Former NFL champion Tony “the Goose” Siragusa has died aged just 55, but after a career spanning nearly 30 years, 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: “It’s a really sad day. Tony was more than my client, he was my family. My heart goes out to Tony’s loved ones.
Who was Tony Syragusa?
Siragusa was born in New Jersey in 1967 and began his college football career playing for the Pittsburgh Panthers at the University of Pittsburgh. According to the 2004 book Tales from the Pittsburgh Panthers, he was a starting defensive tackle during his sophomore and junior seasons (1986 and 1987) under head coach Mike Gottfried.
In the player’s biography in 2012, it was revealed that Siragusa had suffered an injury to his left anterior cruciate ligament which required surgery and caused him to sit out the 1989 season – because of this he did not was not drafted 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 then helped the team to a record-breaking season, in which they allowed the fewest runs of any team in the regular season. The Ravens went on to win 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 pitch and a team builder with a generous, generous heart who helped his teammates and community more than most people realize.
“We wouldn’t have won the Super Bowl without him. This is such amazing and sad news.
The Super Bowl winner retired from the sport in 2001 and pursued a career on camera. He has played supporting roles in projects such as 25th hour and The Sopranos. Siragusa also hosted the show, caves of men on the DIY network.
Eventually, he became one of three secondary NFL commentators on Fox until 2015.
Tony Siragusa’s net worth
Over his 30-plus-year career, Siragusa has 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 signed a four-year, $6 million contract. The deal ended with an average salary per season of $1.5 million. After adjusting for inflation, a $6 million deal in 1997 is equivalent to signing an $11 million deal today.
In his heyday as a television commentator, for Fox Sports, Siragusa earned an annual salary of $500,000 a year.
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