Former Pitt Football star Tony Siragusa has died

Former Pitt Football star Tony Siragusa has died

06/22/2022 16:00:00

PITTSBURGH–Tony Siragusaa standout Pitt defenseman from 1985-1989 who played 12 NFL seasons has died at the age of 55.

Nicknamed “The Goose,” Siragusa came to Pitt as a freshman in 1985 after enjoying a successful career at David Brearley High School in New Jersey, where he was an All-State football player and state champion wrestler.

He rose to prominence in 1986 as a sophomore, amassing 78 tackles and seven sacks. He amassed 17 tackles, including four for losses, in a win over Rutgers this season. Hampered by injuries for the next two years, Siragusa rebounded as a senior in 1989 with 60 stops, 13 TFLs and 5.5 sacks. His performance helped the Panthers to an 8-3-1 record, including a 31-28 win over Texas A&M at the Sun Bowl.

Known for his passionate play on the field and colorful wit, Siragusa remains one of the most popular panthers of his day. Never one to shy away from a moving quote, Siragusa once said, “If I wanted to learn a school song, I would have gone to Notre Dame or Penn State.” I want to kill people on the soccer field. That’s why I came to Pitt.”

Siragusa is perhaps the greatest NFL free agent success story in Pitt Football. He was unselected in the 1990 12-round NFL draft and eventually signed with the Indianapolis Colts. In the end, Siragusa played 12 NFL seasons – seven with the Colts and his last five with the Baltimore Ravens – and won a Super Bowl in Baltimore in 2000.

Siragusa retired from the NFL after the 2001 season. He then embarked on a long and varied media career that included working as an analyst for FOX’s NFL coverage, a recurring role on HBO’s cult series The sopranos and hosting shows on the Discovery Channel and the DIY Network.

Narduzzi on Siragusa

“Tony really was bigger than life, on and off the field,” Pitts head football coach said Pat Narduzzi. “He played the game passionately and relentlessly. Despite not being drafted, he thrived in the NFL for 12 years. Life after football took him to so many places, but he never forgot Pitt. We could always count on him to send the best footage, encouraging chats with our boys before our biggest games. ‘The Goose’ leaves a great legacy and will be sorely missed. Our condolences go out to his family, many loved ones and former teammates.”

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