NFL: Former Ravens and Colts tackle Tony Siragusa dies at 55

Tony Siragusa has died aged 55.

Jim Ornstein, Siragusa’s broadcast agent, confirmed the death on Wednesday. The cause of death was not immediately specified.

The defensive tackle, who was nicknamed “The Goose,” spent 12 seasons in the NFL from 1990 to 2001 with the Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens. He was part of the Ravens’ champion edition that defeated the New York Giants 34-7 in Super Bowl XXXV, backed by a defensive unit that included Siragusa, Ray Lewis and Sam Adams, among others.

“I am heartbroken, just like the Colts Nation Colts owner Jim Irsay tweeted.

Undrafted player from the University of Pittsburgh, the native of Kenilworth, New Jersey has played 169 career games. He had 564 tackles and 22.0 sacks, in addition to having caused 5 fumbles.

After retirement, Siragusa worked as a sideline reporter for Fox Sports and starred as a bodyguard and driver named Frankie Cortese on the hit TV series The Sopranos.

Siragusa was popular with football fans because of his jovial personality, which also helped him redirect his career towards an analyst role after his retirement as a player.

Siragusa joined the Ravens as a free agent in 1997 and joined forces with Adams to form an imposing defensive tackle tandem.

In the year of the Ravens’ triumph, Siragusa ranked sixth on the team with 75 tackles. He finished his career with 22 quarterback sacks.

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

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