Joe Andruzzi played 10 NFL seasons for the Packers, Patriots and Browns, his last game coming in 2006. On Monday, April 15, he was among the first responders to the tragedy at the Boston Marathon.
It wasn't the first time that the Andruzzi family had gone into harm's way to help others. Joe has three brothers, all New York City firefighters, all first responders on 9/11.
In the aftermath of the Boston bombing, Andruzzi wanted to deflect attention away from himself.
“I am definitely not a hero,” he said a day after the tragedy. “I am just a bystander, and that led to my help. Many heroes that I look upon are people like my three brothers that are running into burning buildings when others are running out. Explosions are going off, and they are driving their cars down Boylston [Street] right into the heart of the scene. They are the people that don't care about their safety and are worried for other people's safety and survival.”
Andruzzi is expected to be on hand when the Patriots go on the clock during the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Look for Commissioner Roger Goodell to give mike to marathon hero Joe Andruzzi to announce Pats first pick— Karen Guregian (@kguregian) April 25, 2013
The Patriots hold the 29th pick and, assuming they don't trade out of the first round, expect Radio City Music Hall to honor Andruzzi with a hero's welcome because, well, that's what he is.