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Former Brown Joe Andruzzi and brothers help CBS commemorate 9/11

By Marla Published: September 7, 2011

Former Browns offensive lineman Joe Andruzzi and his brothers Billy and Marc, both firefighters in New York City on Sept. 11, 2001, will relive their memories of the terrorist attack 10 years ago on Sunday's "The NFL Today" on CBS.

The Andruzzis will be interviewed by Lesley Visser for a segment during the broadcast from noon-1 p.m.

Andruzzi, then with the New England Patriots, was at the dentist's office in Foxborough, according to a press release from CBS. His three brothers -- Billy, Jimmy and Marc -- were on the scene. Jimmy was on the 27th floor of the North Tower of the World Trade Center when ordered to evacuate. Of the 343 firemen who died that day, the Andruzzis estimate they knew 200.

It wasn't until five hours later that Joe knew his brothers were safe.

In the aftermath, the Andruzzi firefighters worked at Ground Zero and attended funerals for their fallen brethren. When the NFL returned to action on September 23, Andruzzi's brothers served as honorary captains for the Patriots' game against the New York Jets and Joe led the Pats' out of the tunnel carrying the American flag.

The brothers gathered again on Feb. 3, 2002 as guests of then-NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue as Joe competed in Super Bowl XXXVI.

Andruzzi played for the Browns in 2005-06.


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