Teammates remember Tony Siragusa as a big-time player with a bigger personality

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Tony Siragusa, the former NFL defensive tackle who died Wednesday at the age of 55, was remembered by teammates for the major role he played on the Ravens’ Super Bowl XXXV championship.

“This is a tough one,” Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis said. “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. 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.”

Said defensive tackle Sam Adams, who played alongside Siragusa in the middle of the Ravens’ defensive line, “It was an honor and a privilege to line up next to Tony Siragusa. He made the game fun and was a true competitor. Our D-line room was special on and off the field. May he rest easy, and may God bless and keep his family.”

Said Hall of Fame defensive back Rod Woodson, “Tony was always the life of the party. I know he loved his family and friends. My feelings are overwhelmed right now with grief for his family.”

Said Ravens kicker Matt Stover, “I am sorry to lose such a great teammate and friend. I truly believe that the Super Bowl XXXV team would have never been as good as it was without Tony. He not only plugged up the middle, but his locker room presence created a loose environment when things were tight. He will be missed, but not forgotten.”

10 responses to “Teammates remember Tony Siragusa as a big-time player with a bigger personality

  1. I remember when Goose broke our spirits and Gannon’s collar bone. We woulda won the Super Bowl if the Ravens didn’t stop us.

    Gotta respect the power of the big man. RIP Tony.

  2. When Siragusa was in Indianapolis, he was often seen out in public. Seemed to usually be by himself but still joked with the people around him. Didn’t seem egotistic. I remember seeing him at a chicken wing place with a server’s tray size amount of wings piled up. He just sat there and ate and drank beer. Joking with people as they went by. Seemed like a genuine nice guy off the field and an old school hard nose player on the field. RIP Goose!

  3. Overall I wish the ratbirds nothing but continuous 0-16 seasons but I have liked individual players and Goose was the one I liked best. RIP Sir!

  4. Was the cause of death sleep apnea or heart attack ? I have warned people for years about taking their apnea seriously.

  5. Solid part of a great Ravens defence. Also seemed to have a lot of fun as a broadcaster after he retired, although I think he spent more time chatting with people on the sidelines than actually reporting. RIP.

  6. A real gentleman off the field, from personal experience. Too young to leave this earth and I feel for his family in Toms River. RIP Goose.

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