Tony Siragusa death: Former NFL great was reportedly receiving CPR while police were called

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Tony Siragusa, a former NFL defensive lineman, died Wednesday in a New Jersey home. He was 55 years old.

Toms River police officers answered a call at a house in the barrier island section of the city and dispatchers were told that “CPR was underway,” authorities told TMZ Sports. Siragusa was later pronounced dead at home.

Jim Ornstein, the former NFL player’s TV agent, confirmed Siragusa’s death. The cause of death was not immediately known.

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Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens’ defensive tackle Tony Siragusa holds the Vince Lombardi trophy as he rides with his wife Kathy in a parade in his hometown of Kenilworth, NJ on March 4, 2001.
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“This is a very sad day,” Ornstein said. “Tony was much more than my client. He was a family. My heart is with him dear to him.”

Siragusa, who was fondly known as “Goose,” entered the NFL in 1990 as an undrafted free agent when he signed with the Colts.

He played 96 games for the organization and recorded 16.5 sacks from 1990 to 1996. He joined the Ravens in 1997 and played for them until 2001. Along with players such as Ray Lewis, Jamal Lewis, Rod Woodson and Jamie Sharper defeated the New York Giants in the 2001 Super Bowl.

Many around the NFL are feeling the loss.

“This is tough. I love Goose like a brother,” said Ray Lewis. “From the first day we met, I knew life was different. I knew he was someone who would change my life forever. He was a one of a kind person who made you feel important and special. You can never replace him with a man like that.

TONY SIRAGUSA, SUPER BOWL CHAMPION DEFENSIVE LINEMAN, DIED AT 55

Fox Sports reporter Tony Siragusa works pitchside during a game between the Chicago Bears and the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on December 30, 2012 in Detroit.

Fox Sports reporter Tony Siragusa works pitchside during a game between the Chicago Bears and the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on December 30, 2012 in Detroit.
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“On the pitch, he was the last competitor to bring out the best in all of us. We should never put off tomorrow for what we can do today. Hug your loved ones for Goose. We have all been so blessed that God gave it to us. time together to celebrate our 2000 team a few weeks ago.

“To the Siragusa family: we have lost a great man, but God has gained a great angel. May they be blessed, held back and comforted by the peace he brought to all who met him”.

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

After his retirement, Siragusa became a sideline reporter for Fox Sports and appeared in “The Sopranos”

Tony Siragusa, nose of the Baltimore Ravens, during a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 19, 1999, at PSINet Stadium in Baltimore.

Tony Siragusa, nose of the Baltimore Ravens, during a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 19, 1999, at PSINet Stadium in Baltimore.
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“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.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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