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Devonta Freeman Belichick & Pats Could Help Manziel ... 'The Sky's the Limit!!'

4/1/2018 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

NFL star Devonta Freeman says the New England Patriots would be the PERFECT place for Johnny Manziel to restart his pro career ... saying Bill Belichick and Co. can help him turn things around.

We spoke with the Pro Bowler about Johnny's Comeback SZN campaign ... and D.F. says "the sky's the limit" for the troubled QB ... and he thinks finding home in Foxborough would be a great football move.

Freeman says he's not surprised by the reported interest 'cause he knows how Belichick operates ... and he thinks that's the kinda atmosphere that should be surrounding Johnny.

The Falcons running back sends a personal message to Johnny Football ... and you can tell Freeman's pullin' for him.

Atlanta Falcons We Had Male Cheerleaders ... in 1987!!

3/29/2018 9:55 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

It turns out the L.A. Rams aren't the first NFL team to have male cheerleaders ... 'cause the Atlanta Falcons had dancin' dudes on the squad 30 YEARS AGO.

ICYMI -- reports earlier this week claimed the Rams made history when they announced Quinton Peron and Napolean Jinnies would be joining the squad as the NFL's first male cheerleaders.

But back in 1987, the Falcons had a co-ed squad consisting of 12 women and 12 men ... and we're told they weren't alone. Billy Quercia -- a member of the '87 Falcons cheer team -- tells us the K.C. Chiefs also had a co-ed squad around that same time.

Quercia says they were real-deal cheerleaders -- not just stuntmen -- and were included in all the dance routines.

Quercia says he's not upset about being left out of the conversation. He says it's a "fabulous" move by the Rams to finally add men to the cheer team after all this time ... and hopes more teams follow their lead.

Quavo Eagles Are Toast ... Without Carson Wentz

1/13/2018 12:20 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Can the Eagles survive without Carson Wentz??

Quavo doesn't think so -- 'cause when we asked him about their playoff matchup with the Falcons, he told us having Nick Foles sub in for the MVP candidate will crush their chances.

"They lost they main guy," Quavo told TMZ Sports. "Foles ... we ready to take him out."

For his own sake, we hope he's right. Quavo's a huge Georgia sports guy -- and we're not sure if he can handle 2 soul-crushing L's in 1 week.

Todd Gurley Wins When He Loses Parties w/ Chicks Hours After Playoff Exit

1/8/2018 6:43 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

No sulking for Todd Gurley -- because hours after his Rams were bounced from the NFL playoffs, the running back was bouncing to a Hollywood hot spot with some smokeshows in tow. 

Gurley and some friends (including 2 hot ladies) rolled into Delilah in West Hollywood on Saturday evening ... following the 26-13 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. 

Look, it's clear from the video it wasn't a celebratory outing ... Todd doesn't look super happy ... but what else is he gonna do, sit at home and be mad?

Props on a solid season. 

6LACK to ATL Falcons: Please Don't Break My Heart ... Again

1/5/2018 4:55 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

"Atlanta broke my heart" ... so says 6LACK, who tells TMZ Sports he's rooting for the Falcons in the NFL playoffs -- but he doesn't want his soul crushed again! 

6LACK is from Atlanta and grew up a Falcons fan ... but says he's being guarded this time around because, "I think I've just been scarred."

It's not just the 28-3 situation from last year -- remember 1998? When the Falcons were on fire only to get crushed by the Broncos in Super Bowl 33?

Yeah, 6LACK still remembers, too. 

But deep down, he's all dirty bird ... and even gives his team some advice going into Saturday's Wild Card Game. 

Todd Gurley Hits L.A. Hotspot 2 Days Before Playoff Game

1/5/2018 6:37 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Todd Gurley had a big Thursday night -- hitting up the Clippers game and then Delilah (popular L.A. hotspot) ... just 2 days before the Rams take the field against the Falcons in the NFL playoffs. 

TMZ Sports was at Delilah (a swanky restaurant and lounge) when we saw Gurley cruising in around 11:30 PM. He's such a big star in L.A., all he had to do was nod at the bouncer to get inside. 

No word on when he left or if he even had a sip of alcohol (guessing he didn't) ... he may have just been stopping by to say hi to a friend. 

Of course, the Rams play ATL in the Wild Card Round on Saturday -- and if Gurley, who's on fire right now, runs over the Falcons, no one will care about his night habits. 

If they lose, however ... 

Tony Gonzalez Yo, Spielberg & Scorsese ... Put Me In Your Movies!!!

11/12/2017 12:25 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Tony Gonzalez is putting Hollywood's A-List directors on notice -- telling TMZ Sports that guys like Steven Spielberg and Martin Scorsese need to get him in the game!!

