Tony Syracuse, a former NFL defensive lineman, died Wednesday at his home in New Jersey. He is 55 years old.
Toms River Police officers responded to a call to a home in the town’s Barrier Islands section and told the sender “CPR is in progress” to TMZ Sports. Syracuse was later pronounced dead at home.
Jim Ornstein, former NFL player’s broadcasting agent, has confirmed the death of Syracuse. The cause of death was not immediately known.
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“It’s a really sad day,” Ornstein said. “Tony is so much more than my client. He’s family. My heart goes out to Tony’s loved ones.”
Syracuse, affectionately known as “Goose”, joined the NFL in 1990 as an undrafted free agent when he signed with the Colts.
He played 96 games for the organization and recorded 16.5 socks from 1990 to 1996. He joined the Ravens in 1997 and played for them until 2001. He defeated the New York Giants along with players such as Ray Lewis, Jamal Lewis, Rod Woodson and Jamie Sharper. In the 2001 Super Bowl.
Many people around the NFL are suffering.
“It’s very tough. I love Goose as a brother,” Ray Lewis said. “From the first day we met, I knew life was different. I knew he was the man who would change my life forever. He’s the kind of person who makes you feel important and unique. You’ll never be replaced by such a man.
Tony Syracuse, Super Bowl Champion Defensive Lineman, dies at 55
“On the field, he’s the ultimate contender for discovering the best of us all. We can never postpone tomorrow for what we can do today. Hug your loved ones for the goose. We are all so blessed that God gave it to us. We celebrated our 2000 team together a few weeks ago.
“To the Syracuse family: We lost a great man, but God got a great angel. They should be blessed, captured and comforted by the peace he provided to everyone he encountered.”
Ravens team owner Steve Bissiotti added: “This is a very sad day for the Baltimore Ravens. We appreciate everyone who has supported our players, coaches and staff.”
After his retirement, Syracuse became a sideline reporter for Fox Sports and appeared in “The Sopranos”.
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“His unparalleled passion for football has made him one of the most glamorous people on the grid or in front of the camera,” Fox Sports said in a statement. “Goose is natural for fans everywhere to relate to the sport and its players.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.