NFL legend Tony Siragusa remembered as ‘great family man’
Hundreds came out on Tuesday to pay tribute to football legend Tony Siragusa.
The small-town star who made it big in the NFL died last week at the age of 55.
Siragusa played for the Baltimore Ravens, won a Super Bowl and was a well-known broadcaster. But he was remembered as a person who stayed true to his hometown.
“He was a great family man. He loved people, he was funny,” says former professional boxer Gerry Cooney.
It was that personality that set Siragusa apart.
“When he came into a room, he commanded a room. That's the type of person that he was,” says Marty Sica, Siragusa’s second cousin.
A bruising lineman for the Ravens, Siragusa found success after football as a broadcaster. He even acted in moves like “The 25th Hour.” He often used his celebrity to raise money for charity.
“He brought [Dan] Marino, [John] Elway, you name it, they were there. He was the greatest guy you could ever meet,” says Ben Smith, Siragusa’s friend.
Siragusa’s cause of death is still unclear. He is said to have died in his sleep in Ortley Beach.
A funeral will be held Wednesday at Saint Theresa Roman Catholic Church in Kenilworth at 11 a.m.
Siragusa went to Brearley High School in Kenilworth. He leaves behind his wife of nearly 30 years and their three children.