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Matt Millen I'm Pumped for the Lions ... Matt Stafford's a Beast!

12/10/2016 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Matt Millen says all traces of his work in Detroit is "long gone" ... and he couldn't be more proud of how the Lions have bounced back into one of the best teams in the NFL.

Of course, Millen was the President and CEO of the Lions from 2001 to 2008 and posted a 31-84 record during his run with the team and took responsibility for the results.

Now that it's been 8 years since his ousting, Millen says there's ZERO hard feelings -- he's thrilled for the city of Detroit and incredibly impressed by QB Matt Stafford.

Since he was also a part of the infamous 2008 Lions team that went 0-16 (though he was let go in Week 4), we asked if he had advice for Browns fans on how to get through their toughest season ever.

Eddie George Ezekiel Elliott Is The Rookie Of The Year ... AND THE MVP

12/9/2016 1:47 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Eddie George says the white-hot Dallas Cowboys will sweep both the MVP and Rookie of The Year Awards ... with one player ... telling TMZ Sports Ezekiel Elliott should WIN THEM BOTH.

The Cowboys have multiple guys up for both Trophies (Dak could slide into either one as well) but when we got George out in NYC he made it clear ... Zeke deserves em both.

It's been done before ... NFL great Earl Campbell pulled the feat off back in 1978 ... and Eddie thinks Zeke is having a beastly enough season to get on that guy's level.

BTW -- George, a Heisman trophy winner, also gives us a little insight on what it's gonna be like for the dude who takes the award home.

Broncos' Brandon Marshall Reveals Vile Racist Hate Mail ... Slurs & Violent Threats

12/9/2016 10:24 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

1209-launch-brandon-marshall-gettyDenver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall just revealed two hateful letters he received at work -- littered with n-bombs and threats of violence.

Marshall famously took a knee during the National Anthem to start the NFL season -- and it pissed off some people. We're guessing that (and obvious racism) inspired some people to write disgusting hate-filled letters to him.

Marshall is obviously taking the high road -- and posted the following comment:

"The hatred by some against people of color is one of the reasons we are where we're at in the world today, and they wonder why we feel the way we do and take the stances that we take."

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John Elway RGIII Will Kill It On Sunday ... In Return to Browns

12/9/2016 8:32 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Remember, John Elway has forgotten more about football than you'll ever know ... and he thinks the game will be good to RGIII on Sunday -- saying the Browns QB will "do well" in his first start back.

Elway -- who won two Super Bowls as a player and built a SB winning team as a GM in Denver -- was out in L.A. when we asked how he thought RG3 would fare in his first game action since September.

Griffin threw for just 190 yards and an interception in his last start against Philly ... but John says things will be different this time.

STOP SCOFFING. He's John Elway and YOU'RE NOT (he's probably wrong, though).

Odell Beckham's Cousin Gunning for the WWE

12/8/2016 2:39 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Odell Beckham's cousin, Terron Beckham, says he pivoting from his NFL dream ... and trying to pursue a career in the WWE as a jacked up pro wrestler!!! 

Terron famously earned himself a tryout with the NY Jets earlier this year -- and although coaches were impressed, he didn't get a contract. 

Still, Beckham has been training like a maniac to pursue a career in pro sports -- and says he's recently been in contact with the WWE.

In fact, he joined the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (airs Thursday night on FS1) -- and talked about his possible wrestling name and finishing move!! 

Look out, AJ Styles ... Terron's comin'. 

Chris Pratt I'm Prayin' for Earl Thomas We'll Always Support You

12/8/2016 1:34 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Earl Thomas is getting some superhero support from one of his biggest fans ... Chris Pratt ... who tells TMZ Sports he's praying for the injured Seahawks safety to get well soon. 

Thomas broke his leg against the Panthers on Sunday -- and has been contemplating retirement ever since. 

Pratt says he'll support whatever decision Thomas makes -- and wants the superstar to know how much he appreciated watching him play.

Question is ... do the Hawks still have a shot at the Super Bowl without ET?

Pratt definitely has a strong opinion on that one.

Chris Harrison Hey, Dak & Ezekiel ... Wanna Be the Next 'Bachelors'?

12/8/2016 10:29 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

They're single. They're famous. They're rich.

And now, Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott are getting an unofficial invitation to be the next stars of "The Bachelor" ... courtesy of the show's host, Chris Harrison.

Hey, it worked for Jesse Palmer, right?

