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Former Pitt DT Tony Siragusa Dead at Age 55



Former Pitt legend Tony Siragusa (Photo credit: Mike Vukovcan)

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 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.

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.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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