis and continue to pursue his dream of playing football in the NFL.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very good story with insights to playing football and also undergoing treatment for cancer.Published 9 months ago by K. Miller
A story of a truly strong person backed by a very strong and loving family.Published 12 months ago by Ellen L. Zamecnik-Bowley
Probably the most gripping and heart-warming story I have ever read. So glad I got it. It makes my outlook on life warmer and more optimistic!Published 13 months ago by Dan Caso
This book takes you inside the real story of Mark Herzlich s battle with cancer. It is also a motivator.Published 14 months ago by Tyler E Doll
Amazing book, very inspirational, Mark Herzlich is an amazing person.Published 20 months ago by christine miloscia