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Michael Vick

DROPS BLUE STEEL

... After Dropping Steelers

11/11/2014 6:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

11114_michael_vick_launchThe NY Jets felt SOOO GOOD after beating up on the Steelers on Sunday ... the team hit the catwalk 24 hours later, busting out their best Zoolander impersonations for a NY fashion show.

Mike Vick -- along with guys like Nick Mangold, Eric Decker, Calvin Pace, Quinton Coples and more -- strutted his stuff Monday night at the Taste of the Jets charity event at the World Trade Center.

The event raised money for Food Bank for New York City to fight hunger -- and the guys took their modeling jobs pretty seriously ... at least judging by the way they dominated the runway.

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Dean Cain

Cowboys Will Win the Super Bowl

... Here's Why

11/11/2014 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Did you know ... Dean Cain is super good friends with Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett?

Like total BFFs

So, when Dean told us he's picking the 'Boys to win the Super Bowl -- is he using his head ... or his heart??? 

Watch the clip -- you decide.

Mike Vrabel

Cops Looking for Couple

in Super Bowl Ring Theft

11/10/2014 3:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1110_mike_vrabel_gettyFormer New England Patriot Mike Vrabel could be one step closer to recovering his stolen Super Bowl rings ... because cops finally have a couple suspects.

Vrabel -- who is currently a linebackers coach with the Houston Texans -- tweeted over the weekend that someone broke in his backdoor and stole the rings.

Police in Bellaire, Texas believe the break-in is part of a string of recent break-ins in Vrabel's 'hood. The cops believe the crimes were committed by a black male and black female.

According to police ... they believe the woman waits in a newer model Chrysler 300 down the block while the guy rings the doorbell of the targeted home. If nobody answers ... they go around back and break into the home.

Local pawn shops have been put on alert to keep an eye out for the rings.

Investigators say the video below shows the alleged suspects leaving a ransacked house (not Vrabel's) last week.

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Terry Bradshaw

'I Wouldn't Have Had Bieber

at Steelers Prayer Service'

11/10/2014 12:04 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1110_justin-bieber-terry-bradshaw_gettyNFL legend Terry Bradshaw tells TMZ Sports he doesn't believe Justin Bieber jinxed the Pittsburgh Steelers ... but he does have an issue with JB at the team prayer service the night before the game.

As you know ... the Steelers lost to the lowly NY Jets this weekend -- and a lot of people are blaming the "Justin Bieber Curse" since he joined the team for a pregame prayer ceremony Saturday night.

1110_Bieber-and-Steeler-Cam-Heyward_twitter_SUB"It's automatically assumed he's a jinx," Bradshaw says. "That's ridiculous."

But it's what Bradshaw said next that was interesting ... "Would Bieber be a disruption? Well, I wouldn't have had him there."

"The only time I recall the Steelers teams I played on letting outsiders worship with us was at the Super Bowl ... and it was with our families because they traveled with us."

Bradshaw says he takes his bible study very seriously -- and believes the purpose of a private prayer ceremony for NFL teams is to keep the focus on god.

So, when a huge megastar like Bieber walks in the room ... "Your focus isn't where it should be."

"If [Bieber] had been a part of the team from the beginning, fine ... but a one-timer, no."

Ex-Super Bowl Champ

FIRED

Over College Body Slam Video

11/10/2014 10:48 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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A former NFL star -- and Super Bowl champ -- has been FIRED from his job as a college football coach after BODY SLAMMING another man in the gym at Bowie State University ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

We broke the story ... BSU officials were investigating an October 30th incident involving former New Orleans Saints defensive end Charles Grant ... who was a volunteer linebackers coach at the school. Grant, 6'3" and 285 lbs, won a Super Bowl with the Saints in 2009. 

Sources tell us the victim is a student-athlete at the University -- though officials will not confirm his identity. 

We also know the incident is now a police matter -- with Bowie State University police conducting an investigation. 

We spoke to a rep for the PD who tells us, "We've talked to the victim. We've interviewed witnesses. We have had several conversations with Mr. Grant over the phone, but nothing formal."

So far, no criminal charges have been filed against Grant. 

Multiple attempts to reach Grant for comment have been unsuccessful.

49ers Star Ray McDonald

No Charges Filed

In Domestic Violence Case

11/10/2014 10:12 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

Ray McDonald Domestic ViolenceSan Francisco 49ers defensive end Ray McDonald will not be charged with a crime for allegedly beating up his pregnant fiancee ... after cops say the victim refused to cooperate. 

McDonald was originally arrested on August 31st on suspicion of felony domestic abuse after an incident at the NFL star's San Jose home. 

According to the police report, the victim had "visible injuries" ... and an unidentified person who called 911 told authorities McDonald was "hitting her" and "trying to pull her out of the house."

But apparently, the Santa Clara District Attorney felt there was not enough evidence to convict McDonald -- and today announced no charges will be filed against the 30-year-old. 

"Conflicting versions of the event, a lack of verifiable eyewitnesses and a significant lack of cooperation from Jane Doe, we cannot prove a crime occurred," a spokesperson for the Santa Clara D.A.'s office said. 

"In this particular case, there were particular pieces of information missing ... We really don't know what happened between the two parties."

McDonald did not miss a single game this season following the arrest.

Ex-NFL Star Orlando Thomas

Dead at 42

After Battle with A.L.S.

11/10/2014 7:47 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1110-orlando-thomas-getty-01Former Minnesota Vikings star Orlando Thomas -- one of the best defensive backs in the league back in the '90s -- has died after battling ALS. 

