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Drew Brees

Brad Pitt's My Homie

... I Love That Guy

1/30/2015 10:57 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

013015_drew_brees_b_pitt_launchBrad Pitt's got Drew Brees' stamp of approval -- with the New Orleans Saints QB telling TMZ Sports the guy's not only a solid friend ... but he's pretty damn accurate when it comes to tossing a beer.

Brees was out in Phoenix for an event to promote his Brees Dream foundation and thSuper Service Challenge -- when he told us about his famous friendship with the movie star. 

Clearly, the two share a strong bond with N.O. -- but Brees says the thing that sealed their friendship was the now famous Bourbon Street Beer Tossing incident back in May. 


The two have been close ever since -- in fact, Brad defended Brees when the critics were ganging up on him over his slow start this season. 

As for Drew, check out the clip below to hear more about the good work he's doing for charity. 


Stephen A. Smith

Fires Back at Josh Gordon ...

'Your Letter's Pathetic'

1/29/2015 4:13 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0129_josh_gordon_stephen-a-smith_gettyStephen A. Smith just UNLOADED on Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon -- saying the letter he directed at Stephen, Charles Barkley and Cris Carter is "pathetic," "small minded" and "ignorant."

As we previously reported, Gordon ripped the media members -- claiming they were out of line for personal comments directed at him in the wake of his NFL and legal troubles. He demanded a retraction.  

But Smith just appeared on ESPN Cleveland Radio and tore Gordon (and his letter) apart -- saying, "I'm sad for him. It's pretty pathetic ... the fact of the matter is that it's his actions that got him to this point."

Smith goes on ... "What he's not realizing is that we're not speaking about you as an individual, we're speaking about what you represent" -- a black man who came from poverty and made it to the NFL.  

"So for you to be blowing these kind of opportunities not just speaks to you but it speaks to an abundance of individuals out in this world, particularly those from the African-American community that could possibly find themselves in this position but somehow someway blow it."

"That's what we say when we say 'we care' ... when we say we're disgusted with you." 

"So the fact that [Josh] took the liberty to write this letter ... just also at the same time heightens your level of ignorance, because you're not getting the big picture."


NFL's Mike Evans


... Don't Give Up On Him

1/29/2015 12:24 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

012915_mike_evans_launchTampa Bay Bucs superstar Mike Evans has a message for the Cleveland Browns -- stop messing around and give Johnny Manziel the starting QB job already. 

Evans -- who played with Johnny at Texas A&M -- touched down in Phoenix moments ago ... and told us he still STRONGLY believes the Heisman winner can still tear it up in the NFL ... despite a rough rookie season.  

There's just one catch ... Evans clearly believes the Browns should commit to #2 as the starter from the very beginning of the season -- unlike they did this past season, when Brian Hoyer got the nod. 

"When he starts the season off, he'll be good," Evans said.  

So far, the Browns have not decided on their QB situation for next season -- but it'll be interesting to see what happens during the off-season.

NFL's Odell Beckham Jr.

I'm a Model Now

Hits Runway With NFL Stars

1/29/2015 9:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Odell Beckham Jr. wants to bring plaid pants back -- and Wednesday night, he rocked 'em out on the runway at a NFL fashion show packed with huge stars. 

The NY Giants wide receiver rounded up guys like Browns superstar Joe Haden, Patrick Peterson from the Cardinals and Broncos stars Von Miller and Demaryius Thomas for the Elevee Lifestyle fashion show in Arizona. 

The crowd loved it -- screaming and yelling as the guys did their little turns on the catwalk ... and we got the footage! Check it out. 


Richard Sherman's Big Bro

Erin Andrews Rant

Was GREAT For Our Fam!

1/29/2015 7:54 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

If you thought Richard Sherman's "Don't Ever Talk About Me" rant was priceless, think again -- 'cause the NFL star's brother tells us it made the family a TON of money!!

Richard's older brother Branton Sherman -- who's also the business manager for the Richard Sherman Family Foundation -- is out in PHX to root for the Seahawks ... when he we asked how he felt about the legendary moment with Erin Andrews last year. 

"We made so much money off of that whole deal," Branton says ... "It was a good thing for us!"

Even Branton's mom was able to cash in ... he says the rant helped Richard and their mother lock up a commercial for Campbell's Soup ... and now they get more free soup than they ever could've imagined! 

"We got Campbell's Soup up the ass man!" 

One last thing ... even though Richard is widely regarded as the best defensive player in the league, Branton still says he could take 'em. 

"I'm the big brother."

Eric Dickerson

Bieber Coulda Used

... a Good Ass-Whoopin'

1/29/2015 6:59 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

012915_eric_dickerson_launchJustin Bieber woulda had a lot less problems in life ... if his mama woulda dished out a few good ass-whoopings over the years ... so says NFL legend Eric Dickerson

As you may know, Dickerson is no stranger to Biebs -- they were neighbors in Calabasas and E.D. says he would often see the kid driving dangerously fast around town. 

Bieber eventually moved -- and Wednesday night he made a new video explaining that he truly wants to change for the better. 

So, does Eric think Bieber has a shot to become a better person? 

"It's possible," Dickerson says. 

But check out the video -- Dickerson explains why "a good ass whoopin' never hurt nobody" ... and why he believes tough love from a parent made him a BETTER PERSON in the  long run.


Richie Incognito

I'm Not Giving Up on the NFL

'Hoping to Get Back In'

1/29/2015 6:03 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

012915_richie_incognito_launchRichie Incognito has arrived to the Super Bowl -- but he's not there to mess around ... the former Miami Dolphins lineman tells TMZ Sports he's laser focused on getting back in the league. 

