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John Elway RGIII Will Kill It On Sunday ... In Return to Browns

12/9/2016 8:32 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Remember, John Elway has forgotten more about football than you'll ever know ... and he thinks the game will be good to RGIII on Sunday -- saying the Browns QB will "do well" in his first start back.

Elway -- who won two Super Bowls as a player and built a SB winning team as a GM in Denver -- was out in L.A. when we asked how he thought RG3 would fare in his first game action since September.

Griffin threw for just 190 yards and an interception in his last start against Philly ... but John says things will be different this time.

STOP SCOFFING. He's John Elway and YOU'RE NOT (he's probably wrong, though).

Odell Beckham's Cousin Gunning for the WWE

12/8/2016 2:39 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Odell Beckham's cousin, Terron Beckham, says he pivoting from his NFL dream ... and trying to pursue a career in the WWE as a jacked up pro wrestler!!! 

Terron famously earned himself a tryout with the NY Jets earlier this year -- and although coaches were impressed, he didn't get a contract. 

Still, Beckham has been training like a maniac to pursue a career in pro sports -- and says he's recently been in contact with the WWE.

In fact, he joined the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (airs Thursday night on FS1) -- and talked about his possible wrestling name and finishing move!! 

Look out, AJ Styles ... Terron's comin'. 

Chris Pratt I'm Prayin' for Earl Thomas We'll Always Support You

12/8/2016 1:34 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Earl Thomas is getting some superhero support from one of his biggest fans ... Chris Pratt ... who tells TMZ Sports he's praying for the injured Seahawks safety to get well soon. 

Thomas broke his leg against the Panthers on Sunday -- and has been contemplating retirement ever since. 

Pratt says he'll support whatever decision Thomas makes -- and wants the superstar to know how much he appreciated watching him play.

Question is ... do the Hawks still have a shot at the Super Bowl without ET?

Pratt definitely has a strong opinion on that one.

Chris Harrison Hey, Dak & Ezekiel ... Wanna Be the Next 'Bachelors'?

12/8/2016 10:29 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

They're single. They're famous. They're rich.

And now, Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott are getting an unofficial invitation to be the next stars of "The Bachelor" ... courtesy of the show's host, Chris Harrison.

Hey, it worked for Jesse Palmer, right?

Julian Edelman First Pic with Baby Daughter 'Welcome to the Fam'

12/8/2016 8:49 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

1208-julian-edelman-baby-girl-wcw-INSTAGRAM-01File Under: Awwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!!!!

Here's New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman holding his brand new baby daughter Lily -- the first time he's gone public about the kid. 

"My biggest #wcw of all time," Edelman posted on Instagram ... "Happy to welcome a new squirrel to the tree, my baby girl lily #proud."

Lily was born on Nov. 30th. 

Edelman's baby mama -- Swedish model, Ella Rose -- had filed paternity docs back in July naming the NFL star as the dad. Now, he's essentially confirmed it ... so, all that's left is hashing out child support and custody arrangements.

We're told the two are on good terms but are NOT on romantic terms. They've sort of been friends with benefits for the past few years. 

Our sources say Julian is committed to co-parenting the kid and being a good dad.

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Johnny Manziel Lamar Jackson Will Win Heisman BUT DON'T GO TO CLEVELAND!

12/7/2016 6:03 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Johnny Manziel is convinced Lamar Jackson will win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday -- but when we asked if he should take his career to Cleveland ... Johnny turned into Dikembe Mutombo!  

The ex-NFL quarterback is back in L.A. after celebrating his 24th bday in Miami this week -- and hit up Catch (the hottest restaurant in town) with a few friends. 

We talked about Cam Newton and Lamar ... but when the topic turned to Cleveland, it's clear Manziel wants Lamar to steer clear of the Browns. 

The last time we talked Cleveland with Manziel, seemed he was on better terms ... saying he wishes them all the best but knows he'll never play there again. 

Tony Gonzalez Cam Thought He Was Bigger Than The Team ... Just Follow The Rules, Dude

12/6/2016 4:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Tony Gonzalez isn't buying Cam Newton's missing shirt excuse ... telling TMZ Sports Newton's tie-less controversy had less to do with wardrobe and more do with plain old entitlement.

We got Gonzalez out at LAX and asked him what he thought of TieGate ... Cam Newton being benched for the start of last week's game for not abiding by team wardrobe rules.

