Former Patriots offensive lineman Joe Andruzzi read with interest the story of 2011 New England fifth-round draft choice Marcus Cannon, who was recently told he had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.
Andruzzi's own career was derailed by non-Hodgkins Burkitt’s lymphoma and he now channels his efforts toward helping cancer patients through the Joe Andruzzi Foundation.
"I wish him all the best moving forward," Andruzzi said this week. "Thankfully he went to the combine, they examined him, and they caught it early enough. If there is a chance to talk to him, I would love to. You start with the understanding that what you're going through is going to be tough and it's the type of thing where you take a one-day-at-a-time approach. The idea is that you don't know what the future brings, and you can't change the past, so you have to live for today. That's what I tell many people -- live each day to the fullest."
There is a good chance that Andruzzi, who is now healthy and expecting his fifth child with his wife Jennifer later this year, will have a chance to catch up with Cannon once the lockout ends. In each of the last two offseasons, Andruzzi has been working as a part-time coach in the Patriots' strength and conditioning program.