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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. 

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Matt Stafford's Fiancee

BACHELORETTE PARTY

... Suns Out, Buns Out

3/15/2015 9:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0315-matt-stafford-wife-INSTAGRAM-01It's 48 degrees and cloudy in Detroit ... so Matt Stafford's future wife hit Vegas for her bachelorette party -- and proved her ass can hang with the best of 'em!!!

Kelly Hall and her gal pals hit the pool party at Wet Republic at the MGM Grand ... where she did some bikini crowdsurfing ... bikini cheerleading ... and other bikini-clad activities -- under the 85 degree Vegas sun.

0315-SUB-matt-stafford-wife-INSTAGRAM-02bThe Detroit Lions quarterback and his college sweetheart got engaged last year ... and they famously broke the news at a Cold Stone Creamery.

Now, the wedding is right around the corner -- hopefully, the reception will be half as much fun a the bachelorette party!!

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Reggie Bush

I'm Not Quitting Football

... Just Because I Got Cut

2/27/2015 6:36 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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022715_reggie_bush_launchIt sucks to be released ... no doubt ... but Reggie Bush tells TMZ Sports he's not giving up on the NFL just because he got cut by the Detroit Lions.  

Just 24 hours after the Lions announced the move, Bush was out at Madeo in Beverly Hills ... in a pretty good mood for a guy who just lost his job.   

But when we asked if it was time to throw in the towel on his football career, Bush was clear that ain't gonna happen.  

It's not the craziest question ... considering Bush is about to turn 30 ... the same age as former Lions running back Barry Sanders when he decided to hang 'em up.   

Bush probably won't have trouble getting another job -- but it'll be interesting to see where he goes ... and for how much. 

NFL's Titus Young

Football Hits Caused Mental Issues

... Doctors Say

2/1/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Ex-NFL star Titus Young is suffering from a traumatic brain injury caused by repeated blows to the head ... which contributed to his alleged violent behavior ... so say the specialists treating Young at a mental health facility in San Diego. 

As we previously reported, the 25-year-old former Detroit Lions receiver was arrested last year after allegedly attacking people in 5 separate incidents ... and was locked up in a L.A. County jail. 

Now, we've learned Young recently bonded out and has been receiving treatment at the Crosby Center in S.D. -- where specialists believe Young's issues come from the hits he took playing football. 

TMZ Sports spoke with Pete Daniels, intake coordinator at the Center, who tells us Young was admitted to the facility last weekend and has been working with a team of specialists and doctors non-stop. 

Despite the short stay, Daniels says the doctors say Young's symptoms include hypervigilance, mood swings, emotional instability and more. 

"All of the these are results of Young taking hits to the head for long periods of time," Daniels says ... "without a doubt."

Daniels says Young has been responding positively to the treatment -- he's feeling better and more in control of his life. 

Young -- who's still facing criminal charges for the alleged assaults -- is expected to remain at the center for least 6 more weeks. Daniels says he hopes the judge will allow him to continue treatment instead of putting him back behind bars. 

"He’s trusting us and he's allowing a family member to stay with him to provide support," Daniels says ... "We should have a good, accurate diagnosis and plan of how to address his treatment in the next 21 days."

Barry Sanders

Why No TD Dances??

I've Got 'No Rhythm'

1/22/2015 10:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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012215_barry_sanders_launchBarry Sanders got jokes!! 

The NFL Hall of Famer was out in NYC Thursday when we asked why he never broke out any TD dances when he hit paydirt back in the day. 

Barry's response is great ... turns out his wit is as quick as his feet.   

We also brought up Tecmo Bowl -- and the infamous debate between who was the better T.B. running back ... Barry or Bo Jackson?  

Even Bo knows ... Sanders was a BEAST in 8 bit. 

NFL's Golden Tate

I Didn't Bang Russell Wilson's Wife

1/16/2015 11:03 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0116-golden-tate-russell-wilson-getty-01Detroit Lions wide receiver Golden Tate says he DID NOT have sexual relations with Russell Wilson's wife ... despite rumors to the contrary ... and he claims the Seahawks QB knows it. 

Of course, Wilson and his wife Ashton split up back in April -- and there were rumblings that it all had to do with an alleged affair involving one of Russell's Seattle Seahawks teammates. 

Golden -- who played with Seattle at the time --signed with Detroit a short time later ... fueling the rumors.  

But now Tate is denying everything in a statement posted on TheCauldron -- writing:

"I did not have an affair with Russell Wilson’s wife, nor did I have anything to do with his divorce."

"That is laughable for anyone who knows us. His ex-wife, Ashton, is still best friends with my girlfriend."

"Russell and I were good friends when I was in Seattle, on and off the field — he knows the rumors about me were unfounded, damaging to my reputation, and an attack on my character."

In fact, Golden's GF posted a pic with Ashton just 4 months ago (pic below). 

As for Russell, the details surrounding the split were kept super quiet. Neither he nor Ashton have talked about why they broke up.  
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Matthew Stafford

My GF Is a Frickin' Baller!

(And She's Super Hot)

3/10/2014 10:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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's girlfriend is a MONSTER on the basketball court ... sinking 3-pointers like the female Reggie Miller (only she's way hotter than Reggie) ... and she's got the video to prove it. 

The Detroit Lions QB hit the gym with Kelly Hall recently ... and fed her the rock over and over as she hit 4 threes in a row from various spots on the court

Aaaaand ... when she was done heating up the hardwood, Kelly put on her yellow bikini and hit up Mexico with the girlfriend of NFL draft prospect Blake Bortles (in the purple bottoms). 

