Michael Crabtree's ego has fully recovered from that huge blown call that cost him the Super Bowl -- because he now boldly predicts ... he is the FUTURE OF THE NFL!
The funniest part is ... we weren't even talking about him when he said it.
Here's the scene: the San Francisco 49ers wide receiver was leaving BOA Steakhouse with Dallas Cowboys stud receiver Dez Bryant last night -- and we asked the young stars about NFL rule changes intended to protect players from head injuries.
Neither guy replied ... so we moved on to another topic.
Now, let's play this like "Jeopardy."
Crabtree's answer is ... "You ever seen the future of the NFL? The 2 hottest receivers in the game?"
So, what is the question?
Hint: it has NOTHING to do with Crabtree's or Bryant's talents ... but it IS a hot topic in the NFL.
I'm 46 Years Old
... AND I'M STILL RIPPED!!!
2/1/2013 12:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
It's been 14 years since Dallas Cowboys superstar Michael Irvin hung up his cleats ... but the guy is still SHREDDED ... and last night, he proved it.
The 46-year-old Hall of Famer was outside of a party in New Orleans last night -- talking about his new vitamin company -- when he and our camera guy started braggin' about their physiques.
But Irvin -- always one to back up his talk -- lifted up his shirt and proved he's still got a killer 6-pack.
How 'bout that Cowboy.
Dallas Cowboys Star
INDICTED After Deadly
Crash Killed Teammate
12/26/2012 2:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Josh Brent has been indicted on one count of intoxicated manslaughter ... after allegedly killing his teammate in a drunken car accident earlier this month.
Brent was indicted by a Texas Grand Jury today following the December 8th crash that killed his friend and teammate Jerry Brown. Brent was behind the wheel at the time of the accident.
Police in the Dallas suburb where the accident took place claim Brent was speeding when his Mercedes struck a curb and flipped over. Officers believe Brent was under the influence of alcohol.
Brent is currently out on $100,000 bail and, if convicted, faces up to 20 years in prison.
Dallas Cowboys Tragedy
Horrific Crash Scene Photo
12/13/2012 1:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
TMZ has obtained an image of the crash scene following the highway disaster that killed Dallas Cowboys star Jerry Brown last weekend -- and the Mercedes he was riding in had flipped upside-down.
As we previously reported, Brown's teammate Josh Brent was driving at the time of the accident in Texas Saturday morning. Brent was subsequently arrested on the scene for intoxication manslaughter.
TMZ has also obtained the 911 calls placed by a passing motorist just moments after the accident -- and according to one of the callers, "There was smoke everywhere."
Dallas Cowboys Player
Dies in Car Wreck
12/8/2012 11:57 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Jerry Brown, a linebacker on the Dallas Cowboys practice squad, died early this morning in a single-car accident -- and his teammate, Josh Brent, was arrested on charges of intoxication manslaughter.
According to police, Brent (see above) was driving at a high rate of speed at around 2:20 AM when his car "hit the outside curb," flipped over and came to rest in the middle of the road.
When cops came to the scene, Brent was dragging Brown away from the vehicle ... which had come to rest upside down and was on fire. Brown was unresponsive and was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.
Officers at the scene suspected alcohol to be a factor, so they gave Brent a field sobriety test, which he failed. His blood was later drawn at the hospital to determine his blood alcohol level. Those results are not yet known.
Brent was arrested by Irving PD and booked on a second degree felony charge at 4:14 AM and is being held without bail.
Brent pled guilty to a misdemeanor DUI charge while in college ... where he and Brown were teammates.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones released a statement today, saying, "We are deeply saddened by the news of this accident and the passing of Jerry Brown. At this time, our hearts and prayers and deepest sympathies are with the members of Jerry’s family and all of those who knew him and loved him."
The incident comes just one week after Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher killed his girlfriend and then himself.
Judge to Dez Bryant
I'll Dismiss the Domestic Violence Charge, IF ...
11/14/2012 4:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant will be completely off the hook in his domestic violence case ... but only if he can manage to stay out of trouble for one full year.
As we previously reported, Bryant was arrested back in July for allegedly attacking his mother inside of her Texas home.
But according to Bryant's attorney -- who also happens to be a state senator -- the charge against Dez will be dismissed if the NFL star completes court-ordered counseling sessions and doesn't get charged with a crime for one entire year.
How 'bout dem Cowboys ... lawyers.
Troy Aikman's Ex
I Wasn't Drunk
I Was Lost
9/2/2012 5:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The ex-wife of Dallas Cowboys legend Troy Aikman insists she did nothing wrong when she was arrested this week ... claiming she was just lost when cops found her in a high school parking lot.
As TMZ first reported, Rhonda Aikman was busted on Monday morning for public intoxication after cops found her in a parked car, saying she was slurring her words when she talked and had little control over her body movement.
Aikman's lawyer, Larry Friedman, tells TMZ that Rhonda was lost, the result of bad directions, and was simply waiting for a friend to come and show her the right way. Friedman says, "When the policemen approached her, she reacted the way any of us would have reacted if we were approached from behind by two large men dressed in black. Rhonda was frightened and probably did not appear to be her usual friendly self."
Friedman says Aikman is under a doctor's care and had a rightful prescription for the medication cops found. Friedman adds, "She did nothing wrong and did not break any laws. She is sorry about all the fuss and intends to continue to dedicate her time to helping people in need in North Texas."
