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Ray Rice Flaunts Shirtless Bod In Jamaica Abs-olutely Still NFL Ready!

8/9/2018 11:01 AM PDT
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Ray Rice is putting the NFL on notice ... 'cause dude just popped up shirtless in Jamaica -- and he looks like he could abs-olutely still give a team some carries this season!!

Remember ... Ray's been outta the league since he was suspended indefinitely in 2014 for striking his then-fiance (now wife) Janay Rice in a casino elevator.

But, the ex-Ravens superstar has said repeatedly he wants another chance to play ... and by the looks of things -- the 31-year-old's certainly still in shape to do it.

Of course, if the NFL doesn't give him a ring ... white sandy beach vacations with bikini-clad Janay ain't the worst way to call it a career ... right, Ray?!

NFL's Steve Smith Reveals Depression Battle 'Felt Trapped, Inferior'

8/7/2018 8:34 AM PDT
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On the field, Steve Smith Sr. appeared to be the most confident NFL player on the planet -- but privately, the WR was struggling with depression and admits he felt "trapped, inferior and alone."

The ex-Ravens and Panthers star went public with his mental health issues on NFL.com -- revealing he REALLY began to "take ownership" of the situation when he retired following the 2016 season. 

Smith says, despite his carefree demeanor, he never really enjoyed any of his football accomplishments and often felt "mentally, physically and emotionally broken."

Smith says he first tried counseling in 2013 -- but didn't really take it seriously. 

But, since he hung up his cleats, Smith says he's been able to focus on his mental health and has learned a lot about himself. 

"I find myself, as an extreme introvert defined by my counselor, looking for excuses on how to avoid large crowds and retreating during public appearances, big events and even family gatherings," Smith says. 

"Being in public is a constant struggle, not because I don't want to attract attention or think I'm 'important,' but because of my inner battle."

"This is all proof that I still face my demons often, but I'm gradually learning how to cope with them."

Smith says he has a message to other people suffering from mental health issues -- ask for help.

"You're not alone. Believe me."

Robert Griffin III Buy My Massive Texas Pad ... for $2.6 Million!!

7/29/2018 12:45 AM PDT
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Everything really IS bigger in Texas ... just check out Robert Griffin III's massive house on the lake, which just hit the market for $2.6 million, TMZ Sports has learned.

The 7 bed, 7 bathroom crib -- located right on Lake Conroe outside Houston -- is totally tricked out with a game room, theater, wine grotto and wet bar, pool with a swim-up bar and a private dock.

The mansion is located just a few hours from where RG3 grew up in Copperas Cove ... but now that the dude's got a new job in Baltimore, he's ready to part ways with the pad.

In case normal pics ain't your thing, there's a virtual tour you can take to scope out all the bells and whistles.

Robert Griffin III Ready for Ravens QB Battle ... 'I'm Working Hard'

7/10/2018 10:38 AM PDT
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RG3 doesn't seem too worried about fighting for a job against Joe Flacco and Lamar Jackson -- telling TMZ Sports he's got no fear when it comes to the Baltimore Ravens' upcoming QB competition. 

Let's keep it 100 ... there's a good chance Robert Griffin III will be cut before the season begins -- but, when we saw the 28-year-old in L.A., he seemed ready for the challenge. 

We also asked Robert if he feels he's returned to his 2012 form (when he dominated the league) -- but RG3 explained, "At this point in my career, I don't want to talk about [2012] anymore."

Fair enough ...

Robert says his new focus is making the Ravens' regular-season roster and tells TMZ Sports he's been bonding REALLY well with the other QBs. 

As for his old team -- the Cleveland Browns -- we asked if he thinks the squad has a shot at chalking up a W this year (which they haven't done since he was the QB) ... and he gives a very definitive answer.

Lamar Jackson I'm Excited to Learn from RG3

4/27/2018 6:10 AM PDT
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Lamar Jackson is STOKED to be on the same team as another Heisman Trophy winner -- telling TMZ Sports he can't wait to LEARN from RG3

After Jackson was selected by the Baltimore Ravens with the 32nd pick in the draft, Lamar was hanging with his family in Dallas and celebrating the moment. 

There's talk that there could be some tension between Jackson and Robert Griffin III because of their similar playing style -- but Lamar doesn't see it that way at all ... describing RG3 as more of a mentor. 

Jackson also says Kobe Bryant sent him a signed Lakers jersey as a show of support before the draft -- and now, he can't wait to return the favor ... and hook Mamba up with some signed Ravens threads. 

Pretty great stuff. 

Colin Kaepernick U.S. Military Official Cautioned Ravens ... On Signing QB

3/5/2018 1:00 AM PST
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At least one high-ranking U.S. military official counseled the Baltimore Ravens about signing Colin Kaepernick ... and made it very clear he is NOT a fan of the QB. 

TMZ Sports has learned ... when Ravens head coach John Harbaugh was considering signing Kaepernick to the team before the 2017 NFL season, he sought advice from some trusted friends. 

We've learned at least one of those friends is a high-ranking member of the U.S. military who essentially told Harbaugh to seriously consider if Colin's national anthem demonstration fell in line with the team's core values. 

The official didn't outright say, "Don't sign Kaep" -- but advised the team to give Colin a set of specific guidelines he needed to follow if he wanted to keep his job. 

Translation -- if he kneels, he's fired. 

Ultimately, the Ravens decided NOT to go with Kaepernick -- instead signing journeyman backup QB Thad Lewis, who hadn't thrown a pass in the NFL in 4 years. 

