Former Patriots fullback James Develin ran the Boston Marathon for the first time Monday, and the 33-year-old said his time in New England helped inspire his efforts.
Develin, who retired from the NFL in 2019, finished the 26.2-mile run in 4 hours, 27 minutes, 17 seconds. He ran in support of the Joe Andruzzi Foundation, an organization started by its namesake — a former Patriots offensive lineman — that supports cancer patients and their loved ones.
“It was very similar,” Develin told WBZ-TV’s Eric Fisher. “Every Sunday I was there and I was willing to put my body through the ringer to get the job done for my team. That’s kind of what it was here. Standings at the starting line, I knew I was in for four and a half hours of step after step. But football taught me a lot about the sacrifices I can put on body, and here I am.”
Develin played all seven seasons of his NFL career in New England, winning three Super Bowls with the team (2015, 2017, 2019). He was a Pro Bowl selection in 2017.
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