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'Workaholics' Star Returning Punts for Nebraska ... Sorta

4/29/2016 11:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Nebraska has a new return man ... or, at least they did for 5 minutes ... when "Workaholics" star Adam DeVine suited up and got on the field at Memorial Stadium and TOOK ONE TO THE HOUSE!!

DeVine -- who grew up in Nebraska -- was at the university promoting his new movie, "Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates" when he got to spend some time with Cornhuskers football coach Mike Riley. 

DeVine not only got a tour of the football facility -- and met some players in the gym -- but got an actual Nebraska uniform ... and got to catch some balls from the punt machine. 

Props to DeVine for actually CATCHING the ball ... but your celebration needs work. 

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The Gronk Brothers MEATHEADS UNITE ... For Running Man Challenge

4/29/2016 9:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

429-gronks-runningman-instagramThe Running Man challenge has been Gronk'd -- with all 5 Gronkowski brothers coming together in a gym (where else?) ... to bust out the dance moves. 

FYI -- the Running Man Challenge has taken over social media ... with stars like Kyrie Irving, Justise Winslow and scores of college hoops players dancing along to "My Boo" by Ghost Town DJ's. 

Now, the Gronks have entered the mix. 

The best part ... when one of the bros slips and falls during a box jump. Nice recovery though. 

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Michael Strahan Giants Should Take Ezekiel Elliott ... 'Good Kid'

4/26/2016 5:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The good news ... Michael Strahan says he's confident the NY Giants should take Ezekiel Elliott in the 1st round of the NFL Draft. 

The bad news ... who the hell knows if he's still gonna be available when the Giants select with the 10th pick!!

Strahan was out in NYC Monday night -- preparing for the return of Kelly Ripa today -- when we hit him with a curveball ... a football question. 

Even if the G-Men don't take the Ohio State running back, it's clear Strahan likes the guy personally saying, "He's a good kid."

... and the Cowboys will be lucky to have him at #4. 

NFL's Eric Dickerson Hey Rams ... LET'S GET GOFF!!!

4/25/2016 9:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

NFL legend Eric Dickerson knows exactly how he wants his beloved L.A. Rams to use the #1 pick in the draft -- JARED GOFF!!!

With the debate still raging between Goff and Carson Wentz ... E.D. says he's convinced Goff is the better choice -- telling TMZ Sports he's got all the right tools. 

Footwork. Release. Accuracy ... as Eric put it, "I think he's the best thing out there right now."

Check out the clip ... Dickerson says the Rams are thiiiis close to being a real contender and Goff could get 'em to where they need to be. 

Oh, and get this ... Dickerson says he doesn't officially work for the Rams -- but now that they're in L.A., he says he would love to hook up with the team in a professional capacity. 

#MakeItHappen! 

Tom Brady Must Serve 'Deflategate' Suspension ... Appeals Court Rules

4/25/2016 8:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

42516-tom-brady-gettyGood news for the Cardinals, Dolphins, Texans and Bills ... an appeals court has ruled Tom Brady MUST serve his "Deflategate" suspension -- and won't play the 1st 4 games of the season. 

Brady had appealed the initial punishment levied against him by NFL Commish Roger Goodell last year for his role in an alleged football deflating scheme in the AFC Championship game. 

The lower court sided with Brady -- which is why he didn't have to miss a game last year. But the NFL pushed ahead with an appeal -- and the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals saw it the league's way. 

Brady could have one last play -- he could appeal to the Supreme Court of the United States ... but they don't have to take the case.

Better hope Chief Justice Roberts is a Pats fan ... 

Jonathan Manziel HITS THE CLUB HARD ... What New Image?

4/20/2016 10:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

New name, same game ... here's Jonathan Manziel partying his face off at the hottest nightclub in Hollywood Tuesday night. 

Seriously. 

Multiple sources confirm ... the dude in this video wearing the Chicago Blackhawks jersey is, in fact, Manziel -- who raged at 1 OAK nightclub on the Sunset Strip until the early hours of Wednesday morning. 

The video was shot literally HOURS after he issued a statement vowing to "take care of his issues" so he can get back to the NFL. 

Our sources tell us ... Manziel was not drinking in the club -- but you can see him dancing and enjoying himself with his crew. 

Johnny Manziel Passenger In Alleged Hit & Run ... Picked Up By Josh Gordon

4/13/2016 1:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

041316-manziel-josh-gordon-tmz-gettyJohnny Manziel was a passenger in a car that allegedly hit a light pole and fled the scene in Hollywood this weekend ... and the person who picked him up after the crash was Josh Gordon.

TMZ Sports has learned ... Manziel was interviewed by LAPD about a crash that occurred on the Sunset Strip around 10:45 PM on Saturday night.

We're told ... cops believe the driver of the car was Manziel's good friend Ryan Silverstein -- aka OVO Ryan from Drake's OVO crew.

0413_ryan-silverstien_instagram_SUBLaw enforcement sources tell us ... cops believe Silverstein and Manziel left the scene on foot after the crash -- and were picked up by Cleveland Browns WR Gordon. 