Incognito was hangin' at the W Hotel in Scottsdale Wednesday night ... where a bunch of huge NFL stars and league bigwigs were hanging out at a celebrity fashion show.  

Incognito -- who hasn't played a down in the league since he was suspended for bullying Jonathan Martin -- told us  he's still training hard and hoping a NFL team will take a chance on him after missing the 2014 season. 

It could be tough sledding for the 31-year-old ... who was admitted to psychiatric care in the wake of the bullying scandal. 

But when we spoke with him Wednesday, he seemed to be in great spirits -- even joking around about his eating habits.

Question is ... when push comes to shove, do you think he'll be on a roster next season?

NFL Stars


On Diamond & Gold Mouthpieces

1/29/2015 12:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Talk about putting your money where your mouth is ... pro athletes are now spending THOUSANDS of dollars to pimp out their mouthpieces with diamonds and gold ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

In fact, NBA star Nate Robinson is part of the "pimp your mouthpiece" movement -- and recently picked up a $5,300 customized mouthguard that's chock-full of real gold foil.

The man behind the piece is Dr. Michael Wright of "The WrightGuard" ... who tells us high-end custom protection is becoming a major trend with athletes in a variety of sports ... from hoops to football and boxing.

In fact, Wright says he was recently approached by a NFL star who's playing in the Super Bowl (Wright says he can't reveal the player's ID) ... who requested a mouthpiece with some massive diamonds flanking the front.

"The Super Bowl athlete brought his own diamonds," Wright says ... "I don't know how many carats, but they were huge."

Wright says his mouthpieces are just as functional as they are flossy -- and says he has a special 3-layer process to make sure the gold, silver and/or diamonds are sealed in a way that it won't harm the user. 

Wright says he's gotten some crazy requests from some of his athletes -- some people want team logos others want their Twitter handles -- and says team reps sometimes oversee the process to make sure the mouthpiece complies with uniform standards. 

With so much customization at the pro level (mouthguards, cleats, etc) ... keep an eye out for the platinum diamond-encrusted jockstrap in the future. 


Marshawn Lynch

Crackin' Jokes with Gronk

... On Conan O'Brien

1/28/2015 4:51 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Newsflash -- Marshawn Lynch has a FUNNY side ... and here's the hilarious video that proves it. 

The Seattle Seahawks running back teamed up with the enemy (Rob Gronkowski) for a hilarious video game battle on "Conan" ... which quickly turned into a comedy session 

The segment is pretty hilarious ... with Lynch crackin' drug jokes ... Gronk making a boner pill joke ... and overall hilarity ensuing.

Unclear when the guys found time to shoot the bit -- which is set to air Thursday on TBS -- but it seems like the two NFL superstars really hit it off.

#RealityShowSpinoff? #Please #BeastMeetsGronk #LethalWeapon5? #ImJustHereSoIDontGetFined


Kenny G

The Best Football Player

I Ever Played Golf With Was ...

1/28/2015 2:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

012815_kenny_g_launchRenowned golfer and occasional saxophonist Kenny G knows how to swing the crooked stick, and in all his golf-playing days ... one NFL star stands out above the rest.  

Our photog spotted Kenny in New York City Wednesday afternoon ... and he told us about his favorite course to play. He's got a pretty conventional choice.  

But when we asked Kenny to name the best football player he's ever played a round with ... he didn't hesitate.

Hint: if you don't root for this guy's team, you almost certainly hate him. Actually, you might hate him even if you do.

Aaron Rodgers

Surprise Hang Out Session ...

With Military Kids

1/28/2015 2:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Not even a Chicago Bears fan could hate this video of Aaron Rodgers paying a surprise visit to four kids ... who lost a parent in the military. Grab the Kleenex.

The Green Bay Packers quarterback met with 3 sisters -- Alexis, Starr and Kylee -- and a young man named Dylan ... to spotlight the great work done by Camp Hometown Heroes in Wisconsin.  

The girls didn't seem to be big football fans, but you have to see Dylan freak out when he realizes Aaron Rodgers has shown up.  

Classy move, Rodgers.

Baltimore Ravens Player


... Arrest Warrant Issued

1/28/2015 9:18 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0128-will-hill-ravens-twitterBaltimore Ravens safety Will Hill is wanted by NJ officials -- after allegedly stiffing his baby mama out of more than $16k in child support ... TMZ Sports has learned.  

According to official documents obtained by TMZ Sports, the 24-year-old is on the hook for $16,588.18 in unpaid support to a woman in New Jersey. 

Law enforcement sources tell us an arrest warrant has been issued. There won't be a "fugitive" style manhunt for the guy ... but if a cop pulls him over and runs his info, he'll be arrested on the spot. 

In fact, that's exactly what happened to Hill in December 2013 ... when he was arrested in NJ on a warrant for outstanding child support payments. 

Hill (who was playing for the NY Giants back then) eventually paid up ... and actually played in a game against the Detroit Lions just days later.  

Hill is considered a pretty solid player on the Ravens -- and had a key pick 6 interception against the Saints in week 12. 

We've reached out to Hill for comment -- so far, no word back.

Super Bowl Security

FBI, Secret Service, Cops ...

We're All Working Together

1/28/2015 8:24 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0128-superbowl-xlix-2015-getty-02Several high-powered law enforcement agencies want everyone to know -- they're all working TOGETHER to protect the Super Bowl.  

The NFL just issued a statement saying reps from the following agencies are on board: 

-- Department of Homeland Security
-- Immigration and Customs Enforcement
-- FBI 
-- United States Secret Service 
-- Phoenix PD
-- Glendale PD

The entire gang is scheduled to brief the media on the security plans around 12 PM PT. 

According to reports, officials will be bringing in Black Hawk helicopters and truck-sized X-ray machines to help keep the area safe.

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