Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor tells TMZ Sports ... he's been training like a maniac this off-season -- waking up at 5AM every day in pursuit of a starting QB job in the NFL.
Pryor was in Downtown L.A. yesterday when we just happened the 6'6" football star -- and asked him about rumors he could be shipped out of Oakland.
"I can't really worry about the things I can't control," Terrelle said.
Still, the guy told us about his grueling training regimen -- busting his ass with legendary trainer Travelle Gaines and working out at USC ... where Tim Tebow's been spotted recently.
One more thing ... Pryor was a high school basketball stud -- and tells TMZ Sports he still hoops around with one of his celebrity friends.
Check out the clip.
Eagles' Malcolm Jenkins
Yo Philly, Please Buy My Bow Ties ...
I Owe My Wife a Car!
3/18/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Philadelphia Eagles made a huge upgrade this off-season in the fashion department -- their new safety Malcolm Jenkins has plans to dominate the rough and tumble world of bow ties.
The ex-Saints star tells TMZ Sports he's not abandoning the Rock Avenue Bow Ties biz he started last year in New Orleans -- and instead plans to expand in his new hometown.
Jenkins says, "I'm gonna go around the city and see about getting the bow ties into retail stores."
Jenkins started rocking the Pee Wee Herman look back in 2010 -- his 2nd NFL season -- and says he decided to launch his own company when he couldn't find enough variety in stores.
Malcolm joked he really needs a sales spike in Philly to pay off a lost bet with his wife -- ""I owe her a G Wagon."
Something tells us his 3-year, $16.5 million Eagles contract will take care of that.
Still, MJ's company got a nice boost last week when his ex-teammate Roman Harper wore a Rock Avenue t-shirt ... while getting baptized!
C'mon, Philly -- if it's good enough for Jesus ...
Cecil 'The Diesel' Collins
Ex-LSU Star Dodges Return to Prison
3/17/2014 4:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Former LSU football legend Cecil "the Diesel" Collins just scored a huge victory in court -- the man who once racked up 3,079 yards in a single high school season ... is not going back to prison on a probation violation ... TMZ Sports has learned.
Collins already served 13 and a half years behind bars in Florida for committing a super creepy Miami burglary back in 1999 -- cutting short a promising career with the Miami Dolphins in the process.
Collins admitted breaking into a woman's apartment, but here's the super creepy part ... he said he only did it to watch her sleep.
At the time of the Miami incident ... Collins was already on probation for committing 2 similar crimes in Louisiana -- he was accused of breaking into homes and fondling 2 women -- so prosecutors there wanted to nail him with up to 5 years in prison for violating probation.
Today a Baton Rouge judge let Collins off with 3 years probation and said he could move back to Florida. He will have to undergo random drug testing and check in regularly with a parole officer.
Sweet dreams, South Florida.
Atlanta Falcons Player
I'm Done Knocking Up My Reality Star Wife
3/17/2014 1:24 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Atlanta Falcons lineman Kroy Biermann might not be ready to retire yet ... but his balls are -- 'cause the defensive end tells TMZ Sports his baby makin' days are officially over.
Kroy and his reality superstar wife Kim Zolciak were leaving LaGuardia Airport in NY this weekend without their 4-month old twins ... the 5th and 6th kids in the Biermann family.
Of course, we had to ask if the couple was planning on poppin' out a lucky #7 ... but Kroy made it crystal clear six is plenty enough.
Ya gotta watch the clip -- while Kim plays the shy card, Kroy says the couple is taking "permanent" steps to prevent another bun in the oven ... but it's unclear if it means Kim's going to tie her tubes or if Kroy's going the vasectomy route.
M.I.A. to NFL
My Middle Finger Was Tame
Compared to Prince's Penis Guitar
3/17/2014 10:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
M.I.A. says the NFL is overreacting big time in their legal war over the middle finger she flipped during the 2012 Super Bowl Halftime show ... and the proof is in Prince's giant penis guitar.
