Former NFL Star Dies at 55

Tony Siragusa.
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Another football tragedy. Tony Siragusa, an ex-NFL star, has died at the tender age of 55.

The former defensive tackle’s broadcast agent, Jim OrnsteinOn Wednesday, June 22, 22, he confirmed the news. “This is a really sad day,” he told the Associated Press. “Tony was way more than my client, he was family. My heart goes out to Tony’s loved ones.”

It was not immediately known what caused the death.

Siragusa, who was nicknamed “The Goose,” began his NFL career in 1990 with the Indianapolis Colts. The native of New Jersey played seven seasons with the team before signing with Baltimore Ravens in 1997. He was a key player in the team’s victory over the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV in January 2001.

“It’s a sad day to be a Raven, I must say,” Jamal Lewis, who played with Siragusa for two years, told TMZ of his former teammate’s death.

Former NFL Star Tony Siragusa Dies at 55: 'Sad Day to Be a Raven

Tony Siragusa.
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“I’m heartbroken as is all of Colts Nation,” tweeted Jim IrsayThe Indianapolis Colts’ owner. “The Goose squeezed 200 fun loving years into 55!! He was one of the most physically strongest players I have ever seen in 50 years💪🏼🏈 In Greece, they would ask 1 question at the end of one’s life; Did He Have Passion? In Tony’s case … Yes He Did!!”

Siragusa, who retired from the NFL as an analyst and sideline reporter for Fox in 2001, became a Fox analyst until 2015. He hosted a series on home renovations called Man CavesThe DIY Network aired a variety of shows including, which aired from 2007 to 2015.

The former athlete hosted the show along with contractor Jason Cameron, and each episode showcased the duo as they helped participants transform rooms in their homes into “man caves.” The series featured several celebrity clients over the years including Snoop Dogg, Charlie SheenAnd Kris Humphries.

Siragusa’s wife is his survivor. Kathy SiragusaSamantha, Ava, Anthony Jr. and their children

News of the commentator’s death broke hours after the Ravens announced that current player Jaylon Ferguson died at age 26. “We are profoundly saddened by the passing of Jaylon Ferguson,” the Maryland-based NFL team said in a statement on Wednesday. “He was a kind, respectful young man with a big smile and infectious personality. We express our heartfelt condolences to Jaylon’s family and friends as we mourn a life lost much too soon.”

After Siragusa’s death was announced, Ravens broadcaster Gerry Sandusky said that fans were “stunned” by the back-to-back deaths of the Super Bowl champion and the outside linebacker. “This is one of the saddest days in Ravens history,” he tweeted on Wednesday. “A player so young with potential, and a legend who brought so [much]Joy and impact on the field. Gone. Tough to wrap your head around.”

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