Former NFL champion, Tony ‘the Goose’ Siragusa, has passed away at only 55 years old, but after an almost-30-year career what was his net worth?
It was announced today, June 23, that the former player died on Wednesday (June 22) as his broadcast agent Jim Ornstein confirmed the death – however, his cause of death was not immediately available.
According to AP Ornstein said: “This is a really sad day. Tony was way more than my client, he was family. My heart goes out to Tony’s loved ones.”
Who was Tony Siragusa?
Siragusa was born in New Jersey in 1967 and began his career in college football playing for the Pittsburgh Panthers, at the University of Pittsburgh. He was a starting defensive tackle in his sophomore and junior seasons (1986 and 1987) under head coach Mike Gottfried, according to the 2004 book Tales from the Pittsburgh Panthers.
In the player’s 2012 biography it revealed Siragusa suffered an injury to his left anterior cruciate ligament which required surgery and made him sit out the 1989 season – because of this he was undrafted in 1990.
Regardless of being undrafted, he was signed by the Indianapolis Colts as a defensive tackle. In 1997 Siragusa signed with the Baltimore Ravens – the team he is most famous for.
Under the Ravens, he went on to help the team to a record-breaking season, in which they allowed the fewest points of any team in regular-season play. The Ravens subsequently won SuperBowl XXXV, in 2000.
Brian Billick, the coach of that 2000 team, released a statement saying: “There was no one like Goose — a warrior on the field and a team unifier with a giving, generous heart who helped teammates and the community more than most people know.
“We would not have won the Super Bowl without him. This is such stunning, sad news.”
The Super Bowl winner retired from the sport in 2001 and went on to pursue an on-camera career. He has played supporting roles in such projects as 25th Hour and The Sopranos. Siragusa also hosted the show, Man Caves on the DIY Network.
Eventually, he became one of three sideline commentators for the NFL on Fox through 2015.
Tony Siragusa’s net worth
Over his 30-plus-year career, Siragusa amassed a staggering net worth of $6 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
In 1997, when he was signed to play for the Baltimore Ravens he was signed to a four-year $6 million deal. The deal worked out to an average per-season salary of $1.5 million. After adjusting for inflation, a $6 million deal in 1997 is the same as signing an $11 million deal today.
At his peak as a TV commentator, for Fox Sports, Siragusa earned an annual salary of $500 thousand per year.
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