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Tony Siragusa, a defensive lineman known as Goose, dies at 55

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Tony Siragusa, the Super Bowl-winning defensive tackle and Fox Sports football television analyst, died Wednesday, owners of the Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens said. He was 55 years old.

Colts owner Jim Irsay confirmed Siragusa’s death on Twitter. The cause of death has not yet been announced.

Siragusa, nicknamed Goose, played in the NFL for 12 seasons, seven of them for the Colts, who acquired him as an undrafted free agent in 1990. He joined the Baltimore Ravens in 1997 and retired after the 2001 season, a year after playing a key defensive role as the franchise won its first Super Bowl.

“Renee and I are stunned and heartbroken to learn of the sudden passing of Tony Siragusa,” Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said in a statement. “He was a special person and clearly one of the most popular players in Ravens history. Tony’s larger-than-life personality had an enormous impact on our organization and the entire Baltimore community.”

Irsay said on Twitter that Siragusa was fun-loving and “one of the physically strongest players I’ve seen in 50 years.”

Siragusa, known for his towering 330-pound weight during his playing days, was a key member of the Ravens’ championship team in the 2000 season. While that season was one of his worst statistically, he recorded only 27 tackles with no sacks, contributed to one of the most fearsome defenses in the NFL, absorbing blockers to allow star linebacker Ray Lewis, defensive back Rod Woodson, lineman Sam Adams and others to succeed in their roles. That unit set NFL records for fewest points allowed (165) and rushing yards allowed (970) in a 16-game regular season.

“On the field, he was the ultimate competitor who brought out the best in all of us,” Lewis said in a statement.

Siragusa, who was born in New Jersey, won a state wrestling championship while attending Brearley High School in Kenilworth, where he also played defensive line for the football team. He was also her kicker and kicker.

He played college football at Pittsburgh and then signed with the Colts as a free agent, starting 78 games in seven seasons.

During the 2000 season AFC championship game, Siragusa evaded several blockers early in the second quarter and came close to sacking Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon, who had just thrown the ball before he reach. But Siragusa hit Gannon hard and landed his full body weight on the quarterback, injuring Gannon’s left collarbone. Siragusa was later fined, but Gannon’s injury helped the Ravens win, 16-3, en route to a Super Bowl victory over the Giants.

“There was no one quite like Goose: a warrior on the field and team unifier with a kind and generous heart who helped his teammates and the community more than most people know,” said Brian Billick, who coached the Ravens from 1998 to 2007, in a statement. “We wouldn’t have won the Super Bowl without him.”

Siragusa worked as a broadcaster for Fox Sports from 2003 to 2015. He is survived by his wife, Kathy, and three children: Samantha, Ava, and Anthony Jr.

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