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Tony Siragusa, Super Bowl champion defensive lineman, dead at 55, ex-Ravens teammate says

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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. He was 55.

Former Ravens running back Jamal Lewis told TMZ Sports about Siragusa’s death.

"It's a sad day to be a Raven I must say," Lewis said.

https://www.foxnews.com/sports/tony-siragusa-dies-55

 

Longtime NFL player and personality Tony Siragusa has died at 55, according to multiple reports.

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Siragusa died in his sleep, according to Pro Football Network.

Known affectionately as "Goose,” Siragusa spent 12 years in the NFL with the Colts and Ravens, winning Super Bowl XXXV with Baltimore in 2001. He then spent over a decade as the sideline analyst for Fox NFL Sunday.

Tony Siragusa walks on the field prior to an Eagles vs. Saints game
Tony Siragusa walks on the field prior to an Eagles vs. Saints game.
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He was part of the late ’90s Ravens Super Bowl championship team, anchoring the tackle position for an all-time defense that also included Ray Lewis, Rod Woodson and Chris McAlister. The Ravens defeated the Giants 34-7 in the Super Bowl.

It was the second tragic loss of the day for the Ravens family. Earlier Wednesday, the team announced that linebacker Jaylon Ferguson had passed away at 26.

"It’s a sad day to be a Raven I must say,” former running back Jamal Lewis told TMZ.

In a 2012 interview with Howard Stern, Siragusa mentioned that his father died of a heart attack when he was 48, and passed away in his presence. He also said that heart disease runs in his family.

Tony Siragusa with the Ravens prior to Super Bowl XXXV
Tony Siragusa with the Ravens prior to Super Bowl XXXV.
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"If I die tomorrow, I told my wife, just put a smile on my face. Put a little [Frank] Sinatra on,” he said in that interview.

 

 

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But he was so healthy :sad: 

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4 hours ago, toolg said:

You think so? :huh:

I never ran a 5.13 40.  

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He was a helluva personality. Entertaining broadcaster. I’ve sometimes wondered whatever happened to him that he was no longer a fixture during the games. Wondered if he got fired. He just seemed to vanish.

 

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9 hours ago, FranklinFldEBUpper said:

He was a helluva personality. Entertaining broadcaster. I’ve sometimes wondered whatever happened to him that he was no longer a fixture during the games. Wondered if he got fired. He just seemed to vanish.

 

I noticed that as well and I enjoyed his commentary during games. He never took sides and always had straight forward and truthful answers

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He seemed to enjoy life. He died young but you know, some lives are twice as long yet half as full. RIP.

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11 hours ago, FranklinFldEBUpper said:

He was a helluva personality. Entertaining broadcaster. I’ve sometimes wondered whatever happened to him that he was no longer a fixture during the games. Wondered if he got fired. He just seemed to vanish.

 

I vaguely remember that he was fired. But just vaguely.

 

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'Goose' cooked: Tony Siragusa out as Fox NFL analyst as '16 lineups announced

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Tony Siragusa, aka "Goose," is officially cooked at Fox Sports. So ends the run of NFL broadcast TV's only "on-field analyst."

Fox released its NFL announcer pairings for the 2016 season Tuesday afternoon. The most prominent name missing was that of Siragusa, the Super Bowl-winning defensive lineman who worked Fox's NFL coverage for 12 seasons.

Ryan Glasspiegel of The Big Lead and Mike Florio at Pro Football Talk reported Siragusa was on his way out in March. Tuesday's bland press release without a mention of Siragusa made it official.

I liked the big lug on the air. The outgoing Siragusa was unique among sideline reporters.

For one thing, the New Jersey native provided the much-needed perspective of a defensive lineman. NFL TV partners are loaded with former offensive linemen giving their insights.

Fox's insistence that he was an "on-field analyst" communicated to viewers that Siragusa had more insight and authority than your average sideline reporter with a clipboard.

FLASHBACK: Joe Buck's hilarious Super Bowl skit in NYC

Siragusa worked with Fox's No. 2 broadcast team of Kenny Albert and Daryl Johnston for eight seasons from 2007-14.

Last season, Fox made Laura Okmin the sideline reporter for Albert-Johnston and shifted Siragusa to the Thom Brennaman-Charles Davis team.

Besides the departure of Siragusa, TV viewers will not notice many big changes on Fox's NFL game coverage this season.

Joe Buck and Troy Aikman are back as the lead announce team for the 15th straight season along with sideline reporter Erin Andrews. The trio will call Fox's coverage of Super Bowl LI from NRG Stadium in Houston on Feb. 5, 2017.

MORE: Andrews to focus on NFL in new deal with Fox

The trio of Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch and Pam Oliver have cemented their role as Fox's No. 2 broadcast team. Peter Schrager, who worked a couple of games last year, will replace Siragusa on the Brennaman-Davis team. He'll be a sideline reporter, however, not an on-field analyst.

One new team will include Dick Stockton, recent Fox hire Chris Spielman (who's returning after a stint at ESPN) and Kristina Pink.

Also getting their reps on the sideline and in the booth will be Shannon Spake, another recent Fox hire from ESPN, Holly Sonders, Danielle Trotta, Matt Millen and Brady Quinn.

Fox's NFL announcing lineup (play-by-play announcers/game analysts/sideline reporters) for the 2016 season:

— Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews

— Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch, Pam Oliver

— Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Laura Okmin

— Thom Brennaman, Charles Davis, Peter Schrager

— Chris Myers, Ronde Barber, Jennifer Hale

— Dick Stockton, Chris Spielman, Kristina Pink

— Sam Rose n, David Diehl, Shannon Spake/Holly Sonders

Will Siragusa catch on somewhere else? We'll see. 

NFL TV is a cruel business. Networks such as ESPN and CBS have revamped their studio crews in recent years. There's always a new batch of prospects coming out of the NFL Broadcast Boot Camp who are eager for a job.

The fact Siragusa is MIA this close to the season probably means we won't see him covering national NFL games this year.

https://www.sportingnews.com/us/nfl/news/tony-siragusa-fox-sports-out-nfl-joe-buck-troy-aikman-erin-andrews-chris-spielman-peter-schrager-kenny-albert-daryl-johnston-laura-okmin-charles-davis-thom-brennaman/1d147p7pgolwe1gtuoo4x4chvw

 

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