Tony Siragusa was a retired NFL defensive lineman. He died Wednesday in New Jersey. He was 55.
Toms River Police responded to a 911 call from a resident in the Barrier Islands section of Town. “CPR in progress,”TMZ Sports was informed by authorities. Siragusa died at her home later.
Jim Ornstein, the former NFL player’s broadcast agent, confirmed Siragusa’s death. At this time, the cause of Siragusa’s death is not known.
“This is a really sad day,” Ornstein said. “Tony was way more than my client. He was family. My heart goes out to Tony’s loved ones.”
Siragusa, affectionately known by the nickname “Siragusa”, was “Goose,”He signed with the Colts in 1990 and was an undrafted agent.
From 1990 to 1996, he played in 96 games and recorded 16.5 tackles. In 1997, he joined the Ravens and played there until 2001. He, alongside players like Ray Lewis, Jamal Lewis, Rod Woodson and Jamie Sharper defeated the New York Giants in the 2001 Super Bowl.
Many NFL players are suffering from the losses.
“This is a tough one. I love Goose like a brother,” Ray Lewis said. “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.
TONY SIRAGUSA, SUPER BOWL CHAMPION DEFENSIVE LINEMAN, DEAD AT 55
He was the greatest competitor on the field and brought out the best of all of us. Never put off the future for today. Goose is your goose. It was a blessing to be able to spend time with our 2000 team, a couple of weeks back.
“To the Siragusa family: We have lost a great man, but God has gained a great angel. May they be blessed, held and comforted by the peace he brought to everyone who encountered him.”
Steve Bisciotti is Ravens’ team owner “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.”
Siragusa retired and became a Fox Sports sideline reporter. He appeared in “The Sopranos”
“His incomparable passion for football established him as one of the most charismatic personalities ever to set foot on the gridiron or in front of a camera,”Fox Sports made the statement in a release. “Goose was a natural in his ability to relate the sport and its players to fans everywhere.”
This report was contributed by The Associated Press.
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