More sad news in the NFL world surfaced on Wednesday with the passing of NFL legend and TV personality Tony Siragusa at age 55.
Siragusa’s former Baltimore Ravens teammate Jamal Lewis confirmed the passing to TMZ Sports. ProFootballNetwork’s Aaron Wilson reports he died in his sleep although the cause is still unknown.
Siragusa, nicknamed “The Goose,” spent 12 seasons in the NFL with the Colts and Ravens, winning a Super Bowl in Baltimore as part of the legendary 2000 Ravens defense.
His physically large stature and equally large personality made him one of the most unique characters in the game and was an instant star during HBO’s first season of “Hard Knocks” in 2001.
He grew up in Kenilworth, New Jersey and played college football at the University of Pittsburgh. The Colts signed him as an undrafted free agent in 1990.
Following his playing career, Siragusa was a prominent part of FOX’s NFL coverage as a sideline reporter until he was fired following the 2015 season.
Many around the NFL world took to social media to share their thoughts and memories of Siragusa following news of his passing, which also happened to coincide with the passing of 26-year-old Ravens linebacker Jaylon Ferguson.