Tony Siragusa dies at 55: former Colts and Ravens DT, nicknamed ‘Goose’, won Super Bowl with Baltimore

Former NFL defensive tackle Tony Siragusa died Wednesday, according to the Baltimore Ravens. He was 55 years old. “Goose,” as his fans called him, played for the Indianapolis Colts for seven seasons from 1990 to 1996, and then signed with the Ravens in 1997. He was a member of Baltimore’s Super Bowl XXXV team and retired. after the 2001 season.

“I am heartbroken as is the whole Colts Nation”, the owner of Colts Jim Irsay tweeted.

The 6-foot 3,330-pound defender was not chosen by Pittsburgh in 1990 but found a home in Indy and established himself as an anchor inside. In 169 career games, Siragusa has collected 564 combined tackles and 22 sacks.

Still the colorful character, he joined Fox as a sideline reporter after retirement, working for the company for nearly a decade. Siragusa was not your typical pitchside reporter, however, as he also provided comments from his post about him on the pitch, making him a notable media personality. He also immersed himself in the world of acting, also appearing in “The Sopranos”.

The owner of the Ravens Steve Bisciotti issued a statement Wednesday afternoon after hearing the news:

“Renee and I are stunned and heartbroken to learn of Tony Siragusa’s sudden disappearance. He was a special person and clearly one of the most popular players in the history of the Ravens. Tony’s out-of-the-ordinary personality made a huge impact. on our organization and throughout the Baltimore community. On the football field, Goose has made a difference and contributed immeasurably to the success of many of the Ravens’ great defenses, including the record-breaking Super Bowl 2000 team. Our heartfelt prayers and condolences go out to Kathy, their three children and the rest of the Siragusa family. This is a tremendously sad day for the Baltimore Ravens. We appreciate everyone who has expressed a wave of support for our players, coaches and staff. “

Siragusa’s former teammate, the legendary Ray Lewis, also made a strong statement lamenting the loss of the player he shared so many shots with, via NFL Media.

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

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 us that 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. “

“He was the leader, he was our captain,” said former Ravens teammate Brad Jackson. via Aaron Wilson of the Pro Football Network. “It meant everything to everyone. It’s a sad day. I only spoke to him on Sunday. It’s terrible.”

Wednesday was a very tough day for the Ravens franchise, as fans woke up to the news that linebacker Jaylon Ferguson had died at the age of 26.

“It’s a sad day to be a Raven, I have to say,” former running back Jamal Lewis told TMZ.

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