Tony Siragusa holds up the trophy presented to the winner of the Super Bowl during a parade in his hometown of Kenilworth, New Jersey, on March 4, 2001. (CNN) — Tony Siragusa, a key player in the Super Bowl-winning team of the Baltimore Ravens in 2001, died unexpectedly Wednesday morning, according to a team statement. The announcement did not identify the cause or place of his death. “The Siragusa family asks that everyone respect his privacy during this difficult time,” the organization said. Tony Siragusa had a 12-year career as a defensive tackle with the Indianapolis Colts and Ravens before working for Fox Sports from 2003 to 2015, including nearly a decade as an analyst on the network’s NFL telecasts. “This is tough. I love Goose like a brother,” former Ravens superstar Ray Lewis said. “From the first day we met, I knew that life was different. I knew that he was someone who would change my life forever. He was a unique person who made you feel important and special. You can never replace a man like that. “In the field, he was the greatest competitor who brought out the best in all of us”. Former running back Jamal Lewis said Siragusa was one of the most humble and fun guys he knew. They were neighbors in the locker room every game day. “He never got upset and he enjoyed life,” Lewis said. “While I had butterflies in my stomach, he was telling jokes and cheering me on at the same time.” Tony Siragusa was one of the highlights in the first season of the HBO show “Hard Knocks,” which follows an NFL team through training camp, also appeared in four episodes of “The Sopranos” as a minor character named Frankie Cortese and was in the 2002 Spike Lee movie “25th Hour.” On the field, analyzing games for Fox, Tony Siragusa was known for his sometimes wacky outfits. At a game in London, he wore a bowler hat and a dark pea coat. For a game over the holidays, he wore a wool sweater. Christmas tree. News of Tony Siragusa’s death came hours after the Ravens announced outside linebacker Jaylon Ferguson had died at age 26. A cause of death was not released. The Louisiana Tech prospect was recruited by Baltimo re in the third round in 2019. In 38 games with the team, 10 of which were starts, Ferguson had 67 tackles and 4.5 sacks over three seasons. “This is a tremendously sad day for the Baltimore Ravens,” owner Steve Bisciotti said in a statement. “We thank everyone who has expressed great support for our players, coaches and staff.”
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