Ex-NFL lineman Joe Andruzzi lends a hand after Boston Marathon explosion

joe-andruzzi-boston-marathon-explosion.jpg Joe Andruzzi, an offensive lineman in the NFL from 1997 to 2006, spending four years with the New England Patriots, was at the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday (April 15) hosting an event with his charitable foundation. He was photographed (above) carrying a woman away from the explosion.

He later tweeted, "[Wife] Jen and I are safe. Thanks for all the tweets. ... Our thoughts & prayers are with all the victims and their families impacted at today's Boston Marathon. TY to all our emergency personnel."

The woman in the photograph is unidentified.

Andruzzi also released a statement through his foundation's PR agency, drawing attention to the first responders on site:

Marathon Monday should be about uplifting stories, personal challenges and fundraising milestones, but today's bombings irrevocably changed that," the statement said. "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. They were the true heroes. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by this senseless tragedy.

Andruzzi must have first-responder instincts in his blood -- his three brothers were New York City firefighters involved in the Sept. 11 rescue efforts back in 2001.
Photo/Video credit: Boston Globe