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Tony Siragusa death: Ray Lewis, former Ravens teammates, NFL figures react on social media

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Tony Siragusa, NFL defensive star throughout the 1990s and an important member of the Super Bowl XXXV-winning Baltimore Ravens, died Wednesday at age 55. The news of Syragusa’s death was confirmed in a statement by the Ravens.

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An undrafted free agent from Pittsburgh, Siragusa was drafted to the Indianapolis Colts and became a standout in the nose, playing seven seasons and helping his team reach the AFC Championship in 1995. Siragusa then joined the Baltimore Ravens in 1997, where he played for the rest of his career. Syragusa’s main achievement came in 2000 when he played a major role in the Ravens’ historically dominant defense that led the team to Super Bowl XXXV victory.

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Much of the sympathy that followed news of Syragusa’s demise came from his former Ravens teammates, most notably Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis and Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti.

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Other former Ravens who shared their sympathy included running back Jamal Lewis, fellow linebackers Sam Adams and Anthony Weaver, head coach Brian Billick, defensive coordinator Marvin Lewis, and team owners Steve and Rene Bisciotti.

The Indianapolis Colts also reacted to Syragusa’s death, including team owner Jim Irsay and daughter Kalen Jackson.

Syragusa’s death exacerbated what was already a day of mourning for the Ravens franchise. Earlier Wednesday, it was announced that outside midfielder Jaylon Ferguson had died suddenly at the age of 26.

Reactions also came from Pitt Football and Jimmy’s Famous Seafood in Baltimore.

Syragusa is survived by Cathy Siragusa, his wife of 27 years, and their three children.



Source: www.cbssports.com

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