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Vernon Davis Surprises Broncos Fan in Hospital ... 'I'm Speechless!'

2/3/2016 8:37 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Awesome moment Tuesday courtesy of Vernon Davis -- when he surprised a hardcore Broncos fan at a Children's Hospital near the Super Bowl ... and the fan was so excited, he could barely talk! 

It all went down at Stanford Children's Health -- where Alex -- an 18-year-old Broncos fan -- has been courageously battling cancer and heart problems since he was 5 years old. 

We're told the hospital tweeted out to several Broncos players asking if anyone could stop by -- and lo and behold, the tweets got to Vernon's people.

The tight end immediately cleared his schedule and made plans to go to the hospital -- what ensued was a pretty special moment. 

We spoke with a rep for the hospital who tells us the two talked about everything from the Super Bowl to what Peyton Manning is like in real life. The two also took pics together and Vernon signed a football. 

In the end, we're told the experience was a "dream come true" for Alex. 

Pretty cool. 

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Lil Kim Recruits Ex-NFL Star To Make New Hip-Hop Heat

2/3/2016 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Lil Kim's blind side will be totally safe recording her new album ... 'cause she's got some serious beef helping her make hip-hop magic ... Ex-NFLer Bryant McKinnie.

Why would a hip-hop legend recruit a football player to make music?

Turns out McKinnie is a Grammy nominated producer ... having produced an R&B album back in 2009. He skipped the ceremony though ... 'cause he had to play in the NFC Championship game.

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TMZ Sports spoke to Lil Kim ... who says she's known McKinnie for around 10 years and has the ultimate faith his expert ear will make her project a hit.

"I respect Bryant's energy and input. When I really started to listen to him I realized that he really knows music and gives you nothing but real talk when you ask his opinions."

McKinnie isn't exactly producing Kim's new album ... he says he's acting in more of an "A&R capacity" but the Queen Bee says he knows what's hot in music ... because he's the king of the Miami club scene.

"It's always the turn up with him when I'm in Miami, we actually met at the club and a lot of that type of energy is what I want on this new album, he knows that."

No word on when Kim's new joint is dropping ... but the two are down in Miami working right now and the first single "Mine" feat. Kevin Gates is already out.

#SpittinHotFyre.

Raiders Owner Mark Davis Yep, I Own LasVegasRaiders.com ... Here's Why

2/2/2016 3:26 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0202_mark-davis-raiders_vegas-gettyThe owner of the Oakland Raiders tells TMZ Sports ... he does in fact own the domain LasVegasRaiders.com -- and has for years -- "just in case" the Silver and Black move to Sin City.

We spoke with Mark Davis who confirmed he personally bought the domain back in the '90s "in case the team ever wound up in Vegas."

"I think it's only $8 per year ... so, it's worth it in case we end up there."

When asked why he liked Vegas as a possible destination, Davis said -- "It's close to where we are now. It would be a close trip for our fans and there are a lot of sports fans who visit Vegas."

One other interesting thing ... Davis told us he believes the Raiders are the only NFL team that could "exist" out in Vegas. 

So far, it seems Vegas could still be in the cards for the team -- especially with Las Vegas Sands honcho Sheldon Adelson gunning to build a $1 billion stadium on the UNLV campus.

Good luck! 

Ex-Ravens Linebacker I Know Ray Rice ... He's a Good Guy

2/2/2016 7:04 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Ray Rice is getting support from one of his former Baltimore Ravens teammates -- who says he knows Ray is a "good guy" ... and deserves another shot in the NFL. 

We spoke with ex-Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo outside of Mr Chow in Bev Hills -- who told us he played with Ray for 5 years ... and insists he's not the monster he's been made out to be. 

"What happened with Ray ... that was a one time deal," Ayanbadejo said.

"He's a really good guy, great guy in the community. Made a mistake and he owned it ... but yeah, he should be back in the league."

As for Ray, he's been training like crazy and says he refuses to give up on a comeback. We'll see what happens in the off-season. 

Darren Sproles I Liked Playing For Chip Kelly

2/2/2016 6:11 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Don't count Darren Sproles among the Chip Kelly haters -- the Eagles running back tells TMZ Sports he enjoyed his time with the coach ... and says the 49ers will too! 

Kelly obviously has a lot of critics -- including former Eagles LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson ... who ripped Chip after they were shipped out of Philly. 

But Sproles -- who just returned from the Pro Bowl -- vouched for the guy. 

We also asked Darren who he's rooting for in the Super Bowl. Check out the clip ... gotta give the credit for being honest! 

Scores Strip Club No Boob Tube for Super Sunday ... SB Commercial Banned

2/2/2016 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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CBS isn't taking a chance on a nipplegate repeat ... it's giving a strip club the ax when it comes to a commercial spot during Super Bowl 50.

The famous NYC strip club, Scores, was ready to throw down $5 million for a coveted 30 second spot to promote ScoresLive.com ... which offers one-on-one online interaction with strippers.

If you think that sounds awesome ... you're not a CBS honcho. The network fired off a letter saying the Scores ad "didn't meet the standards of the NFL."

We got a copy of the NFL ad guidelines and along with firearms, contraceptives and gambling-related ads -- companies featuring "nude or semi-nude performers" don't make the cut. 

The spot is totally PG, by strip joint standards, but CBS is playing it safe.

Warren Buffett I Never Bought an NFL Team Because ...

