Tony Siragusa, Super Bowl Champion and the pride of Kenilworth, New Jersey, passed away on Wednesday. He was 55 years old, seven years older than his father who passed away at 48 from a heart attack. Siragusa’s cause of death is not known at this time.
Playing Days and Beyond
Known as the Goose, Siragusa stood 6-foot-3 and his playing weight was in the 340-pound range. After going undrafted, the Indianapolis Colts signed him. He was a spot player until being named a starter in 1992. He signed with the Baltimore Ravens in 1997 and was an integral part of the 2000 team that won Super Bowl XXXV over the New York Giants. Siragusa was on the Ravens’ defense along the lines of Hall of Famers Ray Lewis and Rod Woodson. That defense set the NFL record for the fewest points allowed in a regular season.
Tony Siragusa has passed away.— National Football Post (@FootballPost) June 22, 2022
The Goose was 55 years old. Thoughts and prayers to his friends and family. pic.twitter.com/w9rJ4ZWeqs
After he hung up his cleats, Siragusa joined Fox Sports as a sideline reporter and analyst, and he always offered his take with just enough of his Jersey swag. That same swag led to a brief appearance in The Sopranos.
“What will @BigSamAdams95 always remember about his time playing next to @TonySiragusa?”— WBAL NewsRadio 1090 and FM 101.5 (@wbalradio) June 22, 2022
The anchor of that Super Bowl XXXV D-line joined @melissaykim to talk about his favorite memories of “Goose”: pic.twitter.com/lq07PLczOe
Just the Goose
I had the pleasure of meeting Tony on several occasions. Although he may have seemed larger than life, he was just a regular guy. It was usually on a Monday night at his restaurant Tiffany’s which he owned, either inside watching football and engaging the patrons and paying for their next drink or covering part of or all of their meal. Sometimes outside smoking a cigar.
He loved football and his hometown and even though he knew I was from Union, the next town over from Kenilworth, he didn’t hold that against me. He was the same guy who danced on the sidelines and played pranks like he did during his playing career and as a sideline reporter.
Rest in peace Goose.
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