Tony Siragusa

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Tony Siragusa
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Position: Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1967-05-14) May 14, 1967 (age 51)
Kenilworth, New Jersey
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:350 lb (159 kg)
Career information
High school: Kenilworth (NJ) Brearley
College: Pittsburgh
Undrafted: 1990
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles:562
Sacks:22
Fumble recoveries:9
Player stats at NFL.com

Anthony "Tony" Siragusa [1] (born May 14, 1967), nicknamed "Goose", is a former National Football League defensive tackle who spent 12 seasons with the Indianapolis Colts and the Baltimore Ravens. From 2003 to 2016, he worked as a sideline analyst for NFL games broadcast on the Fox Network, hosts the home renovation program Man Caves on the DIY Network, and participates in advertisements for Depend for Men.

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Defensive tackle position in American football

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Early life

Siragusa attended David Brearley High School in Kenilworth, New Jersey. In high school, he played football and was also a member of the wrestling team. He was the New Jersey state wrestling champion with a 97-1 career record. In football, he played defensive line, punted and place kicked. He had a 39-yard punting average and was 15-18 on PATs. Upon completion of high school, Siragusa attended the University of Pittsburgh where he was a member of the football program from 1986 through 1989.

David Brearley High School

David Brearley High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school that serves students in ninth through twelfth grades from Kenilworth in Union County, New Jersey, United States, operating as the lone secondary school of the Kenilworth Public Schools. The school is named for David Brearley, a signer of the United States Constitution.

Kenilworth, New Jersey Borough in New Jersey, United States

Kenilworth is a borough in Union County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the borough's population was 7,914, reflecting an increase of 239 (+3.1%) from the 7,675 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 101 (+1.3%) from the 7,574 counted in the 1990 Census.

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Professional career

Siragusa was an undrafted free agent [2] in 1990 and was signed by the Indianapolis Colts as a defensive tackle. He used to play nose tackle [3] to draw the double teams when the Indianapolis Colts were in a 3-4 defense or 4-3 defense. While Siragusa was a key part of the 1995 team that was one Hail Mary pass away from reaching Super Bowl XXX, he was enraged when Colts coach Ted Marchibroda was given a no-raise, no-extension contract offer that he rejected before resigning, and Siragusa was open about his dislike for new coach Lindy Infante and the team's VP of Football Operations Bill Tobin.

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In 1997, Siragusa signed with the Baltimore Ravens. [4] He was a part of the 2000 Baltimore Ravens defense that allowed the fewest total points in NFL history for a 16-game season.

Siragusa was fined $10,000 for an illegal hit on Oakland Raiders QB Rich Gannon in the 2000 AFC title game, injuring Gannon’s shoulder. [4] He helped lead the Ravens to their first Super Bowl in franchise history in Super Bowl XXXV where they beat the New York Giants, 34-7. [5]

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Siragusa retired following the 2001 season. He finished his career with 562 tackles (416 solo), 22 sacks, five forced fumbles, nine fumble recoveries for 12 yards, and 28 pass deflections in 170 career games. [6]

Post-playing career

Siragusa was a sideline reporter and analyst during NFL games on the Fox Network until his firing following the 2015 NFL season. [7] Siragusa usually appeared with Kenny Albert (before Albert, Dick Stockton and Curt Menefee) and Daryl Johnston. In 2015, he was paired with Thom Brennaman and Charles Davis. He appeared as the character Frankie Cortese in the HBO hit series The Sopranos . He partnered up with Michael Romanelli and opened a restaurant chain called Tiff's. The original name of the franchise was Tiffany's, but after a lawsuit by Tiffany & Co., the luxury jeweler, the name was shortened. He hosts Man Caves on the DIY network. He also presents a documentary program called Megamachines on the Discovery Channel.

Siragusa also played a Russian mobster in the movie 25th Hour . [8]

Out of a concern for men with prostate cancer, in 2013 Siragusa began appearing in an ad campaign for Depend for Men, saying, "I decided to go and shoot the commercial and bring a little bit of lightness to [the problem] where guys can talk about it and after I did the commercial you wouldn't believe the response." [9]

Siragusa has made a few appearances at his alma mater, the University of Pittsburgh. He was one of several honorary captains during the renewal of the Pitt-Penn State rivalry in 2016, shortly after ending his stint with Fox.

Siragusa is now doing a podcast entitled #ThePodcave. It is currently on iTunes, Spotify, and YouTube.

Personal life

Siragusa married his wife, Kathy, on April 22, 1995. The two have four children, Samantha, Rose, Ava, and Anthony Jr. They currently reside in Florham Park, New Jersey.

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