M.I.A. just filed new legal docs saying the NFL's demand for $16.6 MILLION in restitution and damages over the rapper's live 1-bird salute is completely baseless -- since the league already has a reputation for airing risque halftime performances.
Her proof -- M.I.A. says the reputation was built by Super Bowl legends like Michael Jackson who "repeatedly grabbed or fondled his genitalia" during his famous 1993 performance.
M.I.A. says the "genitalia adjustments" were a well-known part of his act at the time and the NFL reveled in the edginess.
There's more ... M.I.A. also points to Prince -- who, in 2007, stroked his guitar like it was "an erect oversized phallus" in what some people consider the gold standard of Super Bowl Halftime shows.
M.I.A. says the NFL knew Prince was planning to get all strokey before the show ... and green-lit the performance anyway.
M.I.A.'s ultimate point is that there is no harm in airing a middle finger -- it won't damage the league or prevent sponsors from paying top dollar for commercial spots.
So far, no comment from Prince or his giant penis guitar.
I Love that Mike Evans Signed With Cash Money
3/17/2014 10:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ricky Williams tells TMZ Sports ... he thinks it's "amazing" that Texas A&M star Mike Evans signed with Cash Money Sports ... saying, "It's unfortunate it took 15 years for athletes signing with rappers to take off."
Of course, Ricky was the first big sports star to sign with a rap mogul back in 1999 -- when he signed with No Limit Sports ... headed by Master P.
Ricky -- and No Limit Sports -- came under some serious fire over the contract since it was light on guaranteed money and extremely heavy on incentives ... many of which required record-setting performances to unlock.
Widespread public scrutiny of the contract led to the ultimate demise of No Limit Sports ... and cast a bad shadow over rappers who were trying to branch out into the sports world.
But Ricky tells TMZ Sports ... he thought the contract was PERFECT -- saying, "My contract was a great contract. I wanted to EARN my money."
"It's a misconception that P came up with the terms ... it was my idea."
Ricky says P did not negotiate the contract personally either, he had an agent who negotiated the deal based on the terms Ricky wanted.
Still, Ricky is optimistic about the role of hip hop moguls in sports -- saying, "Cash Money has changed the way the hip hop business has been done and they can do the same for athletes."
Williams says he doesn't see people like Birdman and Jay Z (who runs the Roc Nation Sports agency) as rappers ... "I see them as businessmen."
"They can teach the athletes how to get more out of their careers than just athletic achievement."
I Would've DESTROYED Richard Sherman
3/17/2014 9:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Richard Sherman would've had "no chance" of stopping T.J. Houshmandzadeh when the receiver was in his prime ... so says T.J. himself.
The former Cincinnati Bengals receiver was outside Greystone this weekend when we asked if he thought Sherman could've shut him down ... like he shut down Michael Crabtree in the NFL playoffs.
But T.J. says his route-running abilities were just too strong for Sherman -- who T.J. also PRAISES as a helluva football player.
Watch the clip -- you can tell T.J. respects Sherman ... but still dishes out some quality smacktalk.
FREAKS OUT During Earthquake
3/17/2014 8:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Terrell Owens just experienced his first L.A. earthquake ... and he's handling it just like we thought he would -- crying.
Moments after a 4.4 shaker rolled through Westwood early Monday morning, T.O. went right to Twitter ... saying, "I'm scared!! Can I get someone to come cuddle with me?! I'm from Alabama, we don't get stuff like this! #earthquake."
T.O. wasn't the first athlete to go through the L.A. rite of passage this morning -- Grant Hill also joined the club ... tweeting, "Just felt my first earthquake tremor in LA... Scary!!!"
But the best reaction had to go to L.A. native Baron Davis -- who wrote, "Hopefully this earthquake will convince a lot people living here,, 2 move back to where they live before... Cutdown traffic #justsaying."
Colts Owner ARRESTED
for Driving Under the Influence
3/17/2014 5:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
7:51 AM PT -- Cops say Irsay had "multiple prescription drugs" in various pill bottles at the time of the arrest.
