As tributes poured in Wednesday in the wake of Tony Siragusa’s death, an emotional interview from the Super Bowl champion’s past resurfaced online.
During a sit-down with Howard Stern in 2012, Siragusa reflected on his own mortality as he discussed his father’s death from a heart attack, and how he passed away in his presence.
“If I die tomorrow, I told my wife, just put a smile on my face. Put a little [Frank] Sinatra on,” Siragusa said at the time.
Siragusa died Wednesday at the age of 55, according to multiple reports. The former player-turned-Fox NFL analyst passed away in his sleep, per Pro Football Network.
A former defensive tackle, Siragusa — who was nicknamed the “Goose” — played for the Colts and Ravens during his 12-year NFL career, winning Super Bowl 35 with Baltimore in 2001.
Siragusa amassed 564 tackles, 22 sacks in his career.
Members of the NFL community mourned Siragusa’s death Wednesday afternoon, including Colts owner Jim Irsay who tweeted, “The Goose, Tony Siragusa has passed away at 55. I’m heart broken as is all of Colts Nation.”
Siragusa’s passing comes hours after the Ravens announced the death of linebacker Jaylon Ferguson, who was 26 years old.