The 42-year-old -- who led the NFL in interceptions in 1995 -- revealed he was battling the disease in 2007 ... 3 years after he first began exhibiting symptoms. 

Thomas was a stud in the NFL -- he was a 2nd round pick in the '95 Draft and was a key player on the 1998 Vikings team that went 15-1 and went all the way to the NFC championship. He retired in 2001. 

Orlando's agent Mark Bartelstein issued a statement saying ... "Nobody's ever fought a battle like Orlando fought, with so much dignity -- I never saw anything like it. It's just incredible."

Bartelstein added, "He never had a sense of self pity, never felt sorry for himself, he was always worried about everyone else. He was just the most incredible person I've ever been around."

Adrian Peterson

I'm a Super Dad

11/9/2014 7:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

1109-adrian-peterson-daughter-donuts-TWITTER-01Adrian Peterson wants everyone to know he's a super dad ... so he dropped a picture of himself online Saturday that can be summed up with one word -- REALLY?!

Peterson tweeted a pic behind a cardboard cutout of "Super Dad" ... with his head in the empty hole -- alongside his young daughter.

The caption read, "My beautiful daughter A'deja. Dad's & Donuts Day. #LOVE "

Now we know it's a nice gesture ... but with his history of child abuse -- see here and here -- is it really a wise decision to tout yourself as "Super Dad" online?!

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Dez Bryant

Check Out My $61K Watch

... It's Got 300 Diamonds!!

11/8/2014 12:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

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It ain't bad being Dez Bryant ... 'cause the Dallas Cowboys superstar just got a SWAGGED out luxury watch worth $61k ... and it was FREE!!

Here's what we know ... Bryant is now a brand-ambassador for Hublot -- and the CEO of the company is so pumped about their partnership, he met up with Dez in London to personally gift him with one of the sickest watches they make.

It's called the "Hublot Big Bang Unico King Gold Pave" -- made with 18 karat King gold (gold blended with platinum and copper) and encrusted with more than 300 DIAMONDS!!

The timing's fitting ... as we previously reported, Dez signed with Roc Nation Sports earlier this week ... and Hublot is super popular with celebs like Jay-Z.

And the winner is Dez. 

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Ex-NFL Player James Hardy

Committed to Mental Facility

... After Cop Attack Arrest

11/8/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Ex-NFL player James Hardy III -- a 2nd round draft pick in 2008 -- has been committed to a state mental institution ... 6 months after he was arrested for attacking 3 cops ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

We broke the story ... Hardy was taken into custody on May 4th at an L.A. apartment complex after an alleged violent meltdown. We're told it took several officers to subdue the 6'6", 225-pound athlete.

Now, we're told a judge has ruled that Hardy is not mentally competent to stand trial in the case -- and has ordered the 28-year-old to be committed to a state hospital.

According to court documents, the hospital has the authority to administer "involuntary antipsychotic medication" to Hardy as needed. 

Hardy still faces a felony resisting arrest charge for the incident. According to court documents, he'll face trial for that charge when doctors say he's ready.

Rapper Joell Ortiz

BRING JOHNNY MANZIEL TO THE JETS

11/8/2014 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

110514_joell_ortiz_launch_v2 Rapper Joell Ortiz -- 1/4th of the supergroup Slaughterhouse -- says he has a plan to SAVE the NY Jets ... and it centers around Johnny Manziel

The Brooklyn rapper -- who signed with Eminem's Shady Records -- was out in NYC last night and had a message for Jets Nation ... DON'T GIVE UP HOPE!!

Take a listen to Joell's plan ... it could be his audition to be the next NY Jets G.M.

The Boz

The NFL Messed Up My Head

... Medically Speaking

11/7/2014 2:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Brian Bosworth himself now says he's a headcase -- the ex-linebacker is going after the NFL for turning his brain to mush ... claiming the league knowingly lied about the dangers of concussions during his 3 seasons.

Brian -- infamously known as "The Boz" during his playing days -- says he suffered multiple concussions that were improperly diagnosed while he played for the Seattle Seahawks in the late 1980s. So he's now filed a lawsuit against the NFL and helmet-maker Riddell.

In the suit, Boz blasts the NFL for concealing the truth about head injuries and the after effects. He's also pissed at the NFL for "glorifying violent plays" with NFL Films projects such as ... "Moment of Impact" and the "Crunch Course" series.

1107-brian-bosworth-SUB-Getty-01According to the docs, experts have criticized Riddell for making crappy helmets that inadequately protect players. Boz even says they have a design defect.

He adds that he's currently suffering severe headaches and memory loss.

Bosworth's suit is almost a word-for-word copy of the class action lawsuit thousands of ex-NFL players brought against the league ... which was settled in July.  

Bosworth was NOT part of that case.

Ex-NFL Star Willis McGahee

HUUUGE CRUSH

... On WNBA Star

11/7/2014 9:03 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

110714_willis_mcgahee_launchWillis McGahee's a man who knows what he likes ... and he REALLLYY likes WNBA star Maya Moore.

The former NFL running back was hosting a charity event at Couture nightclub in Hollywood Thursday night when he told us he's got a big crush on the 25-year-old basketball phenom.

By the way, he's not the only huge sports star infatuated with Moore -- DeMarcus Cousins had a thing for her back in the day ... but Maya shot him down.

Willis hopes he stands a better chance ... even delivering a personal message for her.

Good luck.
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