Cops also say Irsay was initially stopped just before midnight on Sunday after an officer noticed him driving really slow and failing to signal before making a turn.
After he was pulled over, Irsay failed several field sobriety tests and was eventually arrested for OWI.
Cops say the prescription pills found in Irsay's car did not match up with the prescription bottles.
He was ultimately popped for 4 felony counts of possession of a controlled substance.
Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay was ARRESTED early Monday morning in Indiana for operating a vehicle while intoxicated ... this according to officials.
54-year-old Irsay was booked at 3:07 AM. He was also arrested for possession of a controlled substance ... though so far, it's unclear what that substance was.
Irsay was hauled to a jail in Hamilton County, Indiana. Jim's total bond was set at $22,500, according to the official jail website.
FYI -- The Colts have been in Jim's family for decades. Irsay's father purchased the Colts when Jim was 12 years old.
Story developing ...
I Reached Out To Jameis Winston
During Sexual Assault Case
3/17/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exonerated football star Brian Banks tells TMZ Sports he's now focused on becoming a life coach -- and last year contacted Jameis Winston to offer advice and encouragement when the FSU star was at the center of a sexual assault investigation.
Banks -- who spent 5 years behind bars for a rape he didn't commit -- wouldn't tell us what he and Winston talked about ... saying they made a pact to never discuss it. He also says privacy is the number one rule of life coach training.
Banks himself was a standout high school football player when he was accused of rape by a classmate. He was convicted and went to prison ... but his accuser later admitted she had lied and the conviction was overturned.
After his release from prison, Brian had a brief fling last year with the Atlanta Falcons ... but he says he's done with football for now. He wants to concentrate on life coaching and other projects -- including an upcoming movie about his life.
Winston seems to have been moved by Banks' story ... he recently posted one of Banks' speeches on his Twitter account.
I'm Ready for My Jets Comeback
... If Jets Want Me Back
3/16/2014 9:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
NY Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez says he's ready for battle -- telling TMZ Sports his shoulder feels great and he's focused on winning back his starting job ... if management keeps him around.
Sanchez was leaving a friend's birthday party at Katsuya in Hollywood this weekend when we asked him about the torn labrum in his throwing shoulder that ended his 2013 season.
"Shoulder feels great, already throwing and I'll be ready to go here soon," Sanchez says.
When asked how he would feel about leaving NYC to come play for a West Coast team, the former USC superstar smiled at the idea but says he's committed to NY ... at least for now.
"I do love the West Coast, but I'm a Jet for 2 more years at least on my contract," Mark said ... "I love being there. I love New York. I've had a ball there."
Sanchez says he felt like things were going great before the injury -- and believed he was solidifying his spot as the starter over Geno Smith -- but the injury screwed everything up.
As for his future, Sanchez seems to be realistic about the situation -- "I know management has some decisions to make in the next few days ... so we'll see what happens."
He adds, "Whatever happens, it'll be great."
First Pic With Cash Money Sports Crew
3/16/2014 9:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Here it is ... the first photo of Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans with his new agents -- Birdman and Slim from Cash Money Sports ... and they mean BUSINESS.
TMZ Sports broke the story ... Evans -- considered one of the best players in the upcoming NFL Draft -- is the very first athlete to sign with the new sports agency, headed by some of the most powerful guys in the rap game.
CMS is now establishing itself as a very real competitor in the sports agency world -- no word on who they're targeting next ... but it's very likely Johnny Manziel is in the crosshairs.
Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman
Good Riddance, Aaron Paul
... Go Be a Raiders Fan!
3/16/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman has some advice for "Breaking Bad" star Aaron Paul -- now that you're off the Denver bandwagon ... go be a Raiders fan!
We spoke to Hillman to find out how he felt about Paul pulling a George Clooney on the Broncos -- ending his Super Bowl love affair with the team and ignoring them completely.
But the second year running back isn't crying into his Haagan-Daaz ... telling us, "To each his own, I’ll probably go see 'Need For Speed' anyway."
Then came the shot -- "But if he don’t like us, he can always go be a Raiders fan."