Jim Ornstein, the broadcast agent for Siragusa, confirmed his passing to The Associated Press on Wednesday. It was reported that Siragusa peacefully passed away on Monday, although the specific reason for his death has not been disclosed.
Ornstein expressed, ‘Today is a truly sorrowful day.’ ‘He was like family, my client meant so much more than Tony,’ Ornstein conveyed. ‘My heartfelt condolences to Tony’s loved ones.’
At the conclusion of the 2000 NFL season, the New York Giants defeated the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV, with the massive 6-foot-4, 360-pound defensive tackle being a beloved member of the Ravens, hailing from New Jersey.
Siragusa also hosted shows on Network DIY and Channel Discovery. He became a sideline reporter for NFL on Fox’s broadcasts and appeared in several episodes of HBO’s The Sopranos.
Siragusa’s demise took place on a day that was already brimming with sorrow for the Ravens, in the wake of the departure of 26-year-old linebacker Jaylon Ferguson.
NFL reporter Aaron Wilson informed Brad Jackson, who used to play for the Ravens with Siragusa, that Siragusa was the leader and captain of their team. Siragusa held great significance to everyone, and his passing is a sorrowful event. Jackson expressed his grief, mentioning that he had just spoken to Siragusa on Sunday, making the news even more devastating.
Everyone in the club, including the staff and coaches, appreciates the tremendous support shown by Steve Bisciotti, the owner of the Baltimore Ravens, on this very sad day.
Siragusa mentioned in 2012, during an interview with Howard Stern, that his father passed away from a heart attack at the age of 48, mentioning that heart disease is prevalent in his family. He also mentioned that he was a sociable former University of Pittsburgh star.
Stern instructed Siragusa, “Play some [Frank] Sinatra.” Siragusa requested my wife, “Just make me smile even if I pass away soon.”
Jamal Lewis, a former colleague of Siragusa, conveyed to TMZ that it is ‘a mournful day to be a part of the Raven establishment.’
David Brearley, a wrestler and football star, attended Siragusa High School in New Jersey. He began his career in the NFL after playing collegiately in Pittsburgh, where he gained a reputation for his witty remarks.
He previously stated, ‘If I had desired to acquire a school anthem, I would’ve chosen to attend Notre Dame or Penn State.’ ‘I selected Pitt because I aspire to dominate opponents on the football field.’
Siragusa, an undrafted college player, quickly gained a reputation for his ability to eat up blockers, allowing other defenders to attack the carriers’ ball. He joined the Indianapolis Colts in 1990.
The man known as ‘Goose’ later signed with the Ravens in 1997, becoming one of the most feared defenses in NFL history.
In the Ravens’ 2000 championship season, Siragusa was sixth among Baltimore defenders with 75 tackles. He finished his career with 22 sacks.
Siragusa is survived by his spouse Kathy and three offspring, Samantha, Ava, and Anthony Jr.
Siragusa was popular with fans because of his fun-loving personality, which also helped him transition quickly to broadcasting after his playing career.
Brian Billick, the coach of the Super Bowl-winning team, expressed his deep sadness and shock at the news. He emphasized that the team’s victory in the Super Bowl would not have been possible without Goose, who was a unique and exceptional player on the field. Additionally, Goose was known for his ability to bring the team together and his selfless nature, which extended beyond the game to helping both his teammates and the community, a fact that might not be widely known.
According to his former teammate Ray Lewis, ‘You can never substitute a person like that.’ He was a unique individual who made you feel significant and exceptional. I understood he was someone who would permanently alter my life, starting from the initial encounter. I have a deep affection for Goose, similar to that of siblings.
According to the current coach of Pitt, Pat Narduzzi, ‘In various aspects of life, Tony was truly larger than existence. He played the game with great passion and determination. He excelled in the NFL for 12 years, despite not being selected in the draft. After retiring from football, he traveled to numerous locations, but his loyalty to Pitt never wavered. Prior to our most important matches, we could always rely on him to send the most inspiring recorded speeches to our players.’
In response to a report of a suspicious death, the police in Baltimore stated that they found an unresponsive individual at a residence in Baltimore around 11.25pm on Wednesday. However, the Baltimore police have not yet disclosed the cause of death. The team announced the news of Siragusa’s death after the 26-year-old linebacker, Jaylon Ferguson, died on Tuesday.
Ferguson was attended to by medical professionals at the location, authorities stated, but ‘never regained awareness.’
He was declared deceased at the location.
Authorities are not excluding the chance of a drug overdose.
The passing comes as a surprise to NFL enthusiasts and individuals within the league, a father of three who had been establishing a place for himself on Baltimore’s team.
Ferguson, the linebacker, reportedly had his best shape of his career after participating in the team’s offseason practices for the past three months, as stated by the Coaches. The significant shed weight also contributed to his impressive performance last season.
The police are currently investigating the incident as a potential cause of death, but they have stated that they do not suspect foul play in the case.
Authorities stated that there were no indications of physical injury on the athlete’s body.
On Wednesday morning, his lifeless body was taken to the medical examiner’s office, where the cause of his death will be determined.
In a homage to the deceased celebrity Wednesday, the Ravens expressed that Ferguson was ‘taken away far too early.’
‘We are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of Jaylon Ferguson,’ the team expressed.