Patriots Helping Marathon Victims

With the tragic events of the Patriots Day Bombings at the Boston Marathon, New England Patriots players, alumni and the team itself have stepped up.

Just moments after the explosions changed lives on Bolyston Street former Patriots lineman Joe Andruzzi was in amongst the injured helping out.  Andruzzi’s foundation sponsored several runners in the marathon on Monday and he and his wife were at the finish line greeting runners when the blasts occurred.

Andruzzi, who had once said if he weren’t a football player he’d have joined the FDNY like his brothers, got involved and was seen carrying an injured woman from the scene.

Andruzzi deflected his heroism and refused to comment about it but took time to praise all the first responders and other emergency personnel.

Andruzzi will forever be remembered for running on the field in Foxboro carrying two American flags in the first Patriots game post September 11.  He, like his brothers who survived the events of September 2001, is now a hero for his actions taken on Patriots Day 2013.

In other post Boston Marathon news the Kraft family has announced they will match $100,000 in donations made through the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation.

Current Patriots players are getting in the act as well.  Defensive lineman Vince Wilfork’s foundation will donate $10,000 to the cause as well.  And you can help out through the end of April by donating on your cell phone by texting VINCE to 50555.  You will then be prompted on how you can donate $10 to the Vince Wilfork Foundation.  As of this writing the foundations has received $22,000 in donations.

Newly acquired wide receiver Danny Amendola is going to donate some money as well.  Amendola announced he will donate $100 for each catch and $200 for each dropped pass this season.

It doesn’t matter how you donate.  Money, time volunteering or donate blood.  Donating blood is simple, easy and painless and takes about 30 minutes.  I was over due on my donation and went today and gave a pint.

And the team also announced there has been one player move as TE Mike Hoomanawanui has signed a new contract for next year.  Hoomanawanui was a restricted free agent and after receiving no offers elsewhere, he has signed his RFA tender.  He will make $1.323 million in 2013.

One final piece of news as their are multiple reports out there that TE Aaron Hernandez underwent shoulder surgery. The good news is that he should be ready for the start of training camp in July.

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photo credit: bill greene – boston globe