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Johnny Manziel Recruited By Spring League ... Other NFL Stars Commit

2/16/2017 12:45 AM PST
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Johnny Manziel has officially been invited to join an independent pro football league in April -- a league that already has commitments from ex-NFL stars like Greg Hardy and Kellen Winslow Jr.

TMZ Sports spoke with a rep for The Spring League who says Kellen and Hardy are 100% committed to play in the 4-team league which will primarily feature NFL vets and "younger talent." 

The league is expecting to have reps from all 32 NFL teams at their games and believe it will serve as a showcase for guys trying to get in the league. 

0215_johnny_manziel_letter_rip_wm-2-launchAs for Johnny, his offer comes with 2 conditions -- nightly check-ins with a team staff member at 9:30 PM AND he must pass a USADA drug test on April 5th, the first day of the league. 

We reached out to Manziel for comment. So far, no word back. 

As for Kellen, he's pumped to show the world he can still compete at a world-class level. 

Roddy White Falcons Players Frustrated with Super Bowl Play Calling

2/15/2017 11:30 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Atlanta Falcons legend Roddy White says he's spoken with players on the team who are still frustrated with the play calling at the end of the Super Bowl ... and says, "The City of Atlanta needed [that win]."

Roddy obviously loves the organization but says facts are facts ... several players were just as confused at the play calling in the 4th quarter as the fans at home. 

White says "you don't have to be a football genius" to realize the team should've run the ball 3 times and kicked a field goal instead of trying to pass when they were up by 8. Dumb. 

As for Roddy's earlier comments that he woulda fought offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan after the Super Bowl -- the WR says it's all in the past now -- Kyle has nothing to worry about.

Jim Brown Browns Will Be Good Next Year ... For Realsies!

2/14/2017 8:04 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Call him the eternal optimist ... but Jim Brown says he sincerely believes the Cleveland Browns can turn things around next year. 

The NFL legend was leaving Craig's in West Hollywood when he spelled out why the Browns won't be a smoldering dumpster fire in 2017. 

For what it's worth, we shot Robert Griffin III a few weeks ago and he told us he's more motivated than ever to rack up some Ws next season. 

Tom Brady Will Sign Your Footballs ... $1,000 a Pop!

2/9/2017 7:21 AM PST
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0209-tom-brady-signed-merch-super-bowl-GETTY-02Tom Brady has committed to a private autograph session for hardcore collectors -- but if you want in, you gotta have serious cash. 

We spoke with the Tristar sports memorabilia company which confirmed Brady is on board for a session in March. The company has done similar signings with Brady in the past. 

Basically, you tell the company what you want signed and TB12 will sign it. 

Footballs -- $1,000 each

Autographed photo -- $850

Patriots mini-helmet -- $900

Tom Brady "game day" style jersey -- $1,200

Want him to add the words "5X SB CHAMP"? ... that'll be an extra $400.

He'll also add a 20 character personalization for an additional $500.

Save up! 

Young Jeezy PROUD of Leaving Super Bowl Early ... Blasts ATL Coach

2/8/2017 3:50 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Think Jeezy regrets leaving the Super Bowl early ... before OVERTIME?? Hell no. He'd do it again. 

We couldn't believe our eyes when we saw him leave the game in Houston right before the very first OT Super Bowl game in NFL history ... but Jeezy said he wanted to beat the traffic.

Now that he knows how it went down (historic, unreal finish), Jeezy says he's got no regrets because he knows ATL will be back in the big game next year.

Yeah ... sure. 

Warren Sapp Randy Moss Was No Angel Hall of Fame Gonna Snub Him Too?

2/8/2017 12:25 AM PST
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Warren Sapp is FURIOUS with Hall of Fame voters for snubbing Terrell Owens -- and says Randy Moss could be in serious trouble if candidates are being judged by off-the-field behavior.

Sapp -- a Hall of Famer himself -- says he's "up in arms" about the Owens situation because the guy is clearly one of the best WRs of all time ... along with Moss. 

But with Owens not getting enough H.O.F. votes for the 2nd year in a row, Sapp clearly believes he's being wrongly punished for his off-the-field antics.

Sapp warns, "What do we do next year when Randy Moss is standing there?"

Of course, Moss also had major off-the-field issues during his NFL career -- including a 2002 arrest for allegedly striking a cop with his car (he later pled guilty to misdemeanor traffic violations).

He also failed an NFL drug test and was fined multiple times for abusing the refs -- including the infamous water bottle incident in 2000, when he squirted water at an official and was fined $40,000.

He also allegedly went on the radio in 2010 and blasted his head coach, Jeff Fisher, while using a fake name. 