Troy Aikman's Ex-Wife
Arrested in Texas
8/27/2012 3:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Troy Aikman's ex-wife was arrested in Collin County, Texas for being drunk in public earlier today ... TMZ has learned.
According to the Murphy Police Department, 43-year-old Rhonda Aikman was arrested on August 27 for public intoxication ... a low level misdemeanor.
Rhonda was hauled to a nearby jail, where bond was set at $269.00. She has since been released.
Aikman's car was towed from the scene of the arrest to a nearby impound lot.
TMZ broke the story ... Rhonda and Troy divorced in April 2011 after 10 years of marriage. Rhonda was working in publicity for the Dallas Cowboys when she met Troy, who was the starting QB at the time.
Cops Charge $25,000
For Training Camp
8/18/2012 5:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Training camp ain't cheap -- TMZ has learned, it cost the Dallas Cowboys roughly $25,000 just to hire a police detail for the 3-week program.
Oxnard Police Department Commander Andrew Salinas tells TMZ, the tab covers a wide range of services involving police and public safety -- staffing 6-8 officers on site per day on weekdays ... and 12 on the weekends.
Salinas says the training camp crowd ranges from 3,000-12,000 fans every day -- reaching capacity on weekends ... which is why they needed the additional officers on Saturdays and Sundays.
We're told the charges also include the use of vehicles as well as a mobile command center (an awesome big RV with computers and radio systems and stuff) ... a player favorite.
Training camp wrapped up Thursday -- and we're told the 80-man roster celebrated their last day with a relaxing trip to the beach at Mandalay Bay Beach Resort (accompanied by police).
When they arrived, we're told the players were immediately met by an overeager group of fans hoping for autographs -- so Tony Romo took one for the team ... and offered to sign their stuff in exchange for a little privacy.
The fans obliged ... and everyone lived happily ever after.
Total Confusion at Dallas
Cowboys Training Camp
8/13/2012 5:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
NOTHING about this picture makes sense ... Ashton Kutcher (who's a Chicago Bears fan) at the Dallas Cowboys training camp (in California) wearing a Boston hat (he's from Iowa).
Ummmm ... WTF!?!!
It all went down this weekend ... for some reason, Kutcher kicked it at the Boys' practice in Oxnard, CA ... and even bro'd out with starting QB Tony Romo.
Kinda surprising Jerry Jones would let Ashton rock the Boston hat at a private training session ... considering Boston is the home of another NFL team.
Kind of a diss, right?
I Would NEVER
Sell the Dallas Cowboys
8/3/2012 7:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Jerry Jones is a Cowboy FOR LIFE ... cause the NFL owner tells TMZ he would NEVER sell the team ... even if he KNEW his departure would result in a Super Bowl win.
Jones was at Mr. Chow in Beverly Hills last night -- because, as usual, his team is holding their training camp in Southern California.
And with the Cleveland Browns franchise officially changing hands this week, we asked Jerry if he would give up his ownership of the Dallas Cowboys for the ultimate prize.
Of course, Jerry says no ... but ya gotta hear his explanation -- especially if you're a Cowboys fan.
Allegedly Hit Mom in Face,
Ripped Her Bra
7/17/2012 8:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant allegedly hit his mother in the face with his baseball cap ... and grabbed her by the shirt so hard that he ripped her bra ... this according to arrest documents obtained by TMZ.
The docs say ... cops were dispatched to Bryant's mother's home in DeSoto, Texas on July 14 at 1:47 PM after receiving a 911 call reporting an assault -- family violence.
Once cops arrived to the scene, Dez's mom Angela told cops she had gotten into an argument with Dez and demanded that he leave the home ... and that's when Dez got physical.
On the 911 call, Angela says, "My son has assaulted me. He's here now. he won't go home. I keep telling him to go, he won't go." You can clearly hear an argument in the background as Angela says, "I can't let him keep doing me like this. I'm gonna put an end to it today."
According to the documents, cops returned to Angela's home 2 days later and she complained of pain in her wrists, hands and arms ... and said her chest was sore from Dez pushing her.
Cops say they observed bruising in her upper arm. The docs list Dez Bryant as being 6'1", 198 pounds.
Bryant turned himself into police yesterday, and was booked for assault -- family violence, a Class A misdemeanor.
Dez’s attorney, Royce West, tells us ... “We’re going to do an investigation, find out what happened for ourselves. The most important thing is that we heal the family.”
Dallas Cowboys Star Arrested
7/16/2012 4:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
6:10 AM PT -- According to ESPNDallas.com, Bryant had gotten into an argument with his half-brother on Saturday night and ended up pushing his mother, Angela.
Bryant was arrested for the incident on Monday after turning himself in to authorities.
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant was arrested on a family violence charge in Texas earlier today.
The details surrounding the arrest are unclear ... but according to local law enforcement, the charge is a Class A misdemeanor ... and Bryant was released after posting bail.
Law enforcement says Bryant's bail was less than $2,000.
When contacted by a local media outlet, Bryant confirmed there was an incident ... but wouldn't get into specifics. He did say, "I'm good."
This isn't Bryant's first brush with the law ... earlier this year, he was detained by Miami police after he was allegedly involved in an altercation outside LIV nightclub ... but he was not arrested and no police report was filed.