We’ll always remember Joe Andruzzi in the aftermath of 9/11. In the first game played in Foxboro 12 days later the New England Patriots honored New York police and firefighters, which included the brothers of Patriots lineman Joe Andruzzi.
As fate would have it Monday, Andruzzi was on the scene.
Joe Andruzzi played for the New England Patriots from 2000 through 2004, and in the NFL from 1997 through 2006. He was an undrafted guard out of Southern Connecticut State, and his NFL career was cut short when he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins’ lymphoma. Andruzzi won three Super Bowls and an Ed Block Courage award during his time as a football player, but his most notable and admirable challenges were yet to come.
After football, he formed the Joe Andruzzi Foundation, which provides financial assistance to cancer patients. Andruzzi’s foundation is also heavily involved in the Boston Marathon through the John Hancock Non-Profit Marathon Foundation, which put Andruzzi squarely in the middle of the bombing that happened on Monday afternoon. At this time, three are reported dead and over 130 injured.
Anduzzi is one of countless people who jumped into action Monday in the immediate aftermath of the terror attack. It’s horrific times like this when the best in people emerges. It’s a silver lining there were so many police and first responders on hand, otherwise the death toll may well have been much greater.
Andruzzi sent out this message on Twitter last night. Send him thanks.