Tony Siragusa, Super Bowl winner who became a funny sideline reporter, dies at age 55

The team announcement did not list a cause or place for his death.

“The Siragusa family asks that everyone 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 sideline analyst on the network’s NFL broadcasts.

“This is a tough one. I love Goose as a brother,” said former Ravens superstar Ray Lewis. “From the first day we met, I knew life was different. I knew he was someone who would change my life forever. He was a unique person who made you feel important and special. You can never replace one. such a man.

“On the field, he was the ultimate competitor who brought out the best in us all.”

Former running back Jamal Lewis said Siragusa was one of the most humble and funny guys he knew. They were neighbors in the closet.

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

Siragusa was one of the standouts in the first season of the HBO show “Hard Knocks”, which follows an NFL team in training camp. In a memorable scene, he pranks the team’s narrow ends, which meet in a trailer, by locking the door with a table and a pallet. Star Shannon Sharpe tries the door several times, but is stuck inside.

“When I realized we were locked in, I already knew who was doing it,” Sharpe told ESPN in 2021. “When there were pranks and things happened, you know to a certain extent who would do something like that, and that was Goose. “

In the next episode, Sharpe Goose’s truck moves from the players’ parking lot to a grocery store to get his revenge, and finally gets a grinning Siragusa to apologize and a promise not to mess with him the rest of the camp. Siragusa said yes – while crossing his fingers.

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

On the sidelines of analyzing games for Fox, Siragusa was known for his sometimes crazy outfits. At a game in London, he was wearing a bowler and a dark peacoat. For a holiday game, he wore a Christmas sweater.

His unconventional announcement style on the sidelines had fans and critics. In 2016, a Barstool Sports writer called him the “most unintentionally funny sideline reporter of all time.”
The news of Siragusa’s death came hours after the Ravens announced external linebacker Jaylon Ferguson had died at the age of 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, 10 of which were starts, Ferguson had 67 tackles and 4.5 sacks in three seasons.

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