Tony Siragusa, a former NFL player and sideline journalist, has died at the age of 55

Tony Siragusa, the charismatic defensive tackle who helped lead a robust Baltimore defense to the Super Bowl title, is dead. He was 55 years old.

The Baltimore Ravens, for whom Siragusa played five seasons, said Siragusa died “unexpectedly” on Wednesday morning. A cause of death was not immediately given.

New Orleans Saints vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers - November 5, 2006
Tony Siragusa as a reporter on the sidelines of an NFL match between the New Orleans Saints and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on November 5, 2006.

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“This is a very sad day,” Siragusa TV agent Jim Ornstein told The Associated Press. “Tony was much more than my client, he was a family. My heart is with his loved ones.”

Siragusa, known as “the Goose”, played seven seasons with the Indianapolis Colts and five with the Ravens. The Baltimore 2000 team won the Super Bowl behind a defense that included Siragusa, Ray Lewis and Sam Adams.

“This is tough. I love Goose like a brother,” Lewis said in a statement Wednesday, adding, “He was a one of a kind person who made you feel important and special. You can never replace a man like that.”

Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay tweeted: “The Goose squeezed 200 fun-loving years into 55! He was one of the physically strongest players I’ve seen in 50 years. In Greece, they would have asked 1 question at the end of the game. his own life; Did he have passion? In Tony’s case … Yes, he did !! “

Siragusa was popular with fans due to his fun-loving personality, which also helped him quickly transition into broadcasting after his playing career.

Siragusa arrived in Baltimore as a free agent in 1997 and teamed up with Adams to form a massive defensive tandem. In the Ravens’ 2000 championship season, the 6-foot-3 340-pound Siragusa was sixth among Baltimore defenders with 75 tackles.

“It was an honor and a privilege to stand alongside Tony Siragusa,” Adams said in a statement following the news of Siragusa’s death. “He made the game fun and was a real competitor. Our D-line room was special on and off the pitch. May he rest easy and God bless and protect his family.”

Siragusa ended his career with 22 sacks.

The news of Siragusa’s death came on what was already a tragic day for the Ravens. The Jaylon Ferguson’s deatha linebacker for Baltimore at the age of 26 was announced earlier in the day.

“This is a tremendously sad day for the Baltimore Ravens,” said owner Steve Bisciotti. “We appreciate everyone who has expressed a wave of support for our players, coaches and staff.”

Siragusa was a famous football player and wrestler at David Brearley High School in New Jersey. He then played collegially in Pittsburgh, where he had a reputation for batting well before his NFL career.

“If I wanted to learn a school song, I would have gone to Notre Dame or Penn State,” he once said. “I want to kill people on the soccer field. That’s why I came to Pitt.”

Siragusa was not chosen prior to signing with Indianapolis, but turned out to be a championship-winning force in the NFL. Then he brought his personality to the airwaves, working for Fox’s NFL coverage.

“His unparalleled passion for football has made him one of the most charismatic personalities to ever step foot on the grid or in front of a camera,” Fox Sports said in a statement. “Goose was natural in his ability to connect the sport and its players with fans around the world.”

Siragusa also had a role in HBO’s “The Sopranos” and hosted shows on the Discovery Channel and DIY Network.

“Tony was really bigger than life, on and off the pitch,” said Pat Narduzzi, Pitt’s current football manager. “He played with passion and relentlessness. Despite not being drafted, he thrived in the NFL for 12 years. His post-football life took him so many places but he never forgot Pitt. We could always count on him to send the best recorded pep talks with our boys before our biggest games. “


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