BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Former Ravens defensive tackle Tony Siragusa died Wednesday morning, the team announced. He was 55 years old.
Siragusa, known as “Goose,” was a member of the winning game of Super Bowl XXXV in 2001. He was part of a legendary defensive unit that allowed the fewest points (165) in NFL history.
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He played 12 seasons in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts and Ravens. Siragusa had 22 sacks and a combined 564 tackles throughout his career, according to Pro Football Reference.
“There was no one quite like Goose,” former Ravens coach Brian Billick said in a statement, “a warrior on the field and team unifier with a generous and giving heart who helped his teammates and the community more than he did. most people know. We wouldn’t have won the Super Bowl without him. This is such shocking and sad news, and our hearts go out to Kathy and the Siragusa family.”
Former Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome remembered Siragusa as the leader of the Super Bowl team.
“Goose was quite the character, but he was one of our leaders on the 2000 Super Bowl team,” former Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said in a statement. “He was probably one of the best run blockers that played for our defense over the years.”
#RIP: More crushing news: Ravens legend Tony Siragusa has passed away at the age of 55, according to sources.
This comes just hours after Ravens OLB Jaylon Ferguson was pronounced dead.
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Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti and his wife, Renee, said they were “shocked” by the news in a joint statement.
“He was a special person and clearly one of the most popular players in Ravens history,” the Bisciottis said. “Tony’s larger-than-life personality had an enormous impact on our organization and the entire Baltimore community.
Siragusa was in Baltimore last month for a ceremony honoring the Super Bowl champions at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. NFL Films had the cameras roll at the event for a 30 for 30 Documentary about the team.
“I will never forget watching that 2000 Ravens team win the Super Bowl with the best defense in NFL history, and Tony was an integral part of that history-making defensive front,” said Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott. , it’s a statement. “They brought pride and recognition to Baltimore, and we will be forever grateful for that.”
Siragusa left the field in 2001 and was an NFL analyst on FOX until 2015. He is survived by his wife, Kathy, and their three children.
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It was the team’s second loss in a matter of hours. The Ravens announced Wednesday morning that outside linebacker Jaylon Ferguson had died.
“This is a tremendously sad day for the Baltimore Ravens,” the Bisciottis said in their statement. “We appreciate everyone who has expressed an outpouring of support for our players, coaches and staff.”
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