Andruzzi still making a difference in region

Joe Andruzzi's best years in the NFL came as a member of the New England Patriots. He started 72 games for the team from 2000-2004 and was a member of all three Super Bowl champion clubs.

In addition to capably manning the right guard spot, Andruzzi was also one of the nicest players that has called the Patriots locker room home over the last decade, so it's a benefit to the region that he's settled permanently in the area.

"We loved this area when I was playing here," said Andruzzi, who resides in Mansfield with his wife Jennifer and their four children (a fifth is on the way).

Andruzzi is still making his mark in New England, primarily through his work with the Joe Andruzzi Foundation. His next charitable event is a golf tournament scheduled for Monday, May 23 at the TPC Boston in Norton, Mass, and while most of the pairings for the tournament are complete, there are still a few openings for individuals. A silent auction, held online, is also part of the event.

Current Patriots players Sebastian Vollmer, Jermaine Cunningham, Tully Banta-Cain, Rob Gronkowski, Rob Ninkovich, Logan Mankins and Dan Koppen are among those scheduled to play in the event. Head strength coach Harold Nash is also scheduled to play, along with former Patriots Matt Chatham, Christian Fauria, Pete Brock, Jim Bowman, Harold Shaw, Jermaine Wiggins and Jon Williams.

All proceeds from the third-annual golf tournament go to the Joe Andruzzi Foundation, which Andruzzi started to help those less fortunate who are fighting cancer. Andruzzi has survived non-Hodgkins Burkitt’s lymphoma.

"As a foundation, we’ve grown 45 percent in two years and touched a lot more lives," Andruzzi said. "The golf tournament is a chance to see what we're all about and the families we're helping, as cancer treatments are getting more and more expensive. We're going to have a good day out there, with a great group of guys and great sponsors who have helped out, and have some fun and raise money."