Former Ravens DT Tony Siragusa, Member Of Super Bowl XXXV Team, Dead At 55 – CBS Baltimore

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 game-winning Super Bowl XXXV in 2001. He was part of a legendary defensive unit that allowed the fewest runs (165) in NFL history.

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He played 12 seasons in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts and Ravens. Siragusa has made 22 sacks and 564 combined tackles during his career, according to Pro Football Reference.

“There was no one like Goose,” former Ravens coach Brian Billick said in a statement, “a warrior on the court and a team builder with a generous heart who helped his teammates and the community more than most people know. We wouldn’t have won the Super Bowl without him. This is such beautiful 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’s probably been one of the best stoppers to play for our defense over the years.”

Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti and his wife Renee said they were “stunned” 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 has had a huge impact on our organization and the entire Baltimore community.

Siragusa was in Baltimore last month for a ceremony honoring the Super Bowl champions at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. NFL Films ran cameras at the event for a 30 for 30 team documentary.

“I will never forget watching that 2000 Ravens team win the Super Bowl with the best defense the NFL has ever seen, and Tony was an integral part of that historic defensive front,” Baltimore Mayor Brandon said. Scott, in a statement. “They brought pride and recognition to Baltimore, and we are eternally grateful to them.”

Siragusa left the field in 2001 and served as a secondary analyst for the NFL on FOX until 2015. He is survived by his wife, Kathy, and their three children.

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It was the second loss the team suffered in a matter of hours. The Ravens announced Wednesday morning that outside linebacker Jaylon Ferguson has died.

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

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