Maybe Brent Musburger was right ... it's good to be the quarterback
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William Clay Ford

Owner of the Detroit Lions

Dead at 88

3/9/2014 10:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
R.I.P.
0309-william-clay-ford-getty-01William Clay Ford, owner of the Detroit Lions, has died from pneumonia. He was 88.

Ford was the last surviving grandson of Ford Motor Co. founder Henry Ford. 

Lions team president Tom Lewand said in a statement, "It is with profound sadness that we mourn the loss of Mr. Ford and extend our deepest sympathies to Mrs. Ford and to the entire Ford family. No owner loved his team more than Mr. Ford loved the Lions."

Ford owned the Lions since November 1963, during which time the team won only one playoff game.

Detroit Lions

Former O-Lineman

at Center of Murder-for-Hire Case

3/7/2014 12:33 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Cops are investigating text messages in a murder-for-hire case in which a skin specialist to the stars bragged about soliciting former Detroit Lions offensive lineman Chris Geile to kill a rival skin specialist ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Geile was a guard who played 3 games for the Lions in 1987. 

We reached out to Chris for comment -- but could not reach him. 

We know ... skin specialist Dawn DaLuise was arrested on Wednesday for solicitation to commit murder .   

Our sources tell us ... the text messages in question were allegedly sent from Dawn to a friend -- and in them, she brags that Chris will "take out" her intended target. She also mentions that Chris is 6'7" and 315 lbs. She also claims he was a QB ... but that just ain't true. 

As for DaLuise -- she's currently being held on $1 million bail.

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Ex-Detroit Lions Player

Suspected HIT MAN

In Murder-for-Hire Plot

3/7/2014 8:09 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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A former Detroit Lions football player is suspected of being the hit man in a real-life Hollywood murder for-hire-plot ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ Sports

The identity of the former NFL player has not been released ... but sources tell us the guy is VERY big (in size). 

Here's the backstory -- we know ... celebrity skin specialist Dawn DaLuise was arrested Wednesday for allegedly trying to hire someone to kill a skin care competitor. Sources tell us the person she contacted once played for the Lions. 

FYI -- The murder was never carried out ... cops stepped in after someone tipped them off about the alleged plot.

Story developing ...

Tim Allen to Lions:

Jim Caldwell as Coach?

HUUUUHHHHH?????

2/21/2014 1:17 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Tim Allen -- Detroit Lions mega-fan -- isn't too pumped about his team's new head coach ... telling TMZ Sports he's not sold on Jim Caldwell after his disaster of a season in Baltimore.

The "Last Man Standing" star was leaving The Improv in L.A. last night when we asked how he felt about the former Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator taking over the Lions.

His response was less than enthusiastic.

"Let's just say ... how well did Baltimore do with their offense this year? Kinda sloppy right?"

Allen raises a good point -- under Caldwell, the Ravens finished the season an abysmal 29th in total offense and lowly 25th in scoring.

Still, Allen -- a 45-year fan -- say, "I hope he does well."

NFL Star Nate Burleson

I Wasn't Drunk, Disoriented

... But I Did Drop the Pizza

10/1/2013 10:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1001-tmz-Burleson-pizza-tmzDetroit Lions star Nate Burleson tells TMZ ... the 911 caller was mistaken -- he wasn't woozy, or off-balanced or DRUNK in the moments following his car crash last week ... but he did fumble his pizza. 

Nate says he was in shock in the moments following the wreck, in which he suffered a broken arm and cuts on his face after a night at Happy's Pizza and Pub in Detroit -- but the 32-year-old explains, "I was completely coherent. I was trying to grasp what was going on at the moment."

As we previously reported, one of the people who called 911 following the crash last Monday night told the operator Nate "was losing his balance" and "appeared to be intoxicated."

But Nate tells TMZ, "My arm was broken so that may cause you to stumble, but it was not alcohol-related at all."

1001-Burleson-happy-pizza-tmzIn fact, Nate says the cops complimented him on how composed he was following the crash -- considering his injuries. 

As for the pizza, Nate admits he tried to save the pie as it slid around on the front seat of his GMC Yukon ... but the food slipped through his fingers ... and that's when he lost control of the ride and crashed. 

We obtained photos of the pizza carnage following the wreck ... showing the deep dish pepperoni (with mushrooms) all over Nate's whip. 

"I get the jokes, 'cause reaching for a pizza isn't the way you wanna crash your car," Nate says ...  "But I'm lucky to have walked away."

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Lions' Nate Burleson 911 Call

Witness: I'd Guess He's Drunk

10/1/2013 6:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Moments after Nate Burleson smashed his SUV into a median -- a witness called 911 and said, "He was losing his balance" ... and that he believed the Detroit Lions star appeared to be intoxicated.

Burleson wrecked last Monday night, and police have said they do not believe alcohol or drugs were a factor -- but on this 911 tape you clearly hear the caller say, "He looks a little messed up. He's walking around, but if I had my guess I'd say he's drunk."

Nate told police he lost control while reaching for a pizza box that was falling off his front seat.

TMZ spoke to a witness at the pub and pizza spot where Burleson had been hanging out that night who told us he had a couple of beers.

However, when we spoke to the manager at the bar ... he told us Nate had "maybe one drink" in the 4 hours he was there.

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