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NFL's Matt Stafford Couples Beach Vacation ... With Matt Ryan

6/29/2016 9:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0629-matt-sarah-ryan-instagram-01They're rivals on the field ... but Matt Stafford and Matt Ryan are on the same team when it comes to vacationing! 

The Detroit Lions QB and the ATL Falcons QB just wrapped up a couples vacation with their smokin' hot wives in the Bahamas. 

In fact, Matt Ryan's wife, Sarah, posted a pic of the 4-some with the caption, "Boats, hoes and bros."

Stafford's wife, Kelly, wrote, "Another epic trip in the books with our fav people. #doublebirds #imthekingoftheworld."

The couples are pretty tight -- and have even played in the same church basketball league together in Atlanta. 

FYI, Matt's Falcons have played Matt's Lions 3 times in their careers -- with Ryan winning 2 of the 3 meetings. 

Detroit Lions RB Happy Birthday Bro ... YOU GET A CAR!

5/27/2016 8:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Detroit Lions running back Ameer Abdullah might be the best lil bro ever -- 'cause he just surprised his older sibling with one helluva birthday present ... A NEW CAR!

The 22-year-old -- who's still in his rookie contract (4 years, $4 mil) -- hooked up his brother, Kareem, with a black Chevy Camaro ... and recorded the gift-giving moment for all to see! 

"I use to dream of times when I could do things like this for the family and there's no one more deserving than this guy right here," Abdullah said.

"This for all the times you believed in me when I wanted to quit on myself! We on now! Happy early birthday bro you deserve it!"

It's an awesome gesture, just one potential problem ... Ameer has 7 OTHER SIBLINGS!! 

Fingers crossed for a fat new contract soon! 

NFL's Marvin Jones I'm Not Megatron ... But Obviously I'm Good Enough

3/11/2016 4:27 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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New Lions WR Marvin Jones says he's not fazed by comparisons to old Lions WR Calvin Johnson ... 'cause he knows his skills are gonna make him a star in Detroit.

We got Marvin out at LAX fresh off signing a five year $40 million contract with Detroit and had to ask ... is he headed up to Motown to be the new Megatron?

Obviously the Lions must think he's pretty good ... you don't just hand out that type of cash to scrubs.

Jones tells our guy he's going to be a huge success in his new home ... by doing the same things he was doing in his old home ... and NOT trying to be Calvin Johnson's replacement.

Marvin said he's not sure what he's gonna do with his money ... shame they sold the Silverdome, he could've bought it like 40 times over.

Matt Stafford's Wife I Won't Apologize for Selling Lions Tix

12/21/2015 9:06 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1221-kelly-stafford-matt-stafford-INSTAGRAM-01Matthew Stafford's wife says she has NO REASON to apologize after selling her tickets to tonight's "Monday Night Football" game ... saying she bought 'em herself and has a right to get her money back. 

Kelly Stafford has been under fire on social media after posting 5 tickets to the Lions vs. Saints game on StubHub ... with critics pointing out that her Detroit Lions QB hubby has reportedly made close to $100 MILLION and she should've given the tickets away to fans.

But Kelly hit back on Instagram -- saying, "I bought those New Orleans tickets to take my family to the game, but found out at the beginning of this week my grandfather is very ill so I am going home to see him instead."

1221-kelly-stafford-lions-tickets-INSTAGRAM-01"I'm also sorry for being HUMAN and wanting to sell the tickets we purchased because we are not able to go."

"We do a lot for this community and I'm beyond tired of getting badgered for this ... get over yourselves."

Kelly was selling some of the tickets for $200 each. Sure, she has the right to sell the tickets if she wants ... but was the $1,000 really worth the bad publicity? 

Matt Stafford's Wife REFS SCREWED US AGAIN!

12/4/2015 10:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1204-stafford-detroit-brother-caption-INSTAGRAM-01Matt Stafford's wife is PISSED AGAIN ... claiming the refs "screwed" her husband's Detroit Lions out of another victory Thursday night -- and once again, she's venting on social media. 

Kelly Stafford has a history of going public with her disdain for the officiating -- and this time, she was clearly upset with the controversial facemask penalty against the Lions that set up GB's game-winning Hail Mary TD on the last play of the game. 

"At least my brother was here to see us get screwed per the usual," Kelly wrote ... adding, "#detroitvseverybody."

Earlier this season, Stafford's wife called the refs "incompetent" after the Lions lost to the Seahawks ... and last year, she criticized NFL officials for babying Aaron Rodgers

Gotta love Kelly Stafford ... not afraid to speak her mind. 

Matt Stafford's Wife My Husband's Not a Moron ... So Quit Talkin' Trash!

11/6/2015 6:13 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1106-kelly-stafford-instagram-01Finally, someone is coming to the defense of Lions QB Matt Stafford ... his wife ... who claims her husband IS SMART, DAMMIT ... despite what some former coaches think. 

After the bloodbath in Detroit this week, in which a bunch of coaches got fired after their 1-7 start, Kelly Stafford said, "Heard that one of the coaches, who got fired, came after matthew's intelligence. That is seriously comical."

"Come after the way he plays all you want, but the second you come after his intelligence is when you look far too desperate."

She then dropped that he scored a 38 on the Wonderlic test, an aptitude test NFL rookies take before the draft. 38 is a pretty good score. 

BTW, great Wonderlic scores don't always equal great NFL success ... Blaine Gabbert reportedly scored a 42 ... and we all know how that situation's going.  

As for the coach Kelly was attacking, unclear so far. 

Matt Stafford's Wife RIPS NFL Your Refs Are Garbage!

