Tony Siragusa, a key player on the Baltimore Ravens’ Super Bowl-winning team in 2001, died unexpectedly Wednesday morning, according to a team statement.
The team’s announcement did not list a cause or place of death.
“The Siragusa family asks that everyone respect their privacy during this difficult time,” the organization said.
Siragusa had a 12-year career as a defensive tackle with the Indianapolis Colts and Ravens before working for Fox Sports from 2003 to 2015, including nearly a decade as an analyst on NFL broadcasts.
“This is a tough question. I love Goose like a brother,” said former Ravens superstar Ray Lewis. “From the first day we met, I knew life was different. I knew he was someone who would change my life. life forever. He was a unique person who made you feel important and special. You can never replace a man like that.
“On the field, he was the ultimate competitor who brought out the best in all of us.”
Former running back Jamal Lewis said that Siragusa was one of the most humble and fun guys he knew. They were neighbors in the locker room on game day.
“He never bothered and enjoyed life,” Lewis said. “While he had butterflies in his stomach, he was cracking jokes and cheering me on at the same time.”
Siragusa was featured on the first season of the HBO show “Hard Knocks,” which follows an NFL team in training camp. In one memorable scene, he pranks the tight ends of the team, who are gathered in a trailer, by blocking the door with a table and a pallet. Star Shannon Sharpe tries to open the door several times, but gets trapped inside.
“Once I realized we were locked inside, I already knew who did it,” Sharpe told ESPN in 2021. “When jokes were made and things happened, you know to a degree who would do something like that and it was Goose.”
In the next episode, Sharpe moves Goose’s truck from the players’ parking lot to a grocery store to get his payback, eventually getting Siragusa to apologize and promise not to mess with him for the rest of camp. Siragusa agreed, as he crossed his fingers.
Siragusa also appeared in four episodes of “The Sopranos” as a supporting character named Frankie Cortese and was in the 2002 Spike Lee film “25th Hour.”
While reviewing games for Fox, Siragusa was known for his sometimes crazy outfits. At a game in London, he wore a bowler hat and a dark pea coat. For a holiday game he wore a Christmas tree sweater.
His offbeat ad style on the sidelines had fans and critics alike. In 2016, a writer for Barstool Sports called him the “most unintentionally funny sideline reporter of all time.”
News of Siragusa’s death came hours after the Ravens announced outside linebacker Jaylon Ferguson had died at age 26. The cause of death was not disclosed. The Louisiana Tech prospect was drafted by Baltimore in the third round in 2019. In 38 games with the team, 10 of which were starts, Ferguson had 67 tackles and 4.5 sacks over three seasons.
“This is a tremendously sad day for the Baltimore Ravens,” owner Steve Bisciotti said in a statement. “We appreciate everyone who has expressed an outpouring of support for our players, coaches and staff.”