Tony Siragusa, an NFL defensive tackle who rose to prominence as one of the sport’s most prominent figures, passed away on Wednesday at the age of 55. It was not immediately known what caused Siragusa’s death. Although a notification from the authorities is coming soon, it appears that the death was caused by natural causes.
The Baltimore Ravens’ legendary 2000 defense, led by Siragusa, affectionately nicknamed as “Goose,” was a key component of the team’s first Super Bowl victory that year. As an undrafted free agent who began his 12-year career by drinking away his $1,000 signing bonus, he departed the sport as one of its distinctive characters, well-known for his irreverent sense of humor and unforgettable practical jokes.
According to former Ravens coach Brian Billick, “There was no one like Goose — a warrior on the field and a team unifier with a giving, kind heart who benefited teammates and the community more than most people knew. Without him, we could not have won the Super Bowl. Our thoughts are with Kathy and the Siragusa family at this horrible and tragic time.”