Anthony Siragusa Obituary | Anthony Siragusa Sr., nicknamed “the Goose,” was an American professional football player who played defensive lineman for the Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens in the National Football League for 12 seasons (NFL).
From 2003 to 2015, he worked as a sideline analyst for NFL games broadcast on the Fox Network following his football career. He also presented a number of television shows, including the DIY Network’s home improvement show Man Caves.
Siragusa went to Kenilworth’s David Brearley High School.He was a part of the football and wrestling teams in high school.
He had a 97-1 career record as the New Jersey state wrestling champion.He played defensive line, punted, and placed kicks in football. He averaged 39 yards per punt and converted 15 of 18 extra point attempts.
Siragusa signed with the Baltimore Ravens, who were coached by his previous coach, Ted Marchibroda, in 1997. (which occurred until he was fired for Brian Billick in 1999).
He appeared in 14 games, starting 13, and had one fumble recovery and 27 total tackles in 1997. He appeared in and started 15 games in 1998, with one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and 41 total tackles.
He appeared in and started 14 games in 1999, recording two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, 3.5 sacks, and 36 total tackles. He was a member of the Baltimore Ravens defence in 2000, which allowed the fewest overall points in NFL history in a 16-game season.
He appeared in and started 15 games in 2000, recording one fumble recovery and 27 total tackles.Siragusa was fined $10,000 for an illegal hit on Oakland Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon in the AFC championship game in 2000, which injured Gannon’s shoulder.
In Super Bowl XXXV, he helped lead the Ravens to their first Super Bowl in franchise history, defeating the New York Giants 34-7. Siragusa retired after the 2001 season, after recording two sacks and 28 total tackles. In 170 career games, he has 562 tackles, 22 sacks, five forced fumbles, nine fumble recoveries for 12 yards, and 28 pass deflections.
He had the heart of a giant because, in every sense, he was one.Anthony “Tony” Siragusa, 55, beloved son of Pete and Rosemarie, husband, father, and brother, died Wednesday, June 22, 2022, in his Ortley Beach home. Siragusa previously lived in Florham Park, New Jersey, and Jupiter, Florida.
Siragusa rose from small-town hero to Superbowl champion thanks to an outstanding personality and exceptional talent on the football pitch.
He married his high school love Kathy, had three daughters, Samantha Rose, Anthony Peter, and Ava Kathleen, and captivated generations of fans who came to know him as “Goose.”
Siragusa, one of the most popular players in Ravens history, played in the NFL for 12 seasons as a Super Bowl-winning defensive tackle before becoming a Fox Sports television analyst from 2003 to 2015 for the network’s NFL broadcasts.
From 2007 until 2015, he co-hosted the DIY Network’s home renovation series Man Caves, which aired over 130 episodes. He was most recently a partner with Titan Aviation Group, an aircraft charter company.
Despite his professional success, Siragusa was first and foremost a family man who enjoyed spending time with his children, his wife, his mother, his brothers Peter and Elio, their wives, Debbie and Tara, their children, and innumerable cousins and close friends.
He was strongly rooted in his hometown of Kenilworth, to the point that some may argue that you could take the “Goose” out of Kenilworth but not the “Goose” out of Kenilworth.
He wrestled, played Little League Baseball, sung in the David Brearley High School chorus, won the 1985 NJSIAA HWT state wrestling championship, was a 1984 All State Lineman, and also contributed as a punter and kicker for the squad.
He even found time to join the Brearley High School golf team. To cap off his high school career, he was inducted into the NJSIAA Hall of Fame in 2022.
Despite his celebrity, Siragusa never lost his roots, clinging to family, friends, past coaches, and even the cherished deli sandwich at Massimo Italian Delicatessen or slice of pizza at Three Guys. When he was in town, he would swing by Bruno’s on Monroe and 12th Street and enjoy a beer and a story at Buffy’s Tavern.
Tony was a man of simple pleasures with a big appearance. He commanded the room and, for a while, the football field, where he contributed to one of the NFL’s most feared defences.
Siragusa enjoyed cooking, but he was also a man with many hobbies. In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, driving his boats, golfing, travelling, and getting away from it all at his upstate New York cottage.
He took tremendous pride in his patriotism, demonstrating support for the military, police, and first responders worldwide, in addition to all of his interests.
He was inspired to make other people’s lives a bit easier by offering a handshake, a nice word, picking up a police officer’s check, and seeing a man at a counter eating a meal he knew he had worked so hard for to enjoy on this one day. Tony was a generous person.
It was his life’s aim to leave a legacy of love, guidance, making others feel like they were the most important people in the world, and spreading joy. No one could tell a greater story or make people laugh harder than he could.
His adventures were inexhaustible, his stories were entertaining, and his ability to make light of everything was astounding. A jack of all trades, or a man who wears several hats, is not an exaggeration.
His being, body, soul, identity, personality, vitality, and love for life were superhuman and incompatible with anyone on this planet. His love of life, of family, friends, experiences, and all those he personally touched, as well as those who simply saw him on TV or in interviews, there was no difference.
He was the genuine article. We were fortunate to be a small part of what he has in store for all of us in the future.
Siragusa began appearing in an ad campaign for Depend for Men in 2013 out of concern for men with prostate cancer, saying.
“I decided to go and shoot the commercial and bring a little bit of lightness to where guys can talk about it and after I did the commercial you wouldn’t believe the response.”