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Herschel Walker

Sorry Madden Curse ...

Odell Beckham Jr. Is Gonna Own You

8/29/2015 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

How good is Odell Beckham Jr.? So good that NFL legend Herschel Walker thinks he can defeat one of the most powerful forces in the history of sports ... the dreaded "Madden Curse."

Walker -- who is kicking the hell out of father time we must say -- was out in NY when we asked if Odell's 2015 season was in jeopardy ... since he's the coverboy for Madden '16.

If you didn't know ... some believe gracing the cover of Madden comes with seriously bad juju ... with athletes like Shaun Alexander, Daunte Culpepper, and Donovan McNabb suffering tragic injuries the same year they did it.

Check out the clip -- Herschel's heard of the curse but he basically thinks nothing ... not even supernatural forces ... can stop the force of nature that is Odell Beckham Jr.

We also ask Herschel if he's serious about making a comeback to the NFL at age 53 ... here's the thing ... he didn't say no.

Jerry Rice

Adrian Peterson's Still a Beast

... Make Him Your #1 Pick

8/28/2015 7:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The NFL may be a passing league, but when it comes to fantasy ... the greatest wide receiver of all time says your #1 pick should still be a RUNNING BACK. 

We got Jerry Rice out in NYC Thursday -- and he told us Adrian Peterson is the key to a fantasy championship.  

Interesting pick, considering A.P. has crossed the dreaded 30-year-old barrier AND he didn't play a single snap last season. 

But if Jerry believes in him ...  

NY Jets' Nick Mangold

Pro Bowl Citizen ...

Helps Take Down Car Burglary Ring

8/28/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0826_Nick-Mangold_gettyNY Jets stud Nick Mangold is an All-Pro level crime stopper after playing a crucial part in cops busting a roving pack of teenagers, turned alleged car burglars.  

Here's how it went down ... cops say Nick was awakened early Sunday morning at his Chatham, NJ home when his car alarm started blaring. Nick ran to his garage and found the door was open ... so he immediately dialed 911.

Cops rushed to the 'hood and tracked down 5 suspects, just one mile from Mangold's crib. An 18 and a 19-year-old were arrested, along with 3 juveniles -- and the J-E-T-S center might have hit the jackpot with that phone call.

We're told there's been a string of more than 40 car burglaries in the area recently!

So far the suspects have each been charged with 5 counts of burglary, 3 counts of theft and one count of conspiracy to commit a crime.

Michael Vick

Hopes to Sign with Steelers

By 'End of Day'

8/25/2015 7:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

0825-mike-vick-getty-01Things are moving pretty quickly between Michael Vick and the Pittsburgh Steelers ... with sources close to Vick telling TMZ Sports the QB hopes both sides can reach a deal by "the end of the day."

Our Vick sources tell us ... the QB had received "multiple offers" from NFL teams, including the Steelers -- but he really liked what Pittsburgh is bringing to the table. 

Vick flew out to the Steel City this morning to meet with the team. 

Stay tuned ... 

NFL's Dan Snyder

BILLION DOLLAR WOBBLE

Watch Me Get Down with RG3

8/20/2015 6:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Wanna see a billionaire NFL owner get downright FUNKY to a hip-hop song??? Great, us too. 

Here's Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder feelin' the beat to "Wobble Baby" during a charity event last year at Lucky Strike bowling alley in Washington D.C. 

Snyder was gettin' ready to bowl (in the same lane as RG3) when the beat took over his body -- you can see the slow build ... which culminates in Snyder throwin' his hands in the air, and wavin' 'em around like he just don't care. 

Get it. 

Carl Bernstein

Sorry, Tom Brady ...

You're Not 'Gate' Worthy

8/19/2015 10:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Tom Brady is getting chopped down to size by famed 'Watergate' journalist Carl Bernstein ... who says the Patriots QB can't hold a candle to Richard Nixon.

We got Bernstein in D.C., and asked what he thought about Brady's latest battle with the NFL -- y'know .. that whole deflategate mess. It's clear, CB is ticked about 'Gate' getting tacked on to something as ridiculous as this -- "Tom Brady is not comparable to Watergate."  

Watch, it sounds like Carl's actually fed up with all the "Gate" talk in general. As he says ... it's "apples and oranges."

Carl might have a point -- imagine if Nixon's goons had broken into a Courtyard by Marriott.

Deflate-yard ... not so catchy.

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Dez Bryant

CRACKED in the Face

In Cowboys-Rams Brawl

8/18/2015 8:53 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Dallas Cowboys and St. Louis Rams players are already in playoff form -- squaring off in a sidelines-clearing brawl that included Dez Bryant taking what he calls a "cheap shot" to the face.

