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Xavier McKinney sends important message after Ravens player’s death

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Wednesday was a tragic day in the NFL community as the Baltimore Ravens announced the death of a current player in Jaylon Ferguson and a franchise legend in Tony Siragusa.

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While NFL fans mourned those losses, the New York Giants secured Xavier McKinney sent an important message to his followers on Twitter.

“Never take life for granted, it is not promised. Love your beloved ones,” McKinney wrote.

McKinney was selected in the second round of the 2020 NFL Draft, just a year after Ferguson entered the NFL as a third-round pick.

Ferguson was from Louisiana and played at Louisiana Tech. There he earned the nickname “Sack Daddy” for breaking the FBS record with 45 career sacks in four seasons with the Bulldogs (the record was previously held by Arizona State’s Terrell Suggs).

Ferguson appeared in 38 games (10 starts) with the Ravens over the past three seasons and recorded 4.5 sacks. His teammate, Ravens linebacker Patrick Queen, posted an emotional reminder on Twitterr shortly after the news broke.

“The last person I spoke to left the facility. Spent almost every day in the sauna together to see who had gone longer. Said it was our turn this year, man. I will miss you brother,” Queen wrote.

The Ravens just completed minicamp a few days ago and are currently on summer break until the team gathers for training camp in late July.

Ferguson was 26 years old. An official cause of death has not yet been announced.

Siragusa was a larger than life figure who spent most of her career with the Indianapolis Colts but rose to prominence during his stint with the Ravens. He was a full-time defensive tackle starter for the 2000 Ravens team that defeated the Giants in Super Bowl XXXV. He rose to even greater popularity as one of the original stars on HBO’s first season Hard hits.

Siragusa continued to be a lovable television personality even after his playing career ended. From 2007 to 2015, he covered NFL games for FOX for nine seasons as an “on-field analyst.”

Former New York Giants running back and MVP of Super Bowl XXV Ottis Anderson sent a tweet to share his feelings about Siragusa’s death.

“…sad to hear of the loss of my friend Goose. I’ve been trying to process it all day. He was a great guy. He was supposed to be one of the celebrities on my golf trip in a few weeks. Rest in peace. I send my sincere condolences to his family,” Anderson wrote.

Although their NFL careers overlapped in the early 1990s, Anderson and Siragusa were never teammates on the field.

Siragusa was never selected to a Pro Bowl in his 12-year NFL career, but former Ravens head coach Brian Billick said Wednesday that they “wouldn’t have won the Super Bowl without him” (via ESPN).

Siragusa was 55 years old at the time of his death.

Siragusa was never selected to a Pro Bowl in his 12-year NFL career, but former Ravens head coach Brian Billick said Wednesday that they “wouldn’t have won the Super Bowl without him” (via ESPN).



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