Tony Siragusa Biography – Tony Siragusa Wiki
Tony Siragusa was an American football player who played 12 NFL seasons with Indianapolis and Baltimore from 1990-2001. He played for the Indianapolis Colts for seven seasons from 1990 to 1996, and then signed with the Ravens in 1997. He was a member of Baltimore’s Super Bowl XXXV team, and retired following the 2001 season.
Affectionately known as “The Goose”, Siragusa went from undrafted defensive lineman to NFL fixture. He found his footing in Indianapolis, where he played in 96 games over seven seasons, recording 405 tackles, 16.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries. But he truly made his mark as a member of the Baltimore Ravens, tallying 159 tackles, 5.5 sacks, one forced fumble and four fumble recoveries and winning a Super Bowl in the 2000 season before becoming a fan favorite as a star of the first-ever Hard Knocks series in 2001.
Siragusa shined in front of the HBO and NFL Films cameras, using one interview to express genuine displeasure with Baltimore’s weigh-in policy for the 2001 season and detailing how he’d tasked rookies with filling in his weight on the team’s chart each day. The ever-expressive Siragusa was a natural fit and perfect focus for the series, which has continued on an annual basis for the majority of the last 21 years.
After his playing career, Siragusa served as a member of the NFL on FOX broadcasting crew as a sideline reporter, working for the network through the end of the 2015 season. The New Jersey native also appeared as a member of Tony Soprano’s crime family in multiple episodes of the HBO series The Sopranos, hosted a DIY Network show Man Caves and worked as a pitchman for brands such as Depends adult diapers.
His professional days began with disappointment. Siragusa was regarded as a potential first-round pick, but a knee injury suffered at the University of Pittsburgh tanked his draft stock, dropping him from the top round to out of the 1990 draft entirely. Indianapolis happily signed Siragusa and watched him blossom into a consistent contributor.
Tony Siragusa Age
He was born Anthony Siragusa Sr. on May 14, 1967 in Kenilworth, New Jersey. He died on June 22, 2022 in Ortley Beach, New Jersey. He was 55 years old.
Tony Siragusa Wife
Tony Siragusa married his wife, Kathy Giacalone Siragusa, on April 22, 1995.
Tony Siragusa Children
Tony Siragusa had three children: Samantha Rose Siragusa, Ava Siragusa, and Anthony Siragusa Jr.
Tony Siragusa Family
Tony Siragusa and his wife, Kathy Giacalone, have three children: Samantha Rose Siragusa, Ava Siragusa, and Anthony Siragusa Jr.
Tony Siragusa Death
Former NFL defensive tackle Tony Siragusa died on June 22, 2022, at the age of 55, the Baltimore Ravens announced. The news of Siragusa’s death came on a tragic day, as Ravens outside linebacker Jaylon Ferguson passed away on June 22, 2022 night at age 26. Owner Steve Bisciotti and his wife, Renee, issued a statement regarding Siragusa’s passing.
“Renee and I are stunned and heartbroken to learn about the sudden passing of Tony Siragusa,” the Bisciotti’s statement said. “He was a special person and clearly one of the most popular players in Ravens history. Tony’s larger-than-life personality made an enormous impact on our organization and throughout the Baltimore community.
“On the football field, Goose was a difference-maker who contributed immeasurably to the success of many great Ravens defenses, including the record-setting 2000 Super Bowl team.
“Our deepest prayers and sympathies go out to Kathy, their three children and the rest of the Siragusa family. This is a tremendously sad day for the Baltimore Ravens. We appreciate everyone who has expressed an outpouring of support for our players, coaches and staff.”
“Goose was quite a character, but he was one of our leaders on the 2000 Super Bowl team,” Ravens Executive Vice President Ozzie Newsome said. “He was probably one of the best run-stoppers to play for our defense over the years. My heart breaks for Kathy, Samantha, Anthony Jr. and Ava. They are in my prayers.”
