Tony Siragusa, sideline analyst for the National Football League (NFL) games, which airs on Fox Network, and host of DIY Network’s “Man Caves,” a home renovation reality television program is encouraging men to ‘Guard Your Manhood.’
As a former defensive tackle guard who played 12 seasons for the NFL – Siragusa is familiar with guarding his manhood and finding solutions.
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With his New Jersey accent and candor, Siragusa discusses his involvement with Depend, his nickname “The Goose,” and advice to NFL wives.
Examiner: How did you get your nickname “The Goose?”
Siragusa: No back story, “Siragusa” but they just cut out the Sira.
Examiner: How did you get involved with Depend, and how can men guard their manhood and still feel confident?
Siragusa: When Depend first came to me and told me that they were coming out with a new product for men and there was nothing else out there to take care of this problem with leakage, and that they needed a guy who could lighten [the topic] up so that men would feel comfortable to talk about it, and bring more [male] testosterone into it. With the show “The Man Cave,” we built a man cave underneath the sink to give a guy a little bit of space, so that he felt more comfortable talking about it. There’s a huge [amount] of guys who have had enlarged prostate or prostate cancer who have had operations, and they do leak a little bit. They were using a lot of feminine products because there was nothing out there for the men. When they came out with this product, it really opened the eyes of many men and filled a void that was out there.
Examiner: What are three things that every Man Cave should have?
Siragusa: A bar, a flat screen, and a man.
Examiner: What are unwritten rules for women who are married to football players?
Siragusa: Don’t get them really made because they’re going to attack. [Athletes] react to things that happen, so be nice to us, keep us fed, and you’ll have a nice, beautiful and prosperous life.
Examiner: How does it feel to be the only field analyst in the NFL?
Siragusa: A lot of other networks have tried to do what I do, but it’s not an easy deal. Having myself and Daryl Johnston up in the booth is sort of a 3 man booth, but in two different places. I think a lot of timing and patience to learn each other’s mannerisms to their voice to know when you can go and talk, so that you don’t step on each other. It’s pretty amazing what we do and nobody else does it.
Examiner: How was the transition from athlete to analyst and was it difficult?
Siragusa: For me it was pretty easy. I always knew that there was going to be an end to my football life.
Examiner: Do you see yourself doing more acting in the future?
Siragusa: I’m born to act! I’m probably one of the best [bleep] you’ve ever met in your life. That’s all actors are they kid themselves into going to be somebody who they’re not. I could probably compete with De Niro and those guys.
Examiner: There’s a rumor that you are a prankster, is there any truth to that?
Siragusa: Yes, absolutely!
Examiner: What’s the most outrageous prank you’ve pulled on someone?
Siragusa: Just last week one of my buddies, he had a really nice car. He parked it at my house in the street, and I had a flatbed come and pick it up and move it down about four blocks, and I told him, “Oh by the way you have to watch in front of the house, they’ll tow your truck if you’re not out there.” He went out there to see his truck, and it was gone. I never told him where it was either, but he eventually found it.
Examiner: What does it take to win the Super Bowl, and who would you like to see make it?
Siragusa: I hope I get there! I hope somebody gets me a ticket so that I can go. Other than that the most deserving team should get there. Right now is too early in the season; I don’t really do the predictions like everybody else.
Examiner: How do you feel about the new NFL hitting rules on quarterbacks?
Siragusa: I think that they should just put a big giant bubble around quarterbacks so if you get into a certain area you have to stop because obviously they pay those guys a lot of money. They’ve been protecting them, but I think that they need to change some of the rules and start protecting some of the other players like they do the quarterbacks.
Examiner: Where can we find your BBQ products?
Siragusa: I sold that company off, [but] I still have four restaurants in New Jersey named Tiffany’s.
‘Guard Your Manhood,’ a project through Depend is calling attention to light bladder leakage in men, which is often linked to prostate surgery. Depend is donating $50,000 in Siragusa’s name to fund prostate cancer research. The V Foundation awards 100 percent of direct donations and net proceeds of events directly to cancer research and related programs. Visit the web site for more information.
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