Tony Siragusa, the charismatic defensive tackle who helped lead Baltimore’s mighty defense to a Super Bowl title, has died. He is 55 years old.
Syracuse’s broadcast agent, Jim Ornstein, confirmed his death on Wednesday. The cause of death was not immediately available.
“It’s a very sad day,” he said. “Tony is not just my client, he is family. My heart goes out to Tony’s loved ones.”
Siragusa, known as “The Goose,” played seven seasons with the Indianapolis Colts and five with the Ravens. Baltimore’s 2000 team won the Super Bowl on defense that included Siragusa, Ray Lewis and Sam Adams.
Siragusa was popular with fans for his playful personality, which also helped him make a quick transition to broadcasting after his career.
Siragusa came to Baltimore as a free agent in 1997 and teamed up with Adams to form a formidable defensive tackle team. During the Ravens’ championship season in 2000, the 6-foot-3, 340-pound Siragusa ranked sixth among Baltimore guards with 75 tackles.
He finished his career with 22 sacks.
The news of Siragusa’s passing is already a tragic day for the Ravens. Earlier in the day, 26-year-old Baltimore linebacker Jaylen Ferguson died.
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