PLYMOUTH, Mass. -- When three-time New England Patriots Super Bowl champion Joe Andruzzi was undergoing treatment for non-Hodgkins Burkitt’s lymphoma after being diagnosed in 2007, he did everything in his power to keep a positive approach.
He says staying upbeat helped him through trying times, and it's something he now tries to help others with through his charitable foundation.
That was evident at Pine Hills Golf Course on Monday, when Andruzzi and his wife Jen hosted their eighth-annual tournament that raised record funds (more than $300,000) to help cancer patients and the pin at each hole included a red, white and blue flag that read "Up Beat Cancer."
"It's geared toward how I battled cancer and having that upbeat attitude and staying positive during those tough times in your life, whether it's cancer or anything else going on in your life that's tough," the 40-year-old Andruzzi said. "Staying upbeat and positive is truly the hardest and spreading that word and those smiles is very rewarding."
Andruzzi's approach was the same on the golf course Monday, as his foursome listened to music blaring from golf carts throughout its round. At one point, Andruzzi playfully blew a foghorn while one of his fellow golfers, Ed Medeiros, was teeing off on the 11th.
He had support from several golfers Monday with Patriots ties, including defensive end Rob Ninkovich, special-teams captain Matthew Slater, offensive linemen Bryan Stork and David Andrews, running backs coach Ivan Fears, strength coach Moses Cabrera, and former linebackers Steve Nelson and Matt Chatham.
Andruzzi has maintained a strong connection to the team as well, assisting Cabrera in the weight room at times.