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Ravens’ Siragusa to retire

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COCKEYSVILLE, Md. — The Goose soon will be gone from the Baltimore Ravens.

Tony Siragusa, a veteran defensive tackle who starred on last year's Super Bowl championship team, announced his retirement Thursday night on his weekly radio show on WJFK-AM.

He said he would pursue a career in broadcasting after this season.

"I came into this league as a free agent, on my terms, and I'm gonna leave on my terms," the 34-year-old Siragusa said.

The effervescent Siragusa, known as "The Goose" during his seven seasons with the Indianapolis Colts and the last five with Baltimore, has played in 14 games with 12 starts this year. He has been plagued by chronic knee and lower-leg injuries as the Ravens (9-6) have struggled to reach the playoffs.

He had arthroscopic knee surgery during the preseason and has missed just one game this year, the Ravens' 16-0 win over Cincinnati on Dec. 16.

Siragusa came to Baltimore as an unrestricted free agent in 1997 and, with 2001 Pro Bowl pick Sam Adams, formed a 700-plus-pound defensive tackle tandem that proved to be nearly impenetrable.