The New England Patriots may have traded their 29th pick to the Minnesota Vikings during Thursday's NFL draft, but former Patriots player Joe Andruzzi was still afforded a moment to honor those affected by the tragedy at the Boston Marathon.
At the tail end of an emotional night, the Super Bowl champion and former Patriots offensive guard walked to the podium to give a heartfelt speech and present a special Patriots jersey emblazoned with the Boston area code of 617. Image via Bleacher Report's Twitter.
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As CBS Sports reported, the Patriots traded away their 29th pick to the Vikings, a spot that was dedicated to Andruzzi's address. While the 37-year-old wasn't able to hand the jersey to a New England selection, he still managed to move the room to cheers of "Boston strong."
Andruzzi spoke with emotion and seemed on the brink of tears. Knowing what the man has seen, it was to be expected.
CBS Sports' Ryan Wilson previously reported Andruzzi would make his speech at some point in the draft and recalled the experience of the former NFL player during a harrowing time at the marathon.
Andruzzi was present when two bombs exploded near the end of the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring over 170 bystanders.
An image of Andruzzi carrying a runner from the scene has made its way around the Internet and reminds what kind of man he is.
Not that he is looking for applause or any amount of credit. In the aftermath, he spoke to the Boston Globe and offered that others were the true heroes:
I am definitely not a hero. 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.
The report reminds that he has three brothers who are firefighters, all three were first responders on Sept. 11 in New York City.
A city and a nation continue to heal after a tragic event took place at marathon renowned for its goodwill and camaraderie.
It was a great nod to those affected, delivered by the perfect man to give such a speech.
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