‘His Mom Called Me the Next Day’: Hall of Fame QB Dan Marino’s Mother Called Late NFL Legend Tony ‘Goose’ Siragusa After a Rough Tackle on Her Son

Published 06/24/2022, 5:41 AM EDT

Legendary Colts defensive tackle Tony Siragusa was larger than life, both on and off the field. His fiercely competitive nature and jovial personality made him a beloved athlete. Siragusa was a mainstay of the Colts’ defense in the 1990s. The DT later played with the Baltimore Ravens and won a Super Bowl with the franchise.

The Ravens made an unfortunate announcement on Wednesday. Siragusa passed away in New Jersey. He was 55 years old. His untimely demise shocked the NFL world. Tributes poured in from fans, analysts, players, and franchises for the DT. Among the tributes being shared include various videos of Siragusa.

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Tony Siragusa once got a call from an opponent’s mom

The NFL Siragusa played in was a world apart from today’s league. The 1990s were not when player safety was on anyone’s mind. Regulations about player injuries were to a minimum. In such a league, the dangerous play was expected as a workplace hazard by everyone, including illegal tackles.

After his death, dozens of videos of the DT resurfaced. In one such video shared on Twitter, we could see the defensive player recalling the time he received a call from QB Dan Marino’s mother after a match. He said, “One time I hit him low… one time we got a flag and his mom called me the next day. I was like your mom called me, man… she said I thought you and Danny were friends.”

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The incident elicited a hilarious response from the interviewer. The recollection came about while the late DT was talking about instances where family members had called upon players. He said players often take a lot of humorous flack for such calls and it looks slightly unprofessional for pro-athletes to behave like this.

Siragusa through his achievements

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The late athlete was a Super Bowl winner and had a host of records to his name. Standing at 6-foot-3 and 330-pound, Siragusa was undrafted during his first draft in 1989. The DT began his career at Indianapolis Colts, playing over seven seasons. He recorded 405 tackles, 16.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, and five fumble recoveries.

But his move to the Baltimore Ravens was a special period of his career. He totaled 159 tackles, 5.5 sacks, one forced fumble and four fumble recoveries and won a Super Bowl in the 2000 season with the Ravens. Post his retirement, he was an analyst for Fox Sports.

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Siragusa was a team player through and through. Widely loved by his teammates, his death came as a shock to everyone. It left a large void in the NFL community and he would sorely be missed. But these videos and other reminders of the man would always allow everyone to recollect Tony Siragusa fondly.

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Prithwiraj Gupta

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Prithwiraj Gupta is an NFL author at EssentiallySports. He has completed his Master's in History from Pune University. The contact aspect of the NFL made him interested in the sport.

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