Ex-NFL Star Jamal Lewis Peyton Manning Changed My Life ... Showed Me Hard Work

12/31/2017 12:55 AM PST
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Ray Lewis. Shannon Sharpe. Ed Reed

Jamal Lewis played with a bunch of legends on the Ravens ... but says Peyton Manning -- his 1-year teammate at Tennessee -- was the guy who showed him how to be a pro. 

The ex-NFL star told us he went full Allen Iverson when he showed up at UT, not giving a damn about practice ... and it almost got him benched.

Then, 1 practice sesh with Peyton changed everything.

"Every single play was just like he was in the game ... full tilt," Lewis told TMZ Sports. "That's a trait that I adopted and I took on, and it helped me get to where I am."

FYI, Jamal helped Baltimore win a Super Bowl as a rookie, and threatened Eric Dickerson's all-time single-season rushing record a few years later. 

These days, he's an exec for trade show company Metro Exhibits ... and told us he's killin' the game with all his clientele (sans Steelers fans).

Ex-Ravens Pro Bowler I Would've Ran After Alonso ... For 'Dirty Hit' on Flacco

10/27/2017 12:34 PM PDT
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Joe Flacco's old teammate says he would've gotten payback on Kiko Alonso for his hard hit that resulted in the QB's concussion ... telling TMZ Sports he "would've ran after" the Dolphins LB right after the vicious blow.

We spoke with Vonta Leach -- who won a Super Bowl with Baltimore in 2013 -- about Alonso's tackle during the the 1st half of Thursday Night Football ... which he believes should've resulted in an ejection.

The 3-time Pro Bowler admits he's upset more players didn't rush to defend their franchise quarterback.

Watch the clip.

Terrell Suggs Kaepernick Is Being Blackballed 'Stay Strong, We're With You'

3/31/2017 12:35 AM PDT
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Terrell Suggs says he's CERTAIN Colin Kaepernick is being blackballed by NFL teams over his national anthem protest ... but tells TMZ Sports he's offered his full support to the QB. 

When we asked the Baltimore Ravens superstar if he had any advice for Kaepernick, he responded -- "I told him, stay up, man. Keep his head up, we with you."

Suggs clearly sees things differently than Broncos GM John Elway -- who told TMZ Sports Kaepernick is absolutely NOT being blackballed. 

There's more ... we also asked Hacksaw how he felt about 39-year-old Tom Brady wanting to stick around and play in the NFL for 6 to 7 more years. 

Suggs feels some type of way about that, too. 

Ravens' Matt Elam Busted for Weed and Oxy

2/26/2017 12:33 PM PST

NFL player Matt Elam was arrested Saturday night in Miami for possession of pot and pills. 

The Ravens safety was pulled over after flying past an unmarked police car, and when cops searched his Range Rover ... they found a Gucci bag with 126 grams of weed, and 6 oxycodone pills. Elam was booked for marijuana possession, possession with intent to sell, possession of a controlled substance and reckless driving. 

The former first round draft pick is being held on $15,500 bail. 

Elam is slated to become a free agent in a couple weeks, and based on the Ravens' reaction to his arrest ... it doesn't sound like they'll be bringing him back. 

NFL's Steve Smith Blasts Josh Brown ... You Deserve a Beatdown!

10/20/2016 10:25 AM PDT
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Baltimore Ravens superstar Steve Smith is coming out swingin' at NY Giants kicker Josh Brown -- saying the guy needs his ass beat down after new domestic violence details came to light. 

"You know what if your ex-wife was my daughter yo ASS would be on IR," Smith wrote.

"What a shame NFL acts like it cares."

As we previously reported, Brown is not only accused of beating up his ex-wife -- but admitted "abuse" in documents released by law enforcement.

Terrell Suggs 'Ex Is Clearly Scorned' ... I Love My Kids

9/14/2016 2:53 PM PDT
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NFL superstar Terrell Suggs says his children are his world and he would NEVER neglect them or treat them poorly -- despite scathing allegations from his estranged wife. 

TMZ Sports spoke with Terrell's rep, Denise White ... who says the claims made by Candace Suggs in a social media video are flat out untrue. 

FYI, Candace -- who's in the middle of a nasty divorce with Terrell -- claimed the Baltimore Ravens star is refusing to pay for clothes for their 2 young kids and forces them to go to school without lunch money. 

White tells TMZ Sports ... "Terrell takes magnificent care of his children. He is a caring and present father."

"We normally would not respond to such a rant by an ex clearly scorned."

"Terrell is disappointed that his ex would take to social media to try and paint a picture of him as a father who somehow does not take care of his children."

"His children remain his focus and the #1 priority in his life. Terrell is a great father and that can and should never be questioned."

Ravens Rookie All-Pro Autograph Hound I Want One From Every Teammate!!!

5/29/2016 12:15 AM PDT
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Ravens rookie Kenneth Dixon isn't gonna let being in the NFL stop him from being a fan of the NFL ... saying his first order of business in the league is to get autographs from EVERY ONE of his teammates.

That's over 55 guys.

The running back from Louisiana Tech revealed this to us at LAX recently ... saying he loves the NFL so much he's gonna get every John Hancock he can while he's a part of it.

Kenneth also revealed his one rule for brand new roommate Keenan Reynolds ... and it's one we don't think the West Point grad is gonna have trouble living up to.

Check out the clip. 

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