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Tony Siragusa, a former NFL defensive lineman who won a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens, has died, a former teammate of his said Wednesday.
Former Ravens running back Jamal Lewis told TMZ Sports about Siragusa’s death.
Defensive lineman Tony Siragusa #98 of the Baltimore Ravens looks on from the sideline during a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on Nov. 4, 2001 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Ravens defeated the Steelers 13-10. (George Gojkovich/Getty Images)
“It’s a sad day to be a Raven I must say,” Lewis said.
Indianapolis Colts team owner Jim Irsay also tweeted his condolences after learning about Siragusa’s death.
“The Goose, Tony Siracusa (sic) has passed away at 55.. I’m heart broken as is all of Colts Nation,” he wrote.
Ravens team owner Steve Bisciotti and others would put out statements through the team on Siragusa’s passing.
“Renee and I are stunned and heartbroken to learn about the sudden passing of Tony Siragusa,” Bisciotti 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.”
Siragusa joined the Colts in 1990 as an undrafted free agent. The Kenilworth, New Jersey, native was a nose tackle and a defensive tackle for the Colts for seven seasons. He played 96 games for the organization and recorded 16.5 sacks from 1990 to 1996.
Tony Siragusa #98, Nose Tackle for the Baltimore Ravens during the American Football Conference Central game against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 19, 1999 at the PSINet Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland, United States. The Steelers won the game 23-20. (Tom Hauck/Getty Images)
He joined the Ravens in 1997 and played for them until 2001. He, alongside players like Ray Lewis, Jamal Lewis, Rod Woodson and Jamie Sharper, defeated the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV.
“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,” Ray Lewis said.
“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.”
He played in 73 games and recorded 5.5 sacks for the Ravens.
Over the course of his career, he played in 169 games, recorded 22 sacks and 564 total tackles.
Siragusa was an NFL analyst for FOX in 2015 and played the character Frankie Cortese in the HBO series “The Sopranos.”
Tony Siragusa of Fox Sports stands on the sideline during a game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Arizona Cardinals on Dec. 1, 2013 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles won 24-21. (Hunter Martin/Philadelphia Eagles/Getty Images)
He married his wife Kathy in 1995, and they had three children.
Ryan Gaydos is the sports editor for Fox News and Fox Business. Story tips can be sent to Ryan.Gaydos@fox.com.