Joe Andruzzi Answers the Call to Duty

Joe Andruzzi / AP
• April 16, 2013 9:31 am


Another chapter in the history of the legendary House Andruzzi was written yesterday when, amid the chaos on the Boston streets of Boylston and Commonwealth, former New England Patriots guard Joe Andruzzi came to the rescue of victims of the explosions at the 2013 Boston Marathon.

Andruzzi had been live tweeting the marathon close to the first blast site. After the explosions occurred, his account went silent.  Deadspin tells us why:

Andruzzi—who won the NFL's Ed Block Courage Award and three Super Bowls with the Patriots—appears to have rushed into action to help victims, if this photo above is any indication. Andruzzi's not identified by name in the photo caption, but a user on Twitter noticed the image in a CNN gallery & asked if it was the former New England player. (Andruzzi eventually did return to Twitter to confirm he was OK.)

Andruzzi is the self-proclaimed ‘black sheep' in his family. He has three other brothers. Joe, the football player, outgrew brothers Jimmy, Billy, and Marc, who were all first responders at Ground Zero in New York City on September 11, 2001.

Whether there is crisis at the banks of the Charles River or on the Hudson, as Patton Oswalt put it, "The good outnumber you, and we always will."

The Andruzzi boys put "the good" up by four.

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