FYI, the NFL legend's been dabbling in acting for a few years -- scoring roles in an "xXx" sequel and "NCIS" -- but Tony says he's starting to hit his stride after being "terrified" of cameras from the jump.

Not sure what upcoming movie he'd be best in -- our guy flopped trying to think of one -- but the bottom line ... Tony's ready.

Julio Jones Talks Falcons Draft At Hollywood Club ... Rocks Man Bag

5/11/2017 6:33 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Julio Jones hit the club scene in Hollywood Wednesday night -- but he wasn't a sloppy Lindsay Lohan-style mess -- he was sober, sippin' water and tellin' us why he LOVES the guys his ATL Falcons took in the NFL Draft.

The WR was leaving Warwick (rockin' a man bag, we'll get to that later) when he told us why he thinks the Falcons had an "amazing" draft.

FYI, Atlanta went defense with their first 2 picks -- DE Takk McKinley in the 1st round and LB Duke Riley in the 3rd.

Julio also praises the Dallas Cowboys -- and told us why he thinks they'll easily rack up at least 10 wins again.

But back to the man bag ... (which Julio INSISTS is not a fanny pack). JJ says there's a real solid reason he wears it out and even told us what he keeps in it.

Don't worry, Julio, if it's good enough for The Rock, it's good enough for us ...

Brett Favre Trains With ATL Falcons Corner 'He Could Play In NFL Right Now'

3/22/2017 4:20 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Brett Favre fired up his laser rocket arm for a training session with Atlanta Falcons cornerback Robert Alford Wednesday ... and the guy tells us Favre STILL has the tools to play in the NFL. 

Alford -- who famously picked off Tom Brady for a TD in the Super Bowl -- tells TMZ Sports he was at the Traction Sports Performance center in Louisiana when Brett stopped by. 

Alford says Favre didn't even warm up ... he just grabbed a ball and started rifling away -- "throwing lasers on the dot."

Alford says he's 100% convinced the 47-year-old could seriously compete in the NFL -- as long as he had an offensive line that could allow him to sit back and sling it. 

He even has a message for all the teams still looking for a QB ... "GO GET [FAVRE]."

Falcons Coach Dan Quinn Super Bowl Regrets? Let's Talk 4th Quarter Playcalling

3/12/2017 12:45 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Why did the Falcons call PASSING PLAYS in the final minutes of the Super Bowl instead of running the ball and kicking a FG that would have put the game out of reach?!?! 

That's exactly what we asked ATL head coach Dan Quinn

Coach Quinn -- who couldn't have been nicer -- essentially says that drive is NOT why they lost the game. They blew other chances to ice the Patriots, too. 

The good news ... he's staying positive and says, "Hopefully we get a chance to battle for one again. We'll be ready." 

Roddy White Falcons Players Frustrated with Super Bowl Play Calling

2/15/2017 11:30 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Atlanta Falcons legend Roddy White says he's spoken with players on the team who are still frustrated with the play calling at the end of the Super Bowl ... and says, "The City of Atlanta needed [that win]."

Roddy obviously loves the organization but says facts are facts ... several players were just as confused at the play calling in the 4th quarter as the fans at home. 

White says "you don't have to be a football genius" to realize the team should've run the ball 3 times and kicked a field goal instead of trying to pass when they were up by 8. Dumb. 

As for Roddy's earlier comments that he woulda fought offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan after the Super Bowl -- the WR says it's all in the past now -- Kyle has nothing to worry about.

Steve Sarkisian Bolts 'Bama For Atlanta Falcons Named O. Coordinator

2/7/2017 9:16 AM PST
Breaking News

Steve Sarkisian's latest run as a college coach is over after just 1 game ... 'cause the now ex-Alabama offensive coordinator is bolting Tuscaloosa for the Atlanta Falcons.

The Falcons just announced that Sarkisian -- who 'Bama hired to replace Lane Kiffin as coordinator back in December -- has accepted the team's vacant offensive coordinator position ... after Kyle Shanahan left to coach the 49ers.

Sark coached 'Bama in just 1 game ... the National Championship loss to Clemson.

BTW, just last week we saw Sark at LAX and asked him whether he'd ever be interested in the NFL.

Falcons Players Rocked Snakeskin Hoodies For Super Bowl

2/6/2017 1:18 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Several ATL Falcons players went full REPTILE before the Super Bowl -- wearing expensive python skin warmup hoodies ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

We've actually seen a bunch of NFL star rockin' the look -- from Ezekiel Elliott to Odell Beckham -- so we did some digging and found out they run about $500 a pop! 

Falcons safety Jalen Collins actually bought the hoodies for his secondary unit as a Super Bowl gift ... this according to the company behind the clothing, Renzo Cardoni.

We're told some of the Patriots also got in on the look -- Dion Lewis and LeGarrette Blount also got custom made hoodies.

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