But Sapp says it shouldn't matter, they BOTH belong in Canton. 

"Hey, wake up voters! I don't know what the hell football ya'll been watching for the last 2 years but there's two receivers other than Jerry Rice that must be in the Hall of Fame and that's Randy Moss and T.O."

"Get it right!"

Julian Edelman Catch Was '70% Luck' Wasn't Sure It Would Count!

2/7/2017 7:45 AM PST
Breaking News

Julian Edelman says his Super Bowl miracle catch was more luck than skill -- and admits he wasn't even sure it was gonna count when the ref blew the whistle!!!

The New England Pats WR appeared on "The Tonight Show" with his coach, Bill Belichick, on Monday and, of course, they dissected the hell out of that insane 4th quarter game-saving catch. 

"It was probably 70% luck," a very bearded Edelman said ... admitting he tried to get Tom Brady to rush the next play so the refs couldn't review it!

Didn't matter ... it was as legit as it gets and Jimmy Fallon says the WR should use his newfound global catch fame to start a new business! 

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Young Jeezy Bails at Start of OT, Guarantees Birds Win ... Oops!

2/6/2017 6:40 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Biggest Super Bowl blunder ever has gotta go to Young Jeezy ... for bailing on the Falcons at the start of overtime and crowning them champs ... before the GREATEST. COMEBACK. EVER.

Jeezy and his crew were leaving NRG Stadium with the game tied 28-28 ... but despite relinquishing a 25 point lead, the rapper's confident as hell ATL's bringing home the Lombardi Trophy.

Check it out ... Jeezy's even got a parade date in mind.

Doh!!!

Jeremy Renner Brady's a Legend ... Beat Bradshaw, Montana!!!

2/6/2017 6:58 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Jeremy Renner's putting Tom Brady above every NFL quarterback ... and his logic's simple -- look at the man's handful of rings.

Jeremy, who was leaving the Super Bowl outside NRG Stadium in Houston, says Tom's no doubt above 2 other NFL legends -- Terry Bradshaw and Joe Montana.

Now that's a statement.

Dikembe Mutombo FINGER WAG to Falcons ... We Blew It

2/6/2017 5:52 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

As if losing the Super Bowl wasn't bad enough, the ATL Falcons just got the FINGER WAG OF SHAME from Dikembe Mutombo

Mutombo was leaving NRG Stadium in Houston -- still sporting his Falcons jersey -- when we asked if he was impressed with the Patriots' comeback. That's when he busted out the finger. 

"We lost. Atlanta lost. That's all I care about."

Tom Brady to Robert Kraft: 'Somebody Stole My Game Jersey'

2/6/2017 5:46 AM PST
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After stealing the Super Bowl from the Falcons, Tom Brady told Pats owner Bob Kraft HE was hit by a thief -- accusing someone of STRAIGHT JACKING his game jersey!! 

Kraft was in the locker room handing out victory cigars to the players, when Brady voiced his issue to the boss. 

Kraft didn't seem to care too much ... saying, "Well, you better look online!" Brady smiled. 

Tom Leyden of FOX25 reported a Patriots equipment manager took the jersey and put it in a safe place for Tom -- it wasn't stolen! 

But a new twist ... Tom just spoke at a news conference and said the jersey is STILL missing!

He also said he's concerned the jersey will end up on eBay. 

The search continues ... 

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President George Bush & Barbara All Smiles For Super Bowl LI ... After Hospital Stint

2/5/2017 3:43 PM PST
Breaking News

Great scene at Super Bowl 51 ... when President George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara made a surprise appearance to do the coin toss ... less than a week after the ex-POTUS was released from the hospital. 

George was wheeled out on a chair. Barbara was driven out in a cart. Both had big smiles on their faces. 

92-year-old George was admitted to the hospital on Jan. 14th for complications stemming from pneumonia.

Barbara was discharged from the hospital a week earlier after battling health issues of her own. 

As for the coin flip ... tails. 

VP Mike Pence was there too ... giving a standing O for the Bushes. 

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Super Bowl LI Celebs Hit the Gridiron Early

2/5/2017 2:55 PM PST

0205-celebs-super-bowl-warm-ups-gallery-GETTY-01It's about half an hour before kickoff at Super Bowl LI ... and a bunch of celebs are already taking the field.

Among the early birds are Mark Wahlberg, Usher, Yao Ming, Randy Moss, Alex Rodriguez, Michael Strahan, Terry Bradshaw, Erin Andrews and Lady Gaga (obviously). 

From the looks of it ... these stars either have to be there early for work, or are just overly dedicated to their squads. We'll see who else shows come game time. 

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