Former NFL defensive tackle Tony Siragusa, known during his playing days by the nickname “The Goose,” has died at the age of 55.
Siragusa’s death was confirmed by Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, who wrote in a social media post that he was “heartbroken, as is the entire Colts Nation.”
Irsay added in a subsequent post, “The Goose managed to enjoy 200 years of love and fun in just 55!!”
Siragusa’s cause of death was not immediately revealed.
“This is a really sad day,” Siragusa media agent Jim Ornstein told The Associated Press. ” Tony was so much more than my client, he was my family. My heart goes out to Tony’s loved ones .”
Siragusa, who played 12 NFL seasons — the first seven with the Colts and the last five with the Baltimore Ravens — retired from the league after the 2001 season.
The 6-foot-3, 330-pound defensive tackle a player came to Baltimore as an unrestricted free agent in 1997 and, along with Sam Adams, formed a defensive tackle tandem that topped 700 pounds and proved to be nearly impossible to penetrate.
Siragusa was an instant fan favorite in Baltimore and was often compared to the late Baltimore Colts player, Art Donovan, for his humor, voracious eating habits, and constant radio and television appearances.
After his retirement, Siragusa served as a pitching analyst for Fox Sports from 2003 to 2015.
He won a Super Bowl title with the Ravens, who defeated the New York Giants 34–7 in Super Bowl XXXV. During that regular season, he had two sacks and 28 tackles.
For his career, Siragusa posted 404 tackles, 22 sacks, and five forced fumbles.