Tony Siragusa, a star NFL defensive tackle throughout the 1990s and an important member of the Baltimore Ravens' Super Bowl XXXV-winning team, . News of Siragusa's death was confirmed in a statement by the Ravens.
An undrafted free agent out of Pittsburgh, Siragusa was able to make the Indianapolis Colts' roster and became an outstanding nose tackle, playing seven seasons and helping his team reach the AFC Championship Game in 1995. Siragusa then joined the Baltimore Ravens in 1997, where he played for the rest of his career. Siragusa's crowning achievement came in 2000, when he starred on a historically dominant Ravens defense that led the team all the way to victory in Super Bowl XXXV.
Much of the commiseration that followed the news of Siragusa's passing came from his former Ravens teammates, most notably Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis and Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti.
Other former Ravens to share their sympathies included running back Jamal Lewis, fellow defensive linemen Sam Adams and Anthony Weaver, head coach Brian Billick, defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis, and team owners Steve and Renee Bisciotti.
Statements from the Ravens from Steve and Renee Bisciotti, Brian Billick, Marvin Lewis, Ray Lewis, Sam Adams, Jamal Lewis pic.twitter.com/7YDbzQUI56— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) June 22, 2022
Figures from the Indianapolis Colts also reacted to Siragusa's death, including team owner Jim Irsay and daughter Kalen Jackson.
The Goose squeezed 200 fun loving years into 55!! He was one of the most physically strongest players I have ever seen in 50 years???????????? In Greece,they would ask 1 question at the end of one’s life; Did He Have Passion? In Tony’s case..Yes He Did!!????????????????????????❤️— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) June 22, 2022
I am so heartbroken to hear of Tony Siragusa’s passing, Goose was my favorite player growing up, even came to visit my first grade classroom, thinking of his family and loved ones ????????— Kalen Jackson (@KalenIJackson) June 22, 2022
The death of Siragusa compounded what had already been a day of mourning for the Ravens franchise. Earlier Wednesday, it had been announced that outside linebacker Jaylon Ferguson died suddenly at the age of 26.
This is one of the saddest days in Ravens history. The deaths of Jaylen Ferguson and Tony Siragusa on the same day leaves every Ravens fan stunned. A player so young with potential, and a legend who brought so joy and impact to the field. Gone. Tough to wrap your head around.— Gerry Sandusky (@GerrySandusky) June 22, 2022
Such a sad day in Ravens history.
Tragic to lose Jaylon Ferguson at just 26 years old and Tony Siragusa at 55. Hard to believe.
Hug your loved ones, each day is precious.— Garrett