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Fan Favorite Tony Siragusa Passes

As reported by TMZ and shared with RSR by multiple sources, Tony Siragusa has passed away at the age of 55. Details of Tony’s death are forthcoming.

Tony for Ravens fans was much like Art Donovan was to fans of the Baltimore Colts. He was an instigator, a practical joker, an outspoken leader – a gentle giant. He endeared himself to Baltimore because his persona was cut from the same cloth as ours – a lunch pail kind of guy who worked hard, played hard and whose focus was upon the good of the team. He was willing to do the dirty work even if such duties didn’t shine a light on his efforts.

Less than a month ago, Tony was in town as one of the panelists celebrating the Ravens SB XXXV Championship at The Meyerhoff. He was the star of the show, offering anecdotes and stories that filled that magical 2000 season, nearly 22 years ago.

Siragusa will be best remembered for his playoff contributions in 2000, that infamous hit on Rich Gannon during the 2000 AFC Championship Game and of course his antics during HBO’s inaugural season of Hard Knocks.

Tony who passed peacefully in his sleep, was a resident of Ortley Beach, NJ is survived by his wife, Kathy and three children: Samantha, Ava, and Anthony Jr.

Tony Siragusa
via Twitter

Thoughts from teammates and coaches…

Steve and Renee Bisciotti

“Renee and I are stunned and heartbroken to learn about the sudden passing of Tony Siragusa.

“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.”

Ozzie Newsome

“Goose was quite a character, but he was one of our leaders on the 2000 Super Bowl team. He was probably one of the best run-stoppers to play for our defense over the years. My heart breaks for Kathy, Samantha, Anthony Jr. and Ava. They are in my prayers.”

Brian Billick

“There was no one like Goose – a warrior on the field and a team unifier with a giving, generous heart who helped teammates and the community more than most people know. We would not have won the Super Bowl without him. This is such stunning, sad news, and our hearts go out to Kathy and the Siragusa family.”

Marvin Lewis

“First of all, my deepest condolences to Tony’s family. With Tony as a friend and teammate, you needed no other. He played and lived life to the fullest. He always reminded me to ‘have fun.’ This is a very sad day.”

Sam Adams

“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.”

Jamal Lewis

“Goose was one of the most humble and funniest guys I knew. I can remember his locker being next to mine on game day. He was never bothered and enjoyed life. While I had butterflies in my stomach, he was cracking jokes and pumping me up at the same time. Glad we got a chance to be together one last time for the Super Bowl XXXV celebration. He will be truly missed.”

Tony Siragusa
Anthony Weaver via Facebook, posted on Twitter by Glenn Clark, Pressbox

Ray Lewis

“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.

“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.

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.”

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.”

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