Fomer Ravens and Colts’ defensive tackle Tony Siragusa has passed away, Colts’ owner Jim Irsay confirmed on social media. Siragusa was 55 years old.
Tony Siragusa, an NFL great, has passed away at the age of 55, according to Jamal Lewis, his former teammate with the Baltimore Ravens, who verified the news to FOX3.
On Wednesday, the former running back was quoted as saying, “I gotta say, it’s a sad day to be a Raven.”
It has not been determined what exactly led to the death of the former defensive lineman at this time.
Siragusa, a defensive tackle who stood 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighed 340 pounds, made his debut in the National Football League with the Indianapolis Colts in 1990 as an undrafted free agent. By the 1992 season, he had established himself as a full-time starter.
After signing with the Baltimore Ravens in 1997, he went on to become an integral part of the franchise’s illustrious 2000 team that went on to win Super Bowl XXXV.
Siragusa, well known by his nickname “Goose,” was a member of the Ravens defense that helped set a record for the fewest points allowed in a regular season on their route to winning a championship. Playing alongside Ray Lewis, Rod Woodson, and Adalius Thomas, the Ravens defense set the mark.
After playing in the league for a total of 12 seasons, he finished with 564 total tackles and 22 sacks.
After finishing his playing career, Siragusa went on to become an NFL sideline reporter and analyst for Fox, where he rose to prominence across the country. He had a one-of-a-kind approach, and he was quite knowledgeable about the game, which made spectators chuckle.
After his retirement from the NFL, Siragusa presented a number of television shows, one of which was called “Man Caves.”