Ex-NFL DT Tony Siragusa, 'the Goose,' dies at age 55

Tony Siragusa, the NFL defensive tackle who turned into one of the video game’s greatest gamers and characters, passed away Wednesday at the age of 55.

The reason for Siragusa’s death was not instantly readily available.

Affectionately called “Goose,” Siragusa worked as an essential cog in the middle of the Baltimore Ravens’ historical 2000 defense, which led the franchise’s very first Super Bowl title that exact same season. He began his 12-year profession by consuming away his $1,000 finalizing perk as an undrafted complimentary representative and left the video game as one of its special characters who was understood for his profane funny bone and remarkable tricks.

“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,” previous Ravens coach Brian Billick stated. “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 signing up with the Ravens as a complimentary representative in 1997, Siragusa invested the very first 7 seasons of his profession with the Indianapolis Colts. Colts owner Jim Irsay tweeted that he was “heart broken as is all of Colts Nation.” Irsay included a follow-up tweet that, “The Goose squeezed 200 fun loving years into 55!!”

Known as a blue-collar run-stuffer, Siragusa enjoyed his greatest minute on a quarterback hit. In the 2000 AFC Championship Game, Siragusa got Oakland Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon, driving the All-Pro into the grass and separating his left shoulder. The Ravens went on to beat the Raiders 16-3 to advance to the Super Bowl.

“I saw Rich’s eyes roll back,” Siragusa stated at the time. “He got every pound of my fat ass on him.”

As much as Siragusa enjoyed the spotlight off the field, he was comfy with doing the grunt work for among the NFL’s premier defenses, despite the fact that it resulted in many knee surgical treatments and no Pro Bowl invites. A 6-foot-3, 340-pound wall in the middle, Siragusa occupied double groups to permit middle linebacker Ray Lewis to wander easily and assisted Baltimore set league records for the least points (165) and hurrying backyards (970) in a 16-game season.

“This is a tough one,” Lewis stated. “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.”

Said kicker Matt Stover: “I truly believe that the Super Bowl XXXV team would have never been as good as it was without Tony. He not only plugged up the middle, but his locker room presence created a loose environment when things were tight. He will be missed, but not forgotten.”

Teammates will keep in mind Siragusa for his well-known pranks.

There was a time when a few of the more youthful gamers made a huge pot of cocoa in the training space and Siragusa saw a chance to increase it with laxative prior to practice. Siragusa chuckled as gamers scampered the field.

“They say there is a person like you everywhere, but I believe God made one Goose with that personality,” previous Ravens protective take on Larry Webster stated.

In the very first “Hard Knocks,” Siragusa provided among the leading minutes when he barricaded the tight ends in their conference room with a table. Tight end Shannon Sharpe notoriously stated he desired “restitution,” and he took Siragusa’s truck in order to get an apology.

Siragusa’s dedication to his group appeared in 2000, when he was obstructed, was up to the ground and could not feel part of his body. His mom came diminishing from the stands and his older bros ran to the locker space where a golf cart had actually moved the still huge guy.

“From my head down, I couldn’t move,” Siragusa remembered later on. “It was the scariest thing that’s happened to me in my life.”

The medical personnel informed Siragusa he needed to a minimum of have an MRI to make certain there wasn’t spine damage. He had a bruised spinal column, and he was encouraged not to return. But he didn’t observe that suggestions.

Said Siragusa: “[Defensive line] coach Rex Ryan came up to me and said ‘You’ve got a family. Don’t go back out there.’ I said, ‘You’re my family, too. I’ve got to do this.'”

Ryan, now an ESPN expert, stated Wednesday that, “Tony was one of the best people I ever met” which “it was impossible to have a bad day around him.”

After his retirement, Siragusa was a sideline expert for Fox Sports from 2003 till 2015. He likewise had some acting functions, appearing in “The Sopranos” and Spike Lee’s motion picture, “25th Hour.”

“This is a really sad day,” Siragusa’s broadcast agent, Jim Ornstein, told The Associated Press. “Tony was way more than my customer, he was household. My heart heads out to Tony’s enjoyed ones.”

Siragusa’s death continued a mournful day for the Ravens, who revealed the death of outdoors linebacker Jaylon Ferguson previously in the day. He was 26 years of ages.

“This is a tremendously sad day for the Baltimore Ravens,” Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti stated. “We appreciate everyone who has expressed an outpouring of support for our players, coaches and staff.”

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