The death of longtime NFL linebacker Tony Siragusa sparked echoes throughout the football world, including memories from Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti.
Siragusa played 73 regular season games over five seasons with the Ravens and also appeared in six postseason contests, including all four games the Ravens won en route to the team’s Super Bowl XXXV victory over the Giants. Bisciotti recalled Syragusa’s contributions to these teams, as well as the impact his personality had on the organization.
“He was a special person and certainly one of the most popular players in the history of the Ravens,” Bisciotti said in a statement. “Tony’s incredible personality has had a huge impact on our organization and the entire Baltimore community. On the football field, Goose was a significant player who contributed immeasurably to the success of many of the Ravens’ great defenses, including the record-breaking 2000 Super Bowl team. Our deepest prayers and sympathy go out to Kathy, their three children and the rest of the Siragusa family. This is an extremely sad day for the Baltimore Ravens. We appreciate everyone who has expressed support for our players, coaches and staff.”
Brian Billick coached this Ravens championship team and called Syragusa “a warrior on the field and a team unifier with a generous heart who helped teammates and the community more than most people know.” Billick added in a statement that the Ravens would not have won the championship without Syragusa’s contribution, and joined Bisciotti in expressing his condolences to Syragusa’s loved ones.