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Mike Vick

I'm Flying Out My Family

... For 1st Steelers Start

10/1/2015 12:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1001_mike_vick_gettyBig night for Michael Vick ... starting his first game as the Steelers QB ... and he's so pumped, Mike's flying his family to Pittsburgh so they can be there to support him.

A rep for Vick tells TMZ Sports ... he's putting his immediate family on a plane and flying them to Pittsburgh so they can watch #2 and the Steelers take on the Baltimore Ravens at Heinz Field tonight. 

Vick took over for Ben Roethlisberger who went down with a knee injury last week. 

IRS to Dez Bryant

You Dropped the Ball In '13


10/1/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0930-dez-bryant-tmz-01update_graphic_red_bar3:23 PM PT -- Bryant's rep tells us ... Dez was notified about the lien in June 2015 and cut a check to the IRS on July 1, 2015 to clear it up.

Bryant's rep insists the lRS released the lien on September 16th, meaning Bryant is now officially off the hook. 

9:56 AM PT -- Bryant's rep, Ron Berkowitz, tells TMZ Sports the Cowboys receiver has handled the situation ... saying, "Clearly, this was an oversight. Once it was brought to Dez's attention, he paid it in full."update_grey_gray_barSeems Dez Bryant threw up the X to Uncle Sam back in 2013 ... failing to pay roughly $80,000 in federal income taxes ... this according to official records obtained by TMZ Sports. 

The IRS filed a federal tax lien against Bryant in Dallas ... claiming he never paid $79,274.75 in income tax for the money he made back in 2013. 

Seems like chump change for Bryant now thanks to his new $70 million deal ... but back in '13, Dez only raked in a measly $1.8 mil, according to 

We're guessing it's just an oversight on Bryant's part ... but you don't wanna play around when it comes to paying the tax man -- just ask Wesley Snipes


Joe Montana

Hails a Yellow Cab

... It's Just Not Fair.

10/1/2015 8:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Here's NFL legend Joe Montana leaving LAX Wednesday in a taxi (not a chauffeur-driven black car) ... which is fine ... but it reminds us how LITTLE he got paid compared to the guys who came after him. 

We pulled some numbers ... back in 1990, Montana signed a contract that made him the highest paid player in the NFL -- a 4-year deal worth $13 million ... that's $3.25 mil per year. 

It's peanuts compared to today's top QBs -- with Aaron Rodgers inking a 5-year deal worth $110 mil, Russell Wilson has a 4-year $87 million contract ... even Eli Manning's making $84 mil over 4 years. 

Even with inflation, Montana's annual $3.25 mil salary from his '90 deal only amounts to about $6 mil per season today. 

Don't get it twisted, Montana's definitely not poor ... but when was the last time you saw Aaron Rodgers hail a cab? 

Terrell Owens

Haven't Heard Back from Cowboys

... But I'm 'Stayin' Ready'

10/1/2015 6:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Terrell Owens' triumphant return to Dallas is still on hold ... with the WR telling us there hasn't been any movement since he reached out to the Cowboys earlier this season -- but he isn't giving up hope. 

Owens was hangin' out on the Sunset Strip Wednesday when the 41-year-old told us he's still keeping himself in NFL-condition -- "Staying ready, so I don't have to get ready."

Just a few weeks ago, Owens told Rich Eisen he had his agent reach out to the Cowboys to see if they had any interest after losing Dez Bryant to an injury. So we asked him about it. 

"I haven't heard anything as of yet ... but that's not to say that anything can't happen."

Owens says he'd consider playing for other NFL teams -- but insists it would need to be the "right situation." 

Good luck! 

NY Giants Co-Owner

I'm Rooting for 'Concussion'

'I Hope It Educates, Empowers'

9/29/2015 2:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

NY Giants co-owner Steve Tisch says he's still cool with Will Smith -- and is actually rooting for his new movie "Concussion" to do well ... despite the fact it's about a doctor who takes on the NFL. 

The movie has been getting a TON of buzz -- with the trailer suggesting the NFL hatched a diabolical plot to intimidate a doctor into hiding evidence about the real dangers of football related brain trauma. 

Tisch says he hasn't seen the movie yet, but says he's not even mad about it at all -- "I hope the movie not only entertains, but educates and empowers."

Tisch also says the NFL isn't trying to hide anything -- in fact, he's adamant the league is very proactive when it comes to head injuries.

"There's a very high level of consciousness about concussions in the NFL," says Tisch ... who claims the league is doing everything in its power to educate the players. 

"I like Will Smith. I like the NFL ... I hope everybody's happy at the end of the day." 

Shawne Merriman

'I Turned Down Will Smith Concussion Movie'

Here's Why ...

9/28/2015 6:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ex-NFL superstar Shawne Merriman tells TMZ Sports ... he was approached to be a part of Will Smith's "Concussion" movie but SHOT IT DOWN. 

The former San Diego Chargers linebacker says he's convinced the movie is "definitely going to give the NFL a black eye" ... but says he didn't feel right jumping aboard the project. 

The movie -- set to come out in December -- is supposed to blow the lid of an alleged NFL conspiracy to hide the debilitating life-long effects of concussions from players. 

"I turned it down and said 'No' ... I don't want to be a part of it because I didn't know how they were going to make it look."

Still, Merriman says concussions are a problem among NFL vets -- saying, "A lot of people have problems and the NFL should fix it .. period."

Odell Beckham Jr.

