Former NFL DT, TV Broadcaster Tony Siragusa Passes Away At Age 55
SALT LAKE CITY – Former NFL defensive tackle and television broadcaster Tony Siragusa has passed away at the age of 55 on Wednesday.
According to ESPN, the cause of death for Tony Siragusa was not immediately available.
Siragusa was an anchor on the defensive line for the Baltimore Ravens in 2000, where their historic defense won the first Super Bowl in franchise history. He played 12 years in the NFL, joining the league as an undrafted free agent.
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“There was no one like Goose — a warrior on the field and a team unifier with a giving, generous heart who helped teammates and the community more than most people know,” former Ravens coach Brian Billick said. “We would not have won the Super Bowl without him. This is such stunning, sad news, and our hearts go out to Kathy and the Siragusa family.”
Before Siragusa joined the Ravens as a free agent in 1997, he played for the Indianapolis Colts in his first seven seasons in the league.
Throughout his career, his biggest moment was in the 2000 AFC Championship game when he tackled Oakland Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon that caused his left shoulder to separate. Baltimore beat the Raiders 16-3 to win the AFC title and advance to the Super Bowl.
“The Goose” became a sideline analyst for FOX after he retired from the NFL. He worked for the network from 2003 to 2015. Siragusa also did some acting, appearing in “The Sopranos” and Spike Lee’s movie, “25th Hour.”
According to Pro Football Network, Siragusa died in his sleep.
“This is a tough one,” Ravens Hall of Famer Ray Lewis said. “I love Goose like a brother. From the first day we met, I knew that 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 a man like that.”
It was a somber day for the Ravens organization with Siragusa’s passing coming shortly after the team learned of outside linebacker Jaylon Ferguson’s passing at the age of 26.