Coaches and teammates are mourning while remembering Siragusa fondly.
Ray Lewis, Pro Football Hall of Famer and former teammate: “This is a tough one. I love Goose like a brother. From the first day we met, I knew that life was different. I knew he was someone who would change my life forever. He was a one-of-a-kind person who made you feel important and special. You can never replace a man like that.
“On the field, he was the ultimate competitor who brought out the best in all of us.
“We should never put off tomorrow for what we can do today. Hug your loved ones for Goose. We were all so blessed that God gave us that time together celebrating our 2000 team a few weeks ago.
“To the Siragusa family: We have lost a great man, but God has gained a great angel. May they be blessed, held and comforted by the peace he brought to everyone who encountered him.”
Rod Woodson, NFL Hall of Famer and former teammate: “Tony was always the life of the party. I know he loved his family and friends. My feelings are overwhelmed right now with grief for his family.”
Brian Billick, former Ravens Head Coach: “There was no one like Goose – a warrior on the field and a team unifier with a giving, generous heart who helped teammates and the community more than most people know. We would not have won the Super Bowl without him. This is such stunning, sad news, and our hearts go out to Kathy and the Siragusa family.”
Marvin Lewis, former Ravens Defensive Coordinator: “First of all, my deepest condolences to Tony’s family. With Tony as a friend and teammate, you needed no other. He played and lived life to the fullest. He always reminded me to ‘have fun.’ This is a very sad day.”
Jamal Lewis, former teammate: “Goose was one of the most humble and funniest guys I knew. I can remember his locker being next to mine on gameday. He was never bothered and enjoyed life. While I had butterflies in my stomach, he was cracking jokes and pumping me up at the same time. Glad we got a chance to be together one last time for the Super Bowl XXXV celebration. He will be truly missed.”
Sam Adams, former teammate: “It was an honor and a privilege to line up next to Tony Siragusa. He made the game fun and was a true competitor. Our D-line room was special on and off the field. May he rest easy, and may God bless and keep his family.”
Matt Stover, former teammate: “I am sorry to lose such a great teammate and friend. I truly believe that the Super Bowl XXXV team would have never been as good as it was without Tony. He not only plugged up the middle, but his locker room presence created a loose environment when things were tight. He will be missed, but not forgotten.”
Rex Ryan, Ravens former Defensive Coordinator: “Tony was one of the best people I have ever met. I had the absolute pleasure of coaching Tony for several years. I love Tony. It was impossible to have a bad day around him – a great player, great teammate, great father, husband and friend. Tony and I were trying to get our Super Bowl [XXXV] D-line together in July at my house. We always stayed in touch and were close for years. Tony did more for teammates and friends than you will ever know – like the time he took presents [for his children] from under his Christmas tree to give to a teammate’s family who had terrible fire that burned down their place.
“I remember having a meeting with my [defensive line] guys and asking everybody what they were going to do with their playoff bonuses. After all my guys spoke, Goose asked me what I was going to do. I said I was going to finish out my basement and buy a big screen TV. After we won the Super Bowl a couple weeks later, Goose drove down from New Jersey and parked outside in my driveway. He had a brand new big screen TV in the bed of his truck. He said, ‘Here is your TV for the basement.’ In typical Goose fashion, he said it fell off a truck.
“My son is in his sixth season coaching in the NFL. I hope one day he can coach a man like Tony Siragusa.”
Tony Siragusa Cause of Death
The cause of death is unknown.
Tony Siragusa Height and Weight
Tony Siragusa was 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) tall and weighed 340 lb (154 kg).
Tony Siragusa Net Worth
Tony Siragusa’s net worth is estimated to be $5 million.
Tony Siragusa Weight Loss
Siragusa weighed 330lbs during his playing career. Details about Tony Siragusa’s weight loss are currently unavailable.
Tony Siragusa Instagram
Tony Siragusa’s Instagram is @goose9898.