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Former NFL defensive lineman Tony Silagsa died Wednesday at his home in, New Jersey. He was 55 years old.
A Toms River police officer answers a phone call at his home in the Barrier Island section of the town, and the dispatcher tells TMZ that "CPR is in progress". rice field. Sports. Siragusa was later declared dead at home.
Former NFL player broadcast agent Jim Ornstein has confirmed the death of Silagsa. The cause of death was not immediately known.
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Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle Tony Silagsa and his wife Kathy at the parade Holding the Vince Lombardi trophy when riding together March 4, 2001, in his hometown of Kenilworth, NJ. (AP Photo / Jeff Zelevansky, file)
"Today is a really sad day," Ornstein said. "Tony was much better than my client. He was a family. My heart is towards Tony's loved ones."
Lovingly "Gachou" Known as Silagsa, he joined the NFL in 1990 as an undrafted free agent when he signed Coltsand.
He played 96 games in the organization and recorded 16.5 sack from 1990 to 1996. He joined Ravens in 1997 and played until 2001. He played with players such as Ray Lewis, Jamal Lewis and Rod. Woodson and Jamie Sharpener defeated the New York Giants in the 2001 Super Bowl.
Much around the NFL is feeling a loss.
"This is difficult. I love Goose like my brothers," Ray Lewis said. "From the first day we met, I knew that life was different. I knew he was the one who would change my life forever. He made you feel important and special. He was a unique person who was sick and could never be replaced. Such a man.
Tony Siragusa, Super Bowl Champion Defensive Blinman, died at age 55
FoxSports field reporter Tony Siragusa Working as a bystander during the Chicago Bears-Detroit Lions match in Ford Field on December 30th, 2012 in Detroit.(Leon Halip / Getty Images)
"In the field, he was the ultimate rival to bring out the best of all of us .. Don't put off what you can do today tomorrow. For Goose Embrace your loved one. We were all so blessed that God gave us time to celebrate our 2000 team a few weeks ago together.
"Siragusa" To the house: We lost a great man, but God got a great angel. They were blessed, embraced, and embraced by the peace he brought to all who met him. May be comforted. "
Ravens team ownerSteve Bisciotti said:
After retiring, Silagsa became a Deputy Reporter for Fox Sports and appeared in "Soplanos"
At the Baltimore Ravens middle guard during a match against the Pittsburgh Steelers at the PSI Net Stadium in Baltimore on September 19, 1999. A Tony Siragusa. (Tom Hauck / Getty Images)
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"His unrivaled passion for footballestablishes him as one of the most charismatic figures to step in front of grid irons and cameras. "I did," Fox Sports said in a statement. "Goose was natural in the ability to relate sports and their athletes to fans everywhere."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Ryan Gaydos is a sports editor for Fox News and Fox Business. You can send story tips to Ryan.Gaydos@fox.com.