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Former Patriot Joe Andruzzi Honored At NFL Draft

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Former New England Patriots player Joe Andruzzi and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell hold up a New England Patriot jersey with the # 617 on it in honor of the victims and those affected by this years bombing at the Boston Marathon at the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 25, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Former New England Patriots player Joe Andruzzi and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell hold up a New England Patriot jersey with the # 617 on it in honor of the victims and those affected by this years bombing at the Boston Marathon at the 2013 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 25, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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BOSTON (AP/CBS) – Former New England Patriots guard and three-time Super Bowl Champion Joe Andruzzi was honored at Thursday night’s NFL Draft as a first responder to the Boston Marathon Bombings.

Andruzzi, who carried an injured female runner to safety after the explosions, displayed a jersey with the city’s 617 area code and “Boston Strong” written on the front. He was supposed to announce New England’s pick, but the Patriots dealt the 29th selection to Minnesota for four picks in later rounds.

“There’s a new saying in Boston: Boston Strong,” Andruzzi, a native New Yorker, told the crowd.

Andruzzi then revealed the jersey as “Sweet Caroline” played on the loudspeakers. The crowd, which consisted of a mix of NFL fans, broke into a “Boston Strong” chant.

Andruzzi’s brothers were first responders for 9/11 in New York City.

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