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    Boston Marathon Heroism: Former New England Patriots Star Joe Andruzzi Carries Bombing Victim, Thanks All Who Saved Lives

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    Talk about a photo to remember.

    In a heroic pic from yesterday's horrific Boston Marathon bombings, former New England Patriots offensive lineman Joe Andruzzi can be seen carrying a female victim just after the two explosions went off killing at least three and wounding dozens of others.

    The 37-year-old football player holds a woman dressed in running gear while walking down Boston's Exeter Street. Ambulances can also be seen in the background.

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    Both Andruzzi, dressed in jeans and a marathon shirt, and the female runner are visible shaken while heading away from the finish line, where yesterday's tragedy occurred. But the footballer is speaking out about where he'd like the focus to be.

    "Marathon Monday should be about uplifting stories, personal challenges and fundraising milestones, but today's bombings irrevocably changed that," Andruzzi said in a statement obtained by E! News. "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's family has a history of do-gooder ways. His three brothers, all NYC firefighters, were on duty on the day of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

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