2/1/2016 6:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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He's reportedly worth more than $60 BILLION -- so why didn't Warren Buffett ever snatch up an NFL franchise?? 

The Berkshire Hathaway boss was out in D.C. over the weekend -- when TMZ Sports asked why he never went the same route as other billionaires like Seahawks owner Paul Allen

BTW, Buffett -- who currently lives in Omaha -- does have a history with the NFL ... he was a water boy for the Washington Redskins for two games  back during the Sammy Baugh era.

Bonus Financial Advice -- if you're rich and want to buy an NFL team, we asked Buffett if he thinks it's a good investment. Check out his answer ... 

Aaron Hernandez Prison Letter Praises Tom Brady ... Blasts Robert Kraft

2/1/2016 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0129-aaron-hernandez-doc-launch-01Aaron Hernandez raves about his ex-teammate Tom Brady in a new prison letter obtained by TMZ Sports ... but it's clear, he has nothing but disdain for his former Patriots boss Robert Kraft

We've verified Hernandez sent the note from the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center on Dec. 10th ... to a female pen pal he'd exchanged letters with in the past.

Aaron -- who's serving a life sentence for murder -- begins his letter on the attack, ripping the woman for criticizing him in her last correspondence ... and suggesting ways she should kill herself. 

"Tie a cinderblock to your ankles and jump in a deep body of water," Hernandez writes.

He then suggests, "Buy the most powerful firecracker in the world that's possible to buy, tie it to your face with duct tape, light it and wait for your head to explode."

Hernandez then changes subjects and goes off about his former team -- saying:

"I have a TV in my cell! And yes I still root for my squad and still love all the ones I loved.

The closest I was with was probably Brady and whom I love to death and always will and only hope the best for them. But was cool with Julez, Branch (I f**ked with and got mad love for) and 'the BEST TE ever to walk on a football field' Gronk!"

Hernandez moves from love to hate ... ripping into "fake ass non loyal Kraft who told me he loved me every time he seen me but obviously shows his word ain't sh*t." 

Hernandez says no matter what happens to him in prison, he'll continue to support his boys.

"I watch every game faithfully cheering them on and always will cuz I have love for so many of them!"

Marcedes Lewis Blake Bortles Will Be EPIC ... Just Give Him Time

1/30/2016 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Watch out NFL ... the Blake Bortles era is coming ... that's according to Blake's Jacksonville Jaguars teammate, Marcedes Lewis, who says the young QB could have a Brady-esque future.

Marcedes was out in L.A. when we asked him about Jags fans who aren't quite sold on Bortles yet ... despite the 35 freakin' TD passes Bortles put up in his second season.

Check out the clip -- Lewis clearly thinks Jackonville has found its QB of the future as long as the fan base can pull a Guns 'N Roses ... and have a little patience.

Alright ... there's your super public, veteran endorsement, kid ... don't blow it.

Seahawks' Kam Chancellor I Have Disgusting Iguana Hands From Freezing Playoff Game

1/29/2016 3:19 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor says his hands are GROSS thanks to playing in that freezing cold wild card game in Minnesota ... saying the frostbite turned his fingers into "iguana skin." 

Chancellor just posted video of the disgusting aftermath ... saying, "This what it looks like playing in negative 21-degree weather. Wind chill. Frostbite. Skin peeling. Iguana skin. Ewww."

He's referring to the Jan. 10 game against the Vikings -- temperature at kickoff was -6 with a windchill of -25.  

The Seahawks won the game ... but damn, that's gotta hurt. 

NFL's Shaun Phillips Cam Newton's Celebrating Part of Black Culture

1/28/2016 9:16 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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There's a reason Cam Newton celebrates the way he does -- black culture -- and there's not a damn thing wrong with  that ... so says ex-NFL Pro Bowler Shaun Phillips

The former SD Chargers defensive end says Cam is a "model citizen" and shouldn't be criticized for dabbin' it up after a good play. 

In fact, he compares Cam's celebration habits to Tom Brady -- who celebrates like a white guy (our words, not his). 

In the end, Phillips has a message for people like Brian Urlacher who have been critical of Cam -- if you wanna stop him from celebrating, stop him on the field. 

Cam Newton Dabbin' In the Club After Crushing Cardinals

1/25/2016 6:32 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0125-cam-newton-instagram-01Cam Newton still had so much energy left after beating up on the AZ Cardinals Sunday night -- the Panthers QB hit a North Carolina nightclub to celebrate ... and even did some dabbin' in the DJ booth. 

Newton went to Label nightclub in Charlotte -- where he partied with DJ Holiday and rap superstar Juvenile (who even performed, "Back That Ass Up!!").

By the way, bar staffers tell us Panthers defensive end Charles Johnson bought shots for EVERYONE IN THE CLUB. 

In fact, the DJ made an announcement during the party --"Charles Johnson wants to buy everyone shots! So go to the bar."

We're told in the end, Johnson paid for hundreds of shots!!!!

All in all, helluva night to be a Panthers fan. 

Michael Sam Cracks L.A. Rams Jokes Caitlyn Jenner Should Be the Coach!

1/25/2016 6:04 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Michael Sam got jokes!!! 

Check out this clip of the football player goofin' around about the Rams coming to L.A. -- he's got some ideas about a new name for the team ... and who should take over coaching duties. 

Sam was on his way into Bootsy Bellows -- when we talked about the team that drafted him back in 2014. 

After the jokes, Sam made it clear he still wants to play football -- and would LOVE a shot to prove himself in L.A. 

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