Tributes are paid to Tony ‘Goose’ Siragusa, the Baltimore Ravens defensive lineman died at age 55.
Teammates of Siragusa, who won a Super Bowl title with the Ravens in the 2000 season, first reported the death of the former player, who grew up in New Jersey.
No immediate cause of death was given.
Reporters in Baltimore, where Siragusa spent the last five of 12 seasons in the NFLsaid his death had been confirmed to them by multiple sources.
ESPN later said his death was also confirmed by Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, who said he was “heartbroken, like the whole Colts nation”.
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The news was first broken by TMZ. The 6-foot-3, 340-pound defensive tackle began his NFL career with the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent in 1990 and became a full-time starter in the 1992 season.
Later, in 1997, he signed with the Baltimore Ravens and went on to be an integral part of the team that won the Super Bowl in 2000.
“The Goose, Tony Siracusa passed away at age 5. Heartbroken as is all of Colts Nation,” Irsay wrote on Twitter.
He added: “The Goose turned 200 years of fun into 55!! He was one of the most physically strong players I’ve seen in 50 years. In Greece they used to ask 1 question at the end of his life; Did he have passion? In Tony’s case…yes, he did!!”
He won a Super Bowl championship with the Ravens, who beat the New York Giants 34-7 in Super Bowl XXXV. During that regular season, he had two sacks and 28 tackles, according to his stats.
Ravens sportscaster Gerry Sandusky tweeted that Siragusa died a day after another former player, linesman Jaylon Ferguson, died aged 26.
“We are deeply saddened by the tragic passing of Jaylon Ferguson,” the Ravens said in a statement.
“He was a kind and respectful young man with a big smile and an infectious personality. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Jaylon’s family and friends as we mourn a life lost far too soon.
Sandusky said it was one of the “sadest days in Ravens history.”
“The deaths of Jaylen Ferguson and Tony Siragusa on the same day leaves all Ravens fans stunned,” he added.
“Such a young player with potential and a legend who brought so much joy and impact to the pitch. Gone. Hard to understand your head.
After retiring, Siragusa served as a secondary analyst for Fox Sports from 2003 to 2015.
For his career, Siragusa had 404 tackles, 22 sacks and five forced fumbles.
Tributes paid to Tony ‘Goose’ Siragusa after Baltimore Ravens defensive lineman was pronounced dead at 55
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