Former Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Tony “Goose” Siragusa has died at the age of 55.
Lewis is the second Ravens player to die in the past two days following the “questionable death” of linebacker Jaylon Ferguson, 26, on Tuesday.
Siragusa’s former Ravens teammate Jamal Lewis confirmed the death to TMZ, saying, “It’s a sad day to be a Ravens I have to say.”
A cause of death was not announced.
A dual athlete in high school, Goose played college ball with the University of Pittsburgh under head coach Mike Gottfried.
His career took a hit in 1988 when he tore his cruciate ligament and was forced to sit out the entire ’88 season.
Before his injury, Siragusa was scouted as a first-round draft pick but was not drafted in the 1990 NFL draft.
Prior to the 1990 season, he signed with the Indianapolis Colts as an unrestricted free agent.
Goose spent seven seasons with the Colts before eventually joining the Ravens in 1997 and helping Baltimore win their first Super Bowl in 2000, where they defeated the New York Giants.
Siragusa, a juggernaut featuring Ray Lewis, Rod Woodson and Adalius Thomas, helped the Ravens’ defense set the record for fewest points in a regular season en route to winning the chip.
Siragusa’s death comes hours after the sudden death of current Ravens linebacker Ferguson.
The Ravens announced the tragic news on Wednesday via their Twitter page, calling Ferguson a “respectful young man with an infectious personality.”
“We are deeply saddened by the sudden death of Jaylon Ferguson. He was a kind, respectful young man with a big smile and an infectious personality,” the team said.
“We send our heartfelt condolences to Jaylon’s family and friends as we mourn a life lost far too soon.”
The cause of death was not mentioned in the statement.
Baltimore City Police said a victim, later identified as Ferguson, died Tuesday night of a “questionable death.”
However, police officers told TMZ that they suspect no fault of their own, adding that there were no signs of trauma.
Ferguson’s death comes after Ravens head coach John Harbaugh revealed he was one of two players who missed practice on Thursday.
“A few little things you might see in practice: ‘Snoop’ [Tyler Huntley] has a little tendinitis in his shoulder from all the throwing, so we’ve only given him rest for the last two days [for] that, so he’s going to be fine,” Harbaugh said Baltimore sun.
“Jaylon [Ferguson] sprained his ankle yesterday – you saw that – so we stalled him. And Nick Boyle just had the day off; it was in his rotation.”
Harbaugh said Ferguson sustained a minor sprained ankle in practice Wednesday.
Baltimore drafted Ferguson out of Louisiana Tech in 2019, where he was known as “Sack Daddy.”
He holds the NCAA’s Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) record for career sacks at 45.
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