DM – Former NFL player Joe Andruzzi, a prolific Twitter user, made it well known that he was near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday – posting live updates as runners pounded down the home stretch. So, when his feed went silent for several hours after the bomb blasts, fans feared for him. When he resurfaced publicly, he emerged a hero. A Boston Globe photographer snapped the 290-pound football player rescuing a hurt spectator – hoisting her in his arms and carrying her down the sidewalk. And bravery runs in his family. All three of his brothers are New York firefighters who rushed to the World Trade Center after the September 11 attacks. Video footage from the moments after the blasts show three teenage girls trying to carry their injured mother on their backs. Panic crosses their tear-filled faces as they realize they’re not strong enough to hoist her. Suddenly, a Adruzzi can be seen running up to the woman and lifting her off her feet. The woman’s face is pained and girls, who appear to be her daughters, run behind her as Andruzzi carries her away. Andruzzi himself has made no mention of his heroic act. Two hours after the disaster, he tweeted that he and his wife Jen were OK.
Later he released a statement in response to numerous requests for comment:
‘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,’ he said.’They were the true heroes. Our thoughts prayers go out to all those affected by this senseless tragedy.’
He declined further comment on his actions.
We already posted the picture of Joe Andruzzi playing the role of hero, but for some reason I kind of got chills reading this story. Isn’t this what a real hero is all about? A guy who wants no credit for doing anything? Believe it or not I actually had 3 media agencies contact me asking for Andruzzi’s contact info after seeing the picture. I just told them to tweet at him. This explains why they were asking me for it. He wasn’t responding to media inquiries. Never mentioned this picture or what he did until forced to. Just do your job. That’s truly the Patriot Way and so opposite of almost everything we see in the media today where it is a race to take credit for everything. Refreshing doesn’t even being to describe how refreshing it is. I don’t care what Joe Andruzzi says. He’s as true an American hero as there is.