CLEVELAND (AP) _ Veteran offensive lineman Joe Andruzzi,
released by the Cleveland Browns last month after two seasons with
the club, has been diagnosed with a treatable form of non-Hodgkins
His agent, Joe Linta, said Friday that the 31-year-old Andruzzi
has begun getting chemotherapy treatments at the Dana Farber
Institute in Boston, a hospital for which he helped raise money
while playing for the New England Patriots.
``While this condition is very serious, both Joe and his doctors
feel he will be quickly on his way to a full recovery," Linta said
in a statement. ``He is being treated by some of the best
specialists in the country for his affliction. Joe is confident
that he could not be in better hands.
``He would like to thank all of his fans and friends for the
tremendous outpouring of support and prayers."
During training camp in 2002 for New England, Andruzzi became
friends with a young cancer patient named C.J. Buckley. Following
the 17-year-old's death, Andruzzi helped establish a trust fund in
Buckley's name to benefit children's brain cancer research.
A father of four, Andruzzi was cut by the Browns last month as
they continued to rebuild their offensive line. Andruzzi, who was
signed by Cleveland as a free agent in 2005, had two more years
left on his contract.
He started 27 games for Cleveland coach Romeo Crennel, who first
worked with Andruzzi on three Super Bowl-winning teams in New
England. The two have remained close and Crennel said it was a
tough decision to let Andruzzi go.
The Browns issued a statement in support of Andruzzi and his
``While in Cleveland, Joe's leadership and strength were
enormous both on the field and in the locker room," the club said.
``If anyone can fight through this, it is Joe."
Andruzzi, who played on sore knees last season, spent three
years with Green Bay before joining the Patriots in 2000.
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