You may have noticed a bit of a slow down in writing productivity around these parts yesterday afternoon. Oh, on the whole there were still sufficient words to keep you satiated, but a few posts that you’ll see a little later this morning were left in the hopper. Frankly, after the explosions in Boston, I had a hard time caring about football.

We’ll return to your normally scheduled programming today, passing along the regular pre-draft speculation mixed in with the offseason news of April, and how it affects your team, either in reality or fantasy. But yesterday that seemed too trivial after an athletic event was disrupted with a senseless act of violence, and one that received a heroic and immediate response.

There was an NFL connection among those instinctive responders who put themselves in harm’s way by rushing to the scene of chaos.

Joe Andruzzi is a retired offensive lineman who spent seven years in the NFL, playing for the Browns, Patriots, and Packers. He spent the majority of his career in New England, where he spent five seasons, and three of those ended in a championship. He was at the finish line yesterday, which is when this happened…


That’s Andruzzi being one of those complete strangers who helped immediately and instinctively. In a statement, Andruzzi — whose brothers are New York City firefighters — said the reaction was a team effort. No, a community effort…

“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.”