fielded the greatest question of his football career last night -- and by the greatest, we mean the funniest ... because even Reggie couldn't hold back his laughter.
Reggie was in Bev Hills when we brought up his new 4-year, $16 million contract with the Detroit Lions
-- and you can't talk Lions running backs without talking about the legendary #20, right?
So ... the question: "Do you think you could possibly be the next Barry Sanders?"
Once you stop laughing ... watch the clip to see Reggie's reaction.
We also asked Reg, and his extremely pregnant gf Lilit Avagyan
, about handling the major weather shift -- going from South Beach to Detroit -- 'cause y'know ... it's so cold in the D
Gay football players NEED to have thick skin ... 'cause there's a 100% chance they'll get "teased" in an NFL locker room if they come out ... so says NFL legend Barry Sanders
The Detroit Lions icon had just touched down in New Orleans last night when we asked him if gay players pose a "problem" in NFL locker rooms.
Sanders response -- absolutely not -- adding, "I don't know that there haven't been MANY gay players [in the past]."
Sanders said gay players should not be afraid to come out to their teams -- but need to know that they WILL be teased in the locker rooms afterward ... because "in a locker room you get teased for anything."
He adds, "If somebody comes out, they're gonna get teased, but they need to have thick skin and go on about their life."
Comedian Louie Anderson
narrowly averted disaster this week at a taping of "Splash
" -- because he nearly sank to the bottom of the pool from sheer exhaustion -- but thankfully, Detroit Lions star Ndamukong Suh
came to the rescue.
Sources close to the production tell TMZ, Louie -- who's a contestant on the show -- was practicing his dives on Wednesday when he became a little too bushed to pull himself up the ladder ... falling back into the water again and again.
We're told Louie eventually had to be rescued by Suh and divemaster Greg Louganis
-- who physically lifted the foundering funnyman to the poolside. Louie then sat coughing up water for several seconds.
Despite the scare, we're told Louie's gonna be fine -- his rep says Louie is already “feeling great, loving the challenge."
In other news, Suh's teammates were on to something
should NEVER have signed up to compete on "Celebrity Diving
" ... this according to several of Suh's Detroit Lions
teammates who tell TMZ the decision is shockingly irresponsible.
We broke the story ... Suh -- who's in the middle of a 5-year $68 MILLION contract with the Lions -- recently joined the cast of the ABC reality show ... and will be required to launch his 6'4", 307-pound body off a high diving board.
TMZ spoke to a BUNCH of Suh's teammates ... who all feel (very strongly) that he's making a huge mistake.
One source tells us ... "We need him on the field and if he gets hurt during the off-season doing wild stunts ... it would be bad and it ain't worth it. He is too valuable to the team."
Another source expressed similar concerns -- "if he gets a busted ear drum or an infection, it could have serious effects on his off-season training."
Several of Suh's teammates also told us they were surprised the organization would allow him to participate in the first place ... since there is a real serious risk he could hurt himself.
One last source -- who happens to be an African-American -- added, "He's a big dude ... and 'black' and 'pool' just don't mix. He's built for football ... not belly flops."
An NFL announcer just took a cruel and cheap shot at Whoopi Goldberg
-- live during a Detroit Lions
During the first quarter of the Lions game today, the announcer, Chris Myers
was talking about a player who was on the Pittsburgh Steelers
last season but now plays for Detroit. He said, "Going from two Super Bowls in Pittsburgh to the winless Detroit team -- that's like going from dating Beyonce
to Whoopi Goldberg."
So the question is ...
He's one of the highest rated QBs in the upcoming NFL draft, yet somehow, former USC superstar Mark Sanchez kept a straight face when he said he'd be excited to play for the -- wait for it -- Detroit Lions?!
Now, Mark's a smart guy, as evidenced by his college degree and the fact he was the only USC player to answer our impromptu "current events quiz
" during the Rose Bowl -- but why would anyone on the planet have any legitimate desire to play for the worst team in the history of professional sports?
Oh yeah ... money. And the fact that he only needs to win ONE game and he's a hero.