The State of Sports!

NJSports.com

Get New Bio Updates
on Facebook!

All you need to know about New Jersey sports history.

Baseball Basketball Boxing & Wrestling Football Hockey Golf Soccer Tennis Track & Field

Auto Racing Horse Racing Olympic Sports Women's Sports Miscellaneous Sports

TSiragua 

Tony Siragusa

Sport: Football

Born: May 14, 1967

Town: Kenilworth

Anthony Siragusa was born May 14, 1967 in Kenilworth. Quick, agile and big for his age, he was a good football and baseball player as a kid. He played the defensive line and handled kicking duties for the Brearly High Bears, eventually growing to a height of 6’3” and tipping the scales at close to 250 pounds.. He was also the star of the wrestling team, losing just once in 98 matches and winning a state championship in 1985. Tony’s brothers, Pete and Elio, were also skilled grapplers.

Tony accepted a scholarship to the University of Pittsburgh and played defensive tackle for the Pitt varsity four years beginning in 1986. He was plagued my knee problems throughout his career. He actually had the ACL removed from his left leg. That was a huge red flag for NFL teams and in 1990 Tony went undrafted.

A handful of teams expressed an interest in Tony as a free agent, including the Eagles. He was tempted to play for Buddy Ryan, but feared he would never get off the bench with so many stars ahead of him on the depth TonySiragusaCommercialcharts. Instead, he signed with the Colts. A doctor in Indianapolis predicted his knee would last for two NFL seasons, maybe three. He played seven for the Colts, at nose tackle and defensive tackle. In 1995, the team made it all the way to the AFC title game.

Tony grew unhappy with the coaching staff and management in Indianapolis. He signed a free agent deal with the Baltimore Ravens in 1997. He was a key member of the defense that helped the Ravens win the AFC Championship in 2000 and beat the Giants in Super Bowl XXXV. He retired after the 2001 season. During his 12-year career, Tony’s weight ballooned to 340 pounds. Despite his balky knees, he maintained his quickness and tenacity.

Tony was also a big personality, popular with fans and the press. He transitioned easily to a career as an actor and TV personality, and was a sideline reporter for FOX NFL broadcasts. In 2012, Tony published his memoir, Goose on the Loose. In 2013, he became a spokesman for Depend for Men.

 

Player Profiles

Pro Teams

College Teams

NJ Football History

Great Moments

It Happened in Jersey

CONTACT

CONTACT!

• Who We Are
• Email Us
• Don't Know Spit?

GETALIFE

GET A LIFE!

They still play sports outside NJ. Check out 300 more athlete bios at Jockbio.com


All images on this site are from the collection of the authors. They are used for educational and informational purposes and are subject to standard copyright laws.

Copyright © 2017 Upper Case Editorial Services, LLC.