10/8/2015 6:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1008-kbstafford-instagramMatt Stafford's wife opened fire on the NFL -- blasting the league for its "incompetent refs" ... hours after they blew a huge call that cost her husband's team a victory. 

By now you know the refs screwed up that "batted ball" call at the end of the Lions vs. Seahawks game on Monday night. Even the league admitted they screwed it up.

Enter Kelly Stafford ... who decided to take her shot at the refs on Instagram -- posting a screenshot of a text message exchange with Matt, in which the Lions QB says the league may fine him over his cleats. 

Kelly's response -- "Tell the league that they can fine u for your cleats if we can fine them for their incompetent refs."

BOOM!!!

Kelly removed the post -- but our friends at BSO were able to grab it before she took it down. Guessing the league ain't gonna be too happy with Stafford or his wife for this one ... 

Golden Tate I Puked During Insane Workout with Jimmy Clausen

6/29/2015 4:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Golden Tate says he and his old Notre Dame QB Jimmy Clausen are still BFFs -- barf friends forever -- because they recently trained so hard during an off-season workout ... Tate blew chunks. 

The Detroit Lions star was at LAX ... where he told us all about grueling workout that made him lose his lunch. 

For the record, Tate says he wiped off the vomit and hit the beach with his pal afterward. Hopefully, he chewed some gum or something. 

Detroit Lions Rodney Austin Accused of Assaulting Woman and a Baby

4/21/2015 10:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0421-rodney-austin-ap-02The Detroit Lions cut offensive lineman Rodney Austin on the heels of his arrest for assaulting a woman and a baby.

According to the police report ... Austin shoved Yvonne Gill-Sadler on April 5th around 2 AM during a dispute in her Charlotte, NC apartment -- and when she went down she was holding a female infant ... less than a year old.

The report also says Austin prevented Gill-Sadler from calling 911 by stealing her phone. The baby and Gill-Sadler were uninjured ... according to cops. 

Austin was arrested on April 17 and booked for assault, larceny, child abuse and interfering with emergency communication. 

Austin, a backup player for the Lions ... was cut from the team Tuesday morning. 

Ex-NFL RB Kevin Smith Arrested On College Campus ... After Alleged Car Crash

4/8/2015 2:28 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Kevin Smith -- former Detroit Lions running back -- was arrested on the campus of UCF earlier today ... after cops say he fled the scene of a car accident and then disobeyed a police officer. 

According to campus police, the 28-year-old was walking to class (apparently he's back in school) ... when he was approached by a University of Central Florida officer who was investigating a car wreck that occurred over the weekend. 

Cops say Smith was involved in the accident and was driving with a suspended license at the time. Officials also believe Smith left the scene without providing information. 

Fast forward to Wednesday ... when a UCF police officer tried to issue a citation to Smith -- but he refused to cooperate. 

Instead, cops say Smith blew off the officer and continued to walk to class. 

That's when the officer decided to "seize" Smith -- and arrested him. He was taken to a nearby jail where, in addition to refusing to sign the citation, he was also charged with resisting arrest. 

Story developing .. 

Matthew Stafford & Wife THE 2-Minute Wedding Drill QB Recaps Party, Gifts, Honeymoon

4/7/2015 6:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Here's your 2-minute Matthew Stafford wedding recap -- where the Detroit Lions QB and his wife Kelly breakdown their entire insane weekend in 120 seconds. 

Among the topics: 
-- The free Nike giveaway to party guests
-- The honeymoon plans
-- Some of the best gifts they got  
-- Close up shots of Kelly's massive ring 

040715_matt_stafford_ringThe Staffords are great -- in fact, Kelly was still wearing her custom "Mrs." baseball cap from the reception while strolling through LAX on Tuesday. 

There's more ... Matt also reacts to the crap he got from a Detroit media outlet last month for not clapping enough during Michigan State vs. Oklahoma game. 

Kelly blasted the outlet at the time -- but now, it's Matt's turn ... pretty funny stuff. 

Lions QB Matt Stafford JUST DID IT Nike Giveaway At Wedding Bash

4/6/2015 7:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0406_wedding_free_nike_shoes_sub2Matt Stafford is officially a married man -- tying the knot with longtime girlfriend Kelly Hall ... and every single guest got a FREE PAIR OF NIKES!!!! 

The two got married in a lavish ceremony in Atlanta on Saturday night -- in front of friends, family members and several Detroit Lions teammates including Golden Tate (pictured below) and Joe Fauria (above left). 

But the coolest part (besides the couple getting married) ... was the wedding swag -- a free pair of Nikes to every guest and a custom airbrushed trucker hat for all.  

At the end of the night, the couple got into what appeared to be a vintage Rolls-Royce ... and well, you know what happens next -- TOUCHDOWN!!!

Mazel!  

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NFL Star DeAndre Levy Insane Wing Walking Video ... Dude's a Maniac!

3/31/2015 4:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Here's CRAZY video of NFL linebacker DeAndre Levy ... WING-WALKING on a bi-plane ... while only relying on a tiny little safety rope in case he slipped during the flight. 

Again, this video is NUTS!!! 

Levy is no scrub ... the Detroit Lions stud is one of the best linebackers in the league and he's heading into the final year of his 3-year $9.75 million contract. 

So, he's got a lot to live for. 

Still, Levy decided to risk it all for the thrill of some in-flight stunts -- as the pilot of the plane executes some barrel rolls and crazy inverted flying tricks. 

Ya gotta wonder how the Lions feel about Levy's hobby -- considering they wouldn't even let Matt Stafford ride a motorcycle when he signed his big contract. 

#AtLeastLevyWasWearingAHelmet #NotLikeItWouldMatter

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