Siragusa, a standout Pitt defensive lineman from 1985-89 who went on to play 12 NFL seasons, died at age 55 on June 22, 2022.
A standout football player and wrestler in high school, Siragusa went on to play football at Pitt because, as he explained, “If I wanted to learn a school song, I would’ve gone to Notre Dame or Penn State. I wanted to kill people on the football field. That’s why I came to Pitt.” Current Pitt Coach Pat Narduzzi said: “Tony truly was bigger than life, on and off the field. His post-football life took him so many places but he never forgot Pitt. We could always count on him to send the best recorded pep talks to our guys before our biggest games. ‘The Goose’ leaves a great legacy and he will be sorely missed.”