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Tony Siragusa, Super Bowl winner turned funny sideline reporter, dies at 55

The team’s announcement did not list the cause or location of his death.

“The Siragusa family asks everyone to respect their privacy during this difficult time,” the organization said.

Siragusa had a 12-year playing career as a defensive tackle with the Indianapolis Colts and Ravens before working for Fox Sports from 2003 to 2015, including nearly a decade as a secondary analyst on NFL broadcasts from network.

“It’s tough. I love Goose like a brother,” former Ravens superstar Ray Lewis said. “From the first day we met I knew life was different. I knew this was someone who was going to 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 pitch, he was the ultimate competitor who brought out the best in all of us.”

Former running back Jamal Lewis said Siragusa was one of the most humble and funniest guys he had known. They were neighbors in the game day locker room.

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“He was never bothered and enjoyed life,” Lewis said. “While I had butterflies in my stomach, he was joking and pumping me at the same time.”

Siragusa was one of the stars of the first season of the HBO show “Hard Knocks,” which follows an NFL team in training camp. In one memorable scene, he plays pranks on the tight ends of the team, who are meeting in a trailer, barricading the door with a table and a pallet. Star Shannon Sharpe tries the door several times, but is stuck inside.

“Once I realized we were locked inside, I already knew who did it,” Sharpe told ESPN in 2021. “When pranks were pulled and things happened, you know to some extent who would do something like that and that was Goose.”

In the next episode, Sharpe moves Goose’s truck from the player parking lot to a grocery store for his retribution, eventually getting a smiling Siragusa to apologize and a promise not to mess with him for the rest of the camp. Siragusa agreed – fingers crossed.

Siragusa also appeared in four episodes of “The Sopranos” as a minor character named Frankie Cortese and was in the 2002 Spike Lee film “25th Hour.”

On the fringes of game reviews for Fox, Siragusa was known for his sometimes crazy outfits. During a match in London, he wore a bowler and a dark pea coat. For a holiday game, he wore a Christmas tree sweater.

His unconventional sideline ad style had fans and critics alike. In 2016, a writer for Barstool Sports called him “the most unintentionally funny sideline journalist of all time”.
News of Siragusa’s death came hours after the Ravens announced outside linebacker Jaylon Ferguson had died at age 26. No cause of death was given. The Louisiana Tech prospect was drafted by Baltimore in the third round in 2019. In 38 games with the team, including 10 starts, Ferguson had 67 tackles and 4.5 sacks in three seasons.

“This is an extremely sad day for the Baltimore Ravens,” owner Steve Bisciotti said in a statement. “We appreciate everyone who has expressed their support for our players, coaches and staff.”

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