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

2/1/2016 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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
EXCLUSIVE

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
EXCLUSIVE

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
EXCLUSIVE

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. 

LeBron James NFL Tight End Scores Gig On New TV Show

1/25/2016 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0122-lebron-james-mercedes-lewis-TMZ-01LeBron James' Hollywood success is trickling down to the NFL -- 'cause a Pro Bowl tight end just booked a role on his new TV show ... TMZ Sports has learned.  

Jacksonville Jags star Marcedes Lewis confirms ... he just locked up a gig on "Now We're Talking" -- a scripted comedy about 2 washed up QBs who try to become broadcasters. 

The show is being produced by Warner Bros. in conjunction with LeBron's Uninterrupted sports-entertainment network for Verizon’s Go90 mobile-video service.

As for Marcedes' part -- he tells us he plays a pro football player who's taking broadcasting courses in the hopes of landing a gig ... and runs into a bunch of old football buddies trying to do the same. 

Lewis says Steelers WR Martavis Bryant will also be in the show ... but brags, "I got extra scenes!" 

The show is expected to debut in the spring. 

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NFL's Cameron Jordan I Got Myself a Sack Gift ... Worth $35k

1/24/2016 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Treat Yo'Self!!!!

New Orleans Saints defensive end Cameron Jordan decided to reward himself this year after racking up 10 sacks on the field ... and his gift to himself is pretty sick. 

Check out the $35,000 gold chain Jordan picked up from Avianne & Co. in NYC -- a 14 karat yellow gold chain that weighs in at 1 kilo!! 

We spoke with Joe Avianne who tells us, "Cameron wanted to buy himself a fat gold chain to celebrate his 10 sacks this season ... as soon as I showed him that piece he said he had to get it."

TREAT. YO. SELF!!!!! 

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Jon Jones Chandler's Going Through Growing Pains ... But He'll Be Okay

1/23/2016 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

UFC superstar Jon Jones says his NFL star brother Chandler Jones is doing well after a bizarre police incident last week ... saying he's just going through the "growing pains" of being a celebrity. 

Chandler -- a star defensive end for the New England Patriots -- was hospitalized after dropping to his knees outside the Foxborough PD station in a discombobulated state. He was not arrested.

However, big bro Jon says Chandler has been doing really well since the incident -- telling us, "[He's] a young guy who's had a lot thrown at him" ... including a "new level of fame and success."

Jon says Chandler is now "doing what he has to do to make things right."

"Chandler's in a good position man. I'm so happy for him." 

Chandler and the Patriots take on the Broncos on Sunday -- and Jon says he can't wait to cheer on his bro. 

Carolina Panthers HUGE WAFFLE HOUSE Breakfast ...

1/23/2016 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0121-cam-newton-gettyThe Arizona Cardinals could be in trouble ... 'cause the Carolina Panthers have EXTRA motivation to win on Sunday -- 150 LBS. of BACON & SAUSAGE -- courtesy of Waffle House. 

The Panthers have joked that their secret weapon is WH food. Now, one win away from the Super Bowl, Waffle House has plans in motion to hook up Cam and the guys with a HUGE breakfast ... should they be victorious. 

"We have reached out to the team and told them to name the place and time," a Waffle House spokesperson tells TMZ Sports. "We will be there ready to provide them with their much-needed Waffle House food." 

The menu? 100 to 150 pounds of bacon and sausage ... as well as all the waffles the team can eat!!

#BreakfastOf(possible)Champions

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Marshawn Lynch's Mom I Don't Think He'll Retire

1/22/2016 12:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0122-marshawn-lynch-getty-01Marshawn Lynch's mother tells TMZ Sports ... she believes her son still has gas left in the tank and will NOT retire ... not yet at least. 

We asked Delisa Lynch about the comments Seahawks G.M. John Schneider said about her son -- that he was under the impression Lynch would retire before next season. 

But Delisa -- aka Momma Lynch -- says, "I really believe we haven't seen the last of Beast Mode!!!"

She added, "My younger son [Davonte] will be coming out next year. I told [Marshawn] to wait for his brother."

FYI -- Davonte is a running back at New Mexico Highlands University ... and Momma Lynch's goal is to have BOTH of her sons playing in the NFL at the same time! 

Fingers crossed! 

Colts' Sio Moore Arrested for Reckless Driving

1/22/2016 9:27 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0122-sio-moore-gettyColts linebacker Sio Moore was arrested in Indianapolis last night ... after cops say he was burning rubber like a maniac on I-65.

The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Dept. says the 25-year-old was hitting speeds around 100 mph and weaving in and out of traffic in his Jeep.

He was issued a court summons at the scene -- and was NOT taken to jail. 

Kellen Winslow Jr. Launches NFL Comeback

1/21/2016 7:17 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0121-kellen-winslow-getty-01Former NFL tight end Kellen Winslow Jr. says he's ready to return to the league -- 3 years after he stepped away from the game. 

The 32-year-old ex-Pro Bowler has been focused on cycling since he left the league in 2013 -- and previously told TMZ Sports he was training like a maniac in the hopes of turning pro. 

But Winslow clearly misses the gridiron ... and tweeted, "I'm putting my life's work into this comeback. #LoveDaGame #NFL."

A rep for Winslow confirmed the comeback is in full swing. 

Good luck. 

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