Newton said it was a simple mix-up -- he didn't pack another shirt -- but it's clear Gonzalez thinks it's deeper than that ... saying Newton was trying to put one over on his team and organization.

Rashaan Salaam Heisman Winner Dead at 42 Body Discovered In Park

12/6/2016 12:26 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

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update_graphic_red_bar3:17 PM PT -- Cops now suspect Salaam's death was suicide and say a note has been recovered at the scene. 

Officials have still not released the cause of death. 

update-grey-gray-barEx-Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam -- a superstar running back for the Colorado Buffaloes -- has died at age 42 ... his family confirmed. 

Officials tell TMZ Sports ... Salaam's body was discovered in a parking lot at Eben G. Fine Park in Boulder, Colorado late Monday night. 

We're told there were no obvious signs of foul play. An autopsy is scheduled to be performed. 

Salaam won the Heisman in 1994 -- beating out guys like Steve McNair, Warren Sapp and Kerry Collins. 

He was later drafted by the Bears in the 1st round of the 1995 Draft but only spent a few seasons in the NFL. 

Salaam went on to run an organization dedicated to helping underprivileged kids. 

Salaam's death was first reported by Adam Schefter.

Derek Carr & Latavius Murray Treat Raiders Linemen to Epic Warriors Game

12/6/2016 7:04 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

1206-raiders-group-shot-golden-state-warriors-TWITTER-01The Oakland Raiders offensive line got a celebratory night out courtesy of their QB and RB -- with Derek Carr and Latavius Murray springin' for tickets to Monday night's Warriors game! 

And talk about timing ... the game turned out to be insane -- with Klay Thompson dropping 60 points in 3 quarters. 

Of course, the guys made sure to get a pic with Klay after the game.

Kevin Durant's mom, Wanda, was also at the game -- and got her pic with Derek Carr ... the "Real MVP" meeting the next NFL MVP???

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Victor Cruz to NFL: LET THE PLAYERS CELEBRATE ... It's What the Fans Want!

12/6/2016 6:39 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Enough with the flags ... if NFL players wanna celebrate with props, LET 'EM CELEBRATE ... so says NY Giants wide out Victor Cruz

With the NFL is cracking down on celebrations this year, Cruz says fans just want to see more FUN on the field (he's right) ... and letting players go all Ochocinco would be a huge step in the right direction! 

By the way, Cruz also told us how he's preparing for the big matchup with the Cowboys this weekend ... plus, his thoughts on the whole Thursday Night Football debate. 

Tim Tebow BEST. FANGIRL. EVER. Kissed By 89-Year-Old Superfan

12/6/2016 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Tim Tebow made an 89-year-old superfan's LIFE ... when he surprised her in Georgia and even let her kiss him on the face!

It all went down in Atlanta on Sunday night -- when some of Tim's friends arranged a meeting with Margaret Henderson ... who describes herself as one of Tim's biggest fans!

Tim, being Tim, agreed to meet her ... and what ensued is one of the sweetest most adorable moments ever!!!

Johnny Manziel Chuggin Fireball at 8AM ... Dancing on Yachts

12/5/2016 1:32 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Johnny Manziel turns 24 on Tuesday ... and he's celebrating with a relaxing, peaceful vacation in Miami.

Just kidding ... he's pounding booze at 8 AM.

The ex-NFL quarterback has been partying in Miami for the past couple days -- probably because Miami is poppin' right now due to the Art Basel event that takes over the city.

He's dancing on yachts, he's hanging with celebs, he's been chillin' at fancy hotels.

Manziel has told us that he eventually hopes to get back in the NFL --  but it looks like the comeback is on hold ... at least until after his birthday.

NFL's Kroy Biermann Defends Jeff Fisher ... He Doesn't Suck

12/5/2016 1:19 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Well, at least one guy isn't trashing the Rams for signing Jeff Fisher to a contract ... NFL/reality star Kroy Biermann, who thinks the guy actually deserved his 2 year contract extension.

Despite the fact they're 4-7 and BRUTAL to watch ... news broke over the weekend that Fisher will stick around as the main man in L.A. for the next 2 seasons.  

Some fans and critics (including Eric Dickerson) are pissed ... but not Kroy. He likes the move. 

Then again, he's also looking for a new team.

Smart man.

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