The senseless acts of violence at Monday's Boston Marathon were truly horrifying and tragic, but those who were so quick to help and prevent more loss of life provide for inspirational and courageous stories during this dark time.
Among those who rushed to the aid of the victims and put the needs of others before their own include police officers, firefighters, first-responders, nearby civilians and runners in the race.
You can add former New England Patriots offensive lineman Joe Andruzzi to that list.
Now 37 with his own foundation that was working during the Boston Marathon, Andruzzi had a very serviceable career in the pros since first catching on with the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted rookie in 1997. After a short stint with the Scottish Claymores in NFL Europe in '98, Andruzzi would go on to feature in three Super Bowl-winning seasons with the Patriots, and he retired in 2006 after two seasons in Cleveland.
When the explosions went off, the three-time Super Bowl champion—who almost unsurprisingly is the brother of three New York City firemen—was quick to help those who were in need (h/t Yahoo! Sports' Doug Farrar).
In this video, you can see Andruzzi rushing to the aid of the injured and panicked woman (pictured above).
He tweeted out his prayers later in the day:
Our thoughts & prayers are with all the victims and their families impacted at today's Boston Marathon.TY to all our emergency personnel.— Joe Andruzzi (@Andruzzi63) April 15, 2013
It is Andruzzi who reminds us what it is to be a genuinely good person and hero. It's those who were willing to run into danger and potentially risk their lives who deserve special recognition, and it's they who display the heart, compassion and courage that should inspire and bring us together as a nation.