On Wednesday, former Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Tony Siragusa died, according to the team’s official Twitter account. He was 55 years old at the time.
For seven seasons from 1990 to 1996, “Goose” (as his supporters would call him) played for the Indianapolis Colts before signing with the Baltimore Ravens in 1997.
He was a member of the Baltimore Ravens team that won Super Bowl XXXV in 2001, and he retired in 2002. An undrafted 6’3″, 335-pound defender who moved to Indianapolis in 1990 and became an integral part of the team’s defense.
He had 564 total tackles and 22 quarterback sacks in 169 career games. After retiring, he became a sideline reporter for Fox, where he worked for over a decade.
In addition to reporting from the sidelines, Siragusa also delivered comments from his position on the field, making him an important media figure.
As an actor, he appeared in “The Sopranos,” among other shows.
“Renee and I are stunned and heartbroken to learn about the sudden passing of Tony Siragusa. He was a special person and clearly one of the most popular players in Ravens history. Tony’s larger-than-life personality made an enormous impact on our organization and throughout the Baltimore community. On the football field, Goose was a difference-maker who contributed immeasurably to the success of many great Ravens defenses, including the record-setting 2000 Super Bowl team. Our deepest prayers and sympathies 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 an outpouring of support for our players, coaches and staff.”