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Joe Andruzzi stricken with lymphoma

Postby stomperrob » Fri Jun 01, 2007 8:32 pm

Guard Andruzzi hospitalized with lymphoma


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CLEVELAND (June 1, 2007) -- Veteran offensive lineman Joe Andruzzi, released by the Cleveland Browns last month after two seasons with the club, has been diagnosed with a treatable form of non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

His agent, Joe Linta, said that the 31-year-old Andruzzi has begun getting chemotherapy treatments at the Dana Farber Institute in Boston, a hospital for which he helped raise money while playing for the New England Patriots.

"While this condition is very serious, both Joe and his doctors feel he will be quickly on his way to a full recovery," Linta said in a statement. "He is being treated by some of the best specialists in the country for his affliction. Joe is confident that he could not be in better hands.

"He would like to thank all of his fans and friends for the tremendous outpouring of support and prayers."

During training camp in 2002 for New England, Andruzzi became friends with a young cancer patient named C.J. Buckley. Following the 17-year-old's death, Andruzzi helped establish a trust fund in Buckley's name to benefit children's brain cancer research.

A father of four, Andruzzi was cut by the Browns last month as they continued to rebuild their offensive line. Andruzzi, who was signed by Cleveland as a free agent in 2005, had two more years left on his contract.

He started 27 games for Cleveland coach Romeo Crennel, who first worked with Andruzzi on three Super Bowl-winning teams in New England. The two have remained close and Crennel said it was a tough decision to let Andruzzi go.

The Browns issued a statement in support of Andruzzi and his family.

"While in Cleveland, Joe's leadership and strength were enormous both on the field and in the locker room," the club said. "If anyone can fight through this, it is Joe."

Andruzzi, who played on sore knees last season, spent three years with Green Bay before joining the Patriots in 2000.



Hope all goes well with his treatment! ;-D
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Postby dgan » Fri Jun 01, 2007 9:20 pm

Scared the crap out of me! I see lymphoma and I think Hodgkins. Glad to see this is not that and should be treatable...
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Postby TheDiplomats » Fri Jun 01, 2007 11:09 pm

Good thing it is non-Hodgkins. Hopefully the treatment goes well for him..he was a pretty good player for the Pats while they had him.
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Postby Kilroy » Sat Jun 02, 2007 1:51 am

Get well soon Joe.

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Postby dgan » Sat Jun 02, 2007 2:04 am

I remember Andruzzi hanging on with the Packers at the beginning of his career...always an overachiever that just worked his butt off. A fan favorite for sure, who would have stayed with the Packers if not for salaray cap restraints. Plus just one of the real good guys of the NFL who really has his head on straight.

He'll always be pictured in my mind remembering on several occasions the FDNY following 9/11 (he has 3 brothers in the FDNY).

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Postby treat24 » Sat Jun 02, 2007 8:17 am

dgan wrote:I remember Andruzzi hanging on with the Packers at the beginning of his career...always an overachiever that just worked his butt off. A fan favorite for sure, who would have stayed with the Packers if not for salaray cap restraints. Plus just one of the real good guys of the NFL who really has his head on straight.

He'll always be pictured in my mind remembering on several occasions the FDNY following 9/11 (he has 3 brothers in the FDNY).

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Get well, Joe!


very nice post...

get well soon man, good luck ;-D
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Postby mrblitz » Sat Jun 02, 2007 9:17 am

Hopefully it's been detected early, and is treatable, that appears to be the case. Very scary though.
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Postby BlueBandit24 » Sat Jun 02, 2007 11:42 am

Good luck to Joe on a speedy recovery. Truly one of the class guys in the NFL.
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