Former NFL defensive tackle Tony Siragusa, known in his playing career as “The Goose”, has died at the age of 55.
Siragusa’s death was confirmed by Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, who said he was “heartbroken as is the entire Colts Nation.”
Siragusa, who played 12 NFL seasons – the first seven with the Colts and last five with the Baltimore Ravens – retired from the NFL after the 2001 season.
Siragusa, who was 6-foot-3 and 330-pound during his playing career, came to Baltimore as an unrestricted free agent in 1997 and formed, with Sam Adams, a 700-plus-pound defensive tackle tandem that proved to be almost unbearable.
Siragusa proved to be an instant favorite in Baltimore, and was often compared to late Baltimore Colt Art Donovan for his humor, voracious eating habits, and constant radio and television appearances.
Following his retirement, Siragusa was a sideline analyst for Fox Sports from 2003 to 2015.
He won a Super Bowl championship with the Ravens, who defeated the New York Giants 34-7 in Super Bowl XXXV. In that regular season, he had two sacks and 28 tackles.
For his career, Siragusa had 404 tackles, 22 sacks and five forced fumbles.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.