Sad news today as multiple national outlets are reporting on the death of former Pitt defensive tackle Tony Siragusa.
NFL reporter Aaron Wilson reports that the 55-year-old Siragusa died in his sleep.
The Goose,Tony Siracusa has passed away at 55.. I’m heart broken as is all of Colts Nation❤️🙏🏼🏈
— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) June 22, 2022
RIP Tony Siragusa.
Undrafted to starter on one of the most dominant defenses of all-time.
Tony Soprano’s bodyguard.
“If I wanted to learn a school song,
would've gone to Notre Dame or
Penn State. I want to kill people on the football field. That's why I came to Pitt.” pic.twitter.com/c1jYhnWIPc
— Donny Football (@DonChed54) June 22, 2022
The native of Kenilworth, New Jersey played with the Pitt Panthers in the late 80s under Mike Gottfried and was a starter on the 1986 and 1987 teams.
During camp in 1988, Siragusa tore his left ACL and was forced to miss the entire season, which severely impacted his NFL Draft status.
Following his career at Pitt, Siragusa enjoyed a successful NFL career despite being undrafted. In 1990, Siragusa made the Indianapolis Colts and became a full time starter by 1992.
The 6-foot-3, 340-pound defensive tackle went on to play for the Baltimore Ravens and was a key member of their defensively dominant Super Bowl-winning team in 2000. “Goose” finished his NFL career with 562 tackles, 22 sacks and 9 fumble recoveries.
Siragusa retired following the 2001 season and moved into broadcasting, which was a natural fit considering his big personality and opinionated nature. Siragusa worked as a sideline reporter for Fox Sports from 2003-15.
One thing was always clear when you saw Goose on your TV: he was having a blast because he loved just football. As it should be.
Such a good player for a long time and a memorable TV presence after that. RIP.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) June 22, 2022
Siragusa was proud of playing for the Pitt Panthers and was a frequent visitor to Pitt games over the years.
Siragusa was 55 years old.