Julian Edelman First Pic with Baby Daughter 'Welcome to the Fam'

12/8/2016 8:49 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

1208-julian-edelman-baby-girl-wcw-INSTAGRAM-01File Under: Awwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!!!!

Here's New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman holding his brand new baby daughter Lily -- the first time he's gone public about the kid. 

"My biggest #wcw of all time," Edelman posted on Instagram ... "Happy to welcome a new squirrel to the tree, my baby girl lily #proud."

Lily was born on Nov. 30th. 

Edelman's baby mama -- Swedish model, Ella Rose -- had filed paternity docs back in July naming the NFL star as the dad. Now, he's essentially confirmed it ... so, all that's left is hashing out child support and custody arrangements.

We're told the two are on good terms but are NOT on romantic terms. They've sort of been friends with benefits for the past few years. 

Our sources say Julian is committed to co-parenting the kid and being a good dad.

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Johnny Manziel Lamar Jackson Will Win Heisman BUT DON'T GO TO CLEVELAND!

12/7/2016 6:03 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Johnny Manziel is convinced Lamar Jackson will win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday -- but when we asked if he should take his career to Cleveland ... Johnny turned into Dikembe Mutombo!  

The ex-NFL quarterback is back in L.A. after celebrating his 24th bday in Miami this week -- and hit up Catch (the hottest restaurant in town) with a few friends. 

We talked about Cam Newton and Lamar ... but when the topic turned to Cleveland, it's clear Manziel wants Lamar to steer clear of the Browns. 

The last time we talked Cleveland with Manziel, seemed he was on better terms ... saying he wishes them all the best but knows he'll never play there again. 

Tony Gonzalez Cam Thought He Was Bigger Than The Team ... Just Follow The Rules, Dude

12/6/2016 4:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Tony Gonzalez isn't buying Cam Newton's missing shirt excuse ... telling TMZ Sports Newton's tie-less controversy had less to do with wardrobe and more do with plain old entitlement.

We got Gonzalez out at LAX and asked him what he thought of TieGate ... Cam Newton being benched for the start of last week's game for not abiding by team wardrobe rules.

Newton said it was a simple mix-up -- he didn't pack another shirt -- but it's clear Gonzalez thinks it's deeper than that ... saying Newton was trying to put one over on his team and organization.

Rashaan Salaam Heisman Winner Dead at 42 Body Discovered In Park

12/6/2016 12:26 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

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update_graphic_red_bar3:17 PM PT -- Cops now suspect Salaam's death was suicide and say a note has been recovered at the scene. 

Officials have still not released the cause of death. 

update-grey-gray-barEx-Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam -- a superstar running back for the Colorado Buffaloes -- has died at age 42 ... his family confirmed. 

Officials tell TMZ Sports ... Salaam's body was discovered in a parking lot at Eben G. Fine Park in Boulder, Colorado late Monday night. 

We're told there were no obvious signs of foul play. An autopsy is scheduled to be performed. 

Salaam won the Heisman in 1994 -- beating out guys like Steve McNair, Warren Sapp and Kerry Collins. 

He was later drafted by the Bears in the 1st round of the 1995 Draft but only spent a few seasons in the NFL. 

Salaam went on to run an organization dedicated to helping underprivileged kids. 

Salaam's death was first reported by Adam Schefter.

Derek Carr & Latavius Murray Treat Raiders Linemen to Epic Warriors Game

12/6/2016 7:04 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

1206-raiders-group-shot-golden-state-warriors-TWITTER-01The Oakland Raiders offensive line got a celebratory night out courtesy of their QB and RB -- with Derek Carr and Latavius Murray springin' for tickets to Monday night's Warriors game! 

And talk about timing ... the game turned out to be insane -- with Klay Thompson dropping 60 points in 3 quarters. 

Of course, the guys made sure to get a pic with Klay after the game.

Kevin Durant's mom, Wanda, was also at the game -- and got her pic with Derek Carr ... the "Real MVP" meeting the next NFL MVP???

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Victor Cruz to NFL: LET THE PLAYERS CELEBRATE ... It's What the Fans Want!

12/6/2016 6:39 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Enough with the flags ... if NFL players wanna celebrate with props, LET 'EM CELEBRATE ... so says NY Giants wide out Victor Cruz

With the NFL is cracking down on celebrations this year, Cruz says fans just want to see more FUN on the field (he's right) ... and letting players go all Ochocinco would be a huge step in the right direction! 

By the way, Cruz also told us how he's preparing for the big matchup with the Cowboys this weekend ... plus, his thoughts on the whole Thursday Night Football debate. 

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