Former football player Joe Andruzzi was seen helping a victim after the explosions at Monday’s Boston Marathon.
Andruzzi was near the finish line because of his fundraiser's presence at the race. The Joe Andruzzi Foundation, which gives assistance to cancer patients, was hosting a party right by where the incident took place. Andruzzi, himself, is a cancer survivor.
A picture taken by Boston Globe photographer Bill Greene showed Andruzzi carrying a woman who appeared to be in need of help. Andruzzi released a statement after he started to receive praise for his actions.
“Marathon Monday should be about uplifting stories, personal challenges and fundraising milestones, but today’s bombings irrevocably changed that."
“While I appreciate the interest in hearing our perspective on today’s horrific events, the spotlight should remain firmly on the countless individuals -- first responders, medics, EMTs, runners who crossed the finish line and kept on running straight to give blood, and the countless civilians who did whatever they could to save lives.”
Andruzzi no longer plays football professionally, but he spent nine years in the NFL. He split his time with the Green Bay Packers, New England Patriots and Cleveland Browns.
The offensive guard was undrafted coming out of Southern Connecticut State in 1997. However he managed to play on several winning teams, including three Super Bowl champions.
Andruzzi is no stranger to heroic acts during times of crisis. His three brothers are New York firefighters, who aided in helping survivors after the attacks at the World Trade Center on 9/11.