Mind you ... this insanity went down during a joint practice in Oxnard, CA. As the right reverend A.I. would say -- it wasn't a game, not even a preseason game ... simply practice.

In the video, it's hard to tell who or what started the chaos -- and not sure it matters much. Almost all the players were forced to throw down at some point. 

For his part, Cowboys superstar Bryant was chatting up Jerry Jones on the sidelines when the fight broke out -- and witnesses say he ran to the action ... only to get smashed by cornerback Imoan Claiborne.

The Cowboys and Rams don't play each other in the regular season, sooo ... the playoffs could be very interesting. 

Giants Co-Owner

We're Not Blowing Hard-Earned Cash

... On Cheerleader Bling

8/18/2015 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Steve Tisch has seen the Patriots cheerleaders dripping in brand new Super Bowl diamonds, and he's not impressed ... at least not financially speaking.

The co-owner of the G-Men was doing lunch at Il Pastaio in L.A. ... where we keyed him in on the pics TMZ Sports posted of the rival Pats and their cheer squad continuing to celebrate SB XLIX.

Of course, the Giants are one of 6 NFL teams that do NOT have cheerleaders -- and when you see this vid of Tisch's reaction to the new Patriots bling ... you'll understand why that's not necessarily a bad thing. 

Important note: the following mathematical theory only applies to teams with a penchant for winning Super Bowls ... like the Giants and the Patriots.

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Darrelle Revis

No More Fists

In Jets Locker Room

8/18/2015 7:52 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Video

Darrelle Revis is giving the "ALL CLEAR" on fights between Jets players ... one week after his QB Geno Smith got sucker punched by backup linebacker IK Enemkpali.

We stepped onto Revis Island -- on the island of Manhattan -- after he made a coffee run, and asked if the dust had settled in Gang Green's locker room.

DR did his best to calm the nerves of Jets fans everywhere, but he had less luck calming down a persistent autograph seeker.

Watch the clip ... now Revis knows how NFL receivers feel lining up against him.

Steve Tisch

Fireworks Are Not Off-Limits ...

After JPP's Accident

8/14/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Giants owner Steve Tisch is putting a ton of trust in his players, because he says the team will NOT ban them from using fireworks ... despite Jason Pierre-Paul's gruesome injury.

Tisch was out in Bev Hills when we asked him if they've considered adding fireworks to the list of high risk activities they don't want players doing in the off-season.

Remember, Tisch's star DE mangled his right hand in a 4th of July accident -- and so did Tampa Bay Bucs player C.J. Wilson, whose injuries were so bad he had to retire at 25.

So, we were kinda shocked by Tisch's response to our question. Check out the clip ... he explained why he thinks his G-Men can police themselves. 

Fair to say, Steve's keeping the faith.

Rex Ryan

Hell Yeah, I'll ...

Sign the Geno Smith Puncher

8/12/2015 1:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

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Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan just snatched up the ex-Jets linebacker who busted Geno Smith's jaw ... just 24 hours after he got cut.

Kinda makes sense ... Rex drafted IK Enemkpali 2 years ago while still coaching the Jets, so he clearly thinks the guy has potential. Not to mention, when the Bills play the Jets ... Rex knows he's got a guy with a penchant for hitting their QB.

If IK makes the Bills roster ... the drama will start playing out in early November when the teams meet for the first time. Geno is expected to be off the injured list by then ... so stay tuned.

As they say -- the enemy of my enemy is my best friend. 

Tom Brady

Is Hideous

8/12/2015 11:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0812_tom_brady-court_sketch_twitterThis is Tom Brady sitting in a Manhattan Federal Court ... trying to get his 4 game NFL imposed suspension overturned.

The artist must be a Jets fan ... 

Jets Geno Smith

Punched Out in Locker Room Fight

... Out 6-8 Weeks

8/11/2015 10:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0811-subasset-geno-smith-instagramJets QB Geno Smith got punched in the face so hard by a teammate ... he broke his jaw, and will miss several weeks of the season. 

The player who busted Geno's jaw is 2nd year linebacker Ikemefuna Enemkpali -- and the Jets have already cut his ass over the locker room fight.

0811_Ik-Enemkpali_sub_gettyJets officials say Geno will be out for 6-10 weeks healing his jaw. 

Enemkpali was basically a bench jockey. The  6'1" 260 lbs backup linebacker had a grand total of 3 tackles last season ... so, it's not like he'll be missed. 

Smith, on the other hand, was in competition for the starting job. He posted a pic -- his face doesn't look all that swollen -- and promised "I'll be back."

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