Three-time Patriots Super Bowl champion Joe Andruzzi gets his college degree

Speaker: Joe Andruzzi, former offensive guard for the New England Patriots Date: May 17More infoSenator Ed Markey will also address graduates on May 17 and Billy Starr, the founder and executive director of the Pan-Mass Challenge, will address the School of Graduate Studies on May 15.
Joe Andruzzi. –Aram Boghosian for The Boston Globe

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Three-time Super Bowl champion and cancer survivor Joe Andruzzi can now add college graduate to his list of accomplishments.

Andruzzi on Monday received his degree in liberal studies from Southern Connecticut State University President Joe Bertolino, 22 years after he left the Division II school for the NFL.

Andruzzi told the Hartford Courant the school taught him that ‘‘hard work and dedication is going to push you in life.’’

He always intended to finish his degree, but said football, then non-Hodgkin Burkitt lymphoma, derailed him.

The 43-year-old former offensive lineman from New York City played for the Green Bay Packers and Cleveland Browns, but is best known for helping the New England Patriots win three Super Bowls.

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Bertolino says Andruzzi embodies the university’s values of ‘‘treating people with dignity, respect, kindness, compassion and civility.’’

Joe Andruzzi carried a woman from the scene of dual blasts near the finish line on Marathon Monday in 2013. —Bill Greene/Globe Staff/File/2013