Scores Baller Spot to Lay Out

... For Home Games

9/27/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0925_Odell-Beckham_rug_instagram_gettyNot like Odell Beckham Jr. needs more ways to prove he's swag, but he went and got one anyway ... in the form of a $10,000 custom rug! 

TMZ Sports has learned OBJ was looking to score a centerpiece for the game room in his crib ... y'know, something to tie it together -- and hit up Keith Collins, rug maker extraordinaire. Keith tells us OBJ only had a few requirements ... it had to be red and black with his name and number.

Collins says the piece took more than 3 months to complete, but OBJ was so impressed with the end result ... he's already talking about an epic sequel: a tapestry of "the catch" from last season. 

Collins is used to dealing with baller clients -- he's made rugs and tapestries for the likes of Lebron James, Floyd Mayweather, and even Michael Jackson.

Fun fact: OBJ brought Dez Bryant to check out the rug while it was being made. Bad luck charm, Cowboys fans?

Mohamed Sanu

I Am Iron Man ...

Marvel-ous Custom Cleats

9/27/2015 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0925-mohammed-sanu-tmz-01It might be illegal to use J.A.R.V.I.S. in the NFL, but Bengals star Mohamed Sanu is still reppin' the Avengers leader (sorry, Cap) by rocking a pair of Iron Man inspired cleats to take on the Ravens Sunday.

Sanu is a HUGE comic book fan (probably figured that out by now) and his new kicks took over eight hours to create. They have special S.H.I.E.L.D. issued repulsor beams and missile detection technology. Kidding. They're just painted red-orange and gold ... but it works for him.

Yes, this officially makes Sanu a ... grid iron man.

Shawne Merriman

Sorry, Michael Sam

... You're No Tim Tebow!

9/28/2015 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Michael Sam is making the right moves to get another shot at making it in the NFL, but it'll take divine intervention for him to beat Tim Tebow back to the league ... according to ex-player Shawne Merriman. 

Merriman says he's talked to Sam about his effort to get on an NFL roster -- and thinks firing his publicist is a good FIRST move. Still, he says Sam has one major hurdle before he can convince a team to call ... something Tebow is making a habit of doing.

Tim's made it to 3 more squads since the Broncos dumped him, and Merriman thinks he's a lock to get a 4th chance ... maybe even this season. Check out why he thinks it isn't going to happen for Sam though -- not yet, anyway.

Michael Sam

Planning Return to the NFL ...

Fires Agent, Publicist

9/24/2015 2:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Michael Sam is dead set on making his way back to the National Football League ... and has fired his agent and his publicist in an effort to get his career back on track.

One of Sam's biggest hurdles will be convincing NFL teams he's serious about football -- and no longer cares about stuff like "Dancing With the Stars" and working with Oprah Winfrey. Firing his publicist and agent could go a long way to proving to teams he's only focused on football.

Sam told KMIZ he's brushing up on his media skills during his break from football. He's taken a gig working for the Mizzou Network after his stint in the CFL didn't work out ... but Sam says he plans on working hard to make an NFL roster in 2016.

Sam's recent career track closely mirrors that of Tim Tebow ... who told TMZ Sports on Thursday he's still figuring out what he's going to do next ... after he was cut recently from the Philadelphia Eagles.

Keep the dream alive, fellas.

Michael Sam

I've Gone Tebow

By Becoming an Announcer

9/23/2015 1:33 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Michael Sam has landed a job in football, but it's not on the field ... it's on television. 

Sam has scored a gig working for the Mizzou Network, where he'll be talking about his alma mater, the University of Missouri Tigers.

The job comes after Sam announced his retirement last month after a failed stint with the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL.

Sam's new job is reminiscent of the path Tim Tebow took after his career flamed out, but Tebow landed a much bigger gig with ESPN.

Jason Pierre Paul

Thumbs Nose At Critics

... I Can Still Lift Weights!

9/22/2015 7:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

7-fingered bench press? No problem. 

After critics said Jason Pierre Paul's disfigured hand would be a huge hurdle when it comes to weight training, the NY Giants star hit the gym ... to prove he can still lift weights, despite missing digits. 

JPP busted out a set of bench presses -- with a towel in his right hand to stabilize the bar.  

It's the second time Jason's posted training footage -- in an effort to prove he can still be effective in the NFL after seriously damaging his hand in a fireworks accident

You convinced? 

Bills' Aaron Williams

Teammate Delivers Home Cooked Meal

... After Neck Injury

9/22/2015 6:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0922-aaron-williams-getty-01This is pretty cool ... Buffalo Bills safety Aaron Williams received an outpouring of love from teammates and Patriots players after suffering a neck injury on Sunday -- with one teammate bringing over a home cooked meal ... TMZ Sports has learned.  

Williams was hospitalized after a nasty collision with Julian Edelman on Sunday -- but was released a short time later.  

We spoke with Aaron's mom, Val Williams, who tells us she was "terrified" during the incident -- especially because she was at the game and tried to get to her son while he was down on the field.  

"I was at the 28th row and ran all the way down to the 1st row when I saw he wasn’t moving ... people were just praying with me."

The next day, Val says Aaron's teammates went above and beyond to show their support. 

"Corey Graham (safety) came over to his house and his wife made some food for Aaron, and the whole team has just been coming in bunches checking on him just seeing what he needs offered him rides to work."

Aaron's dad, Anthony, says his son's even getting love from the enemy -- Patriots players and fans ... including Pats DT Malcolm Brown, who called to check in. 

As for Aaron's health, Anthony says he's "doing a lot better" -- and can't wait to get back on the field. 

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