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Tony Siragusa, who helped Ravens win the Super Bowl, dies at 55

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Tony Siragusa, the charismatic defensive tackle who was part of one of the most famous defenses in NFL history with the Baltimore Ravens, died Wednesday. He was 55 years old.

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Siragusa broadcast agent Jim Ornstein confirmed the death. The cause of death was not immediately known.

“It’s a really sad day,” he said. “Tony was so much more than my client, he was part of the family. My heart goes out to Tony’s loved ones.

Siragusa, known as “Goose”, played seven seasons with the Indianapolis Colts and five with the Ravens. The Baltimore team in 2000 won the Super Bowl behind a strong defense that included Siragusa, Ray Lewis and Sam Adams.

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Siragusa was popular with fans due to his fun attitude, which also helped him transition quickly into broadcasting after his playing career.

“There was no one like Goose – a warrior on the pitch and a team builder with a generous heart who helped his teammates and the community more than most people know,” said Brian Billick, l coach of that 2000 team. “We wouldn’t have won the Super Bowl without him. This is such amazing and sad news.

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Siragusa came to Baltimore as a free agent in 1997 and teamed up with Adams to form an imposing tandem of defensive tackles. He finished his career with 22 sacks.

“I love Goose like a brother. From the first day we met, I knew life was different. I knew he was someone who would change my life forever,” Lewis said. “He was a one-of-a-kind person who made you feel important and special. You can never replace a man like that.

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News of Siragusa’s death came on an already tragic day for the Ravens. The death of 26-year-old Baltimore linebacker Jaylon Ferguson was announced earlier today.

“This is an extremely sad day for the Baltimore Ravens,” owner Steve Bisciotti said. “We appreciate everyone who has expressed their support for our players, coaches and staff.”

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Siragusa was a football star and wrestler at David Brearley High School in New Jersey. He then played collegiately in Pittsburgh, where he had a reputation for messing around long before his NFL career.

“If I wanted to learn a song in school, I would have gone to Notre Dame or Penn State,” he once said. “I want to kill people on the football field. That’s why I came to Pitt.

Siragusa went undrafted before signing with Indianapolis, but he has proven to be a championship-winning force in the NFL. Then he took his on-air persona, working for Fox’s NFL coverage.

“His unrivaled passion for football has established him as one of the most charismatic personalities to ever step on the grill or in front of a camera,” Fox Sports said in a statement. “Goose was natural in his ability to connect the sport and its players with fans around the world.”

Siragusa also had a role on HBO’s “The Sopranos” and hosted shows on the Discovery Channel and DIY Network.

“Tony was truly larger than life, on and off the field,” said Pat Narduzzi, Pitt’s current football coach. “He played the game with passion and relentlessly. Although he was not drafted, he thrived in the NFL for 12 years. His post-football life took him to so many places but he never forgot about Pitt. We could always count on him to send the best recorded pep talks to our guys before our biggest games.

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