After cops arrived to the crash scene, we're told Silverstein and Manziel came BACK to the area ... and witnesses identified Ryan as the driver because of his recognizable beard. 

Our sources tell us Manziel admitted to being a passenger in the car at the time of the crash -- but he's NOT accused of any criminal wrongdoing. Neither is Gordon for that matter. 

As for OVO Ryan, we're told cops are still investigating him for a possible misdemeanor hit-and-run. 

Attempts to contact Ryan and Manziel were unsuccessful.  

BTW, earlier that night, we spotted Manziel and OVO Ryan outside of The Nice Guy ... where Johnny told us he's living with Von Miller and not doing anything stupid. 

Lynn Swann Named USC Athletic Director ... FB Star Son's Coming Too!

4/13/2016 10:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

041316-lynn-swann-gettyUSC has announced Lynn Swann will take over as athletic director ... succeeding Pat Haden, who recently announced he'll be stepping down in June.

Swann played WR for the Trojans from 1971 to 1973 and went on to have a prolific NFL career -- winning 4 Super Bowls.

And get this ... Lynn's son, Braxton Swann, is a superstar high school defensive back who says he plans to attend USC next year. 

After his football career, President George W. Bush appointed Swann Chairman of the United States President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. 

Swann has also been very involved in politics -- running for governor of Pennsylvania as a Republican back in 2006 ... though he lost that election. 

Haden announced he would be stepping down from the A.D. role back in February ... 5 days before he suffered a medical emergency on campus.  

Von Miller Johnny Manziel Ain't My Roomie

4/11/2016 2:21 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0411-von-miller-johnny-manziel-TMZ-01Von Miller's setting the record straight ... he is NOT shacking up with Johnny Manziel.

The Superbowl MVP took to Instagram, saying, "Johnny's not staying with me but he is my BROTHER!" He added, "Like I've said a thousand times, I got his back no matter what!"

Miller's responding to comments Manziel made to TMZ Sports ... saying he and Von are living together while Johnny searches for a new football team.

Now he's gotta find someone else to split the utilities with.

Eli Manning Rent My Badass NJ Condo ... For $18k Per Month!

4/9/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0408_eli_manning_hudson_river_home_launchWanna live like a Super Bowl MVP but don't have the talent? 

Good news, you can now rent Eli Manning's kickass NJ condo ... if you can drop a measly $18k per month. 

The place is pretty sick ... it's located in Hoboken, right next to the Hudson River and has insane views of Manhattan. 

Eli put the 3,500 square foot place on the market last year for $5.2 million -- but hasn't been able to find the perfect buyer ... so now he's decided to offer it up for lease.  

And get this ... the master bathroom comes with a bathtub clad in Calacatta gold marble -- how fancy is that? 

Oh, and in case you were wondering ... that's Eli's adorable pooch, Chester, in the pics. He's not included in the lease. 

Shawn Oakman Investigated for Rape ... No Arrest Made

4/8/2016 5:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0408-shawn-oakman-getty-01Ex-Baylor football star Shawn Oakman -- a top prospect in the upcoming NFL Draft -- is being investigated for rape ... but he has NOT been arrested or charged with a crime.  

According to the Waco Police Dept., the former Baylor defensive end met the accuser at Scruffy Murphy's bar between 2 and 3 AM on April 3rd and brought her back to his apartment, near the Baylor campus.

Oakman allegedly forced the woman into his bedroom, tore off her clothes and sexually assaulted her.

The woman eventually left the apartment and went to a nearby hospital where she was treated for injuries and examined for sexual assault ... so say police docs. 

Cops say they spoke with Oakman who "admitted to only having consensual sex" with the woman.

Investigators searched Oakman's apartment for evidence -- and reportedly seized comforters and sheets.

Michael Sam I'm Going Back To Missouri ... TO CRUSH ANTI-GAY BILL

4/6/2016 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Michael Sam says he's returning to his old Missouri stomping grounds, not to get ready for the NFL ... but to fight a controversial bill that some have deemed anti-gay.

Sam was in West Hollywood when we asked him about SJR 39 or "The Religious Freedom Bill," which some think would open the floodgates for businesses to openly discriminate against gays.

Michael -- who of course, was a stud football player for Mizzou -- told our guy not only has he already spoken out against the measure ... but he plans to go back to the midwest to help squash it.

Check out the clip.

Johnny Manziel Showing Love for the Rams ... 'Gurley's a Beast!'

4/3/2016 8:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Johnny Manziel hit up L.A.'s nightclub scene, but was all business when we raised the topic of his next potential team ... the L.A. Rams.

Manziel was leaving The Nice Guy Saturday night -- looking sober and driving himself -- and we asked what he thought about playing for the Rams. He didn't hesitate ... immediately giving props to the team's superstar RB Todd Gurley.

Check out the clip ... he's clearly got love for Gurley's game, and maybe the Rams too. Question is ... will they love him back enough to sign him?

More evidence Johnny's in a Hollywood state of mind -- he hung out with Justin Bieber at 1Oak Nightclub last night.

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Todd was recently used as an example of how to behave well in the media. Johnny could learn a few things. 

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