The owners of the Indianapolis Colts and Baltimore Ravens said Super Bowl-winning defensive tackle and Fox Sports football television analyst Tony Serragosa died Wednesday. He was 55 years old.
Colts owner Jim Ersay confirmed Syragosa’s death on Twitter. The cause of death has not yet been announced.
Seragosa, nicknamed Goz, played 12 seasons in the NFL, seven of them for the Colts, who acquired him in 1990 as a draft-free free agent. He joined the Baltimore Ravens in 1997 and retired after the 2001 season, after a year of playing. Key defensive role as the franchise won its first Super Bowl.
“Renee and I are shocked and heartbroken to learn of the sudden death of Tony Serragosa,” Ravens owner Steve Bessotti said in a statement. “He was a special person and obviously one of the most popular players in the history of the Ravens.
Irsay said on Twitter that Siragusa was a lover of fun and “one of the strongest players I’ve ever seen physically in 50 years.”
Syragosa, known in his playing days for weighing 330 pounds, was a key member of the Ravens’ championship team in the 2000 season. While that season was one of his worst in terms of stats – he recorded just 27 tackles without a sack – he contributed to the NFL’s most formidable defense, absorbing the blockers so that the star Linebacker Ray Lewis, defensive back Rod Woodson, lineman Sam Adams and others. To succeed in your role. The unit set NFL records for the allowed 16 points and rushing yards (970) in the regular season of 16 games.
“On the field, he was the ultimate opponent, the best of us all,” Lewis said in a statement.
Seragosa, who was born in New Jersey, won the Wrestling State Championship at Kennelworth’s Bareilly High School, where he also played defensively for the football team. He was also her painter and cooker.
He played college football in Pittsburgh and then signed with the Colts as a free agent, starting 78 games in seven seasons.
During the AFC Championship game for the 2000 season, Siragusa outscored several blockers early in the second quarter and the Raiders had little chance of dismissing quarterback Rich Gannon, who had thrown the ball before he arrived. ۔ But Serragosa hit Gannon hard and landed on the quarterback with his full body weight, injuring Gannon’s left collar bone. Syragosa was later fined, but Gannon’s injury helped the Ravens to a 16-3 victory, winning the Super Bowl against the Giants.
“There was no one like Goose – a fighter on the field and a giver to the team, a generous heart who helped teammates and the community better than most people know,” said Brian Bulk, who ran from 1998 to 2007. Coaching the Ravens, he said. A statement. “We couldn’t have won the Super Bowl without it.”
Serragosa served as Fox Sports Broadcaster from 2003-15. He is survived by his wife, Kathy, and three children: Samantha, Ava and Anthony Jr.