Tom Brady was a kick-ass construction worker before he became an NFL god -- so says his old boss who tells TMZ Sports ... "Brady was the hardest worker I ever had."
Brady posted his old college resume online Thursday -- showing off his career experience ... just in case the NFL thing didn't work out (he was a 6th round pick after all).
One of his gigs was at Dudlar & Sons Inc. (custom home building) ... where he spent the summer of 1997 doing manual labor in Michigan.
We spoke with Brady's old boss Frank Dudlar who says he remembers Brady well -- "He had long hair down to his shoulders. He was a real skinny kid."
But Dudlar says despite his small frame, the guy was a monster when it came to putting in work -- "He'd scrape concrete curbs with a push broom and shovel."
"Brady was the hardest worker that I've ever had. I remember my son Gunnar came in one day and said, 'That Brady kid's a worker.'"
Unfortunately for Frank, Tom's football thing took off ... and he left the construction world for good.
Despite the loss ... Frank tells us, "I'm still a fan."
NY Senator Kirsten Gillibrand
MAKES CASE FOR CONDOLEEZZA
... For NFL Commish
9/18/2014 2:52 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The whole "Condoleezza Rice for NFL Commissioner" movement is picking up some serious steam ... and now NY Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is making the case for why Condi should get the job.
Kirsten was out in D.C. where she made it clear that Condoleezza is a serious contender -- especially with all of the drama surrounding the current commish, Roger Goodell.
When asked if the Senate would be "taking a look" at the NFL scandals ... Gillibrand said she wouldn't be surprised.
As for Rice, John McCain already said he believes she could help the NFL ... especially because Goodell has some serious "credibility issues."
I Always Played On an Empty Stomach
9/18/2014 11:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Forget protein bars or power shakes or a pasta carb-loading ... Jerry Rice tells TMZ Sports he used to take the field on an EMPTY STOMACH.
Seriously, kinda crazy considering how dominant he was -- but #80 swears he never scarfed down any food before a game.
Rice was just out in NYC -- nicest guy ever btw -- and we chatted about food, TD dances and hecklers.
Check out the clip ... and then go get something to eat.
HEADBUTTED WIFE, BROKE NOSE
... Officials Say
9/18/2014 10:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer headbutted his wife in the face and broke her nose during a domestic dispute in July ... this according to official court docs.
Investigators say ... Dwyer and his wife were in an argument on July 21st that escalated when he "attempted to kiss her and remove her clothing."
Dwyer's wife allegedly told him to stop -- but when he continued anyway, she bit his lip.
That's when cops say Jonathan headbutted her in the face, fracturing her nasal bone.
Dwyer's wife left the home -- but she says she returned when Jonathan texted her a picture of a knife and said he didn't want to live anymore.
According to the report, "She said he had threatened to kill himself in front of her and their child if she alerted the police to the assault."
The two got into it AGAIN the next day -- and Dwyer allegedly "punched his wife on the left side of her face with his right closed fist. He also began punching the walls."
Dwyer's wife also says the NFL player grabbed a shoe and threw it at their 17-month-old child -- striking him in the stomach.
When Dwyer's wife tried to call police -- the NFL player allegedly grabbed her phone and threw it out off the second story of their home.
Witnesses say they heard Dwyer throw the phone -- and could hear is wife yell, "He f**king hit me."
Witnesses also told cops they saw bruising and swelling on her face.
Dwyer's wife fled the state -- and says she finally called cops in September when she felt safe. Cops obtained her medical records which show the broken nose.
For his part, cops say Dwyer admitted there were two incident with his wife ... and admits she bit him on the lip.
He also admits he punched the wall in the home, threw his wife's phone ...and had texted her a photo of a knife with threats of suicide.
However, he denies any physical assault.
Dwyer was arrested yesterday -- and is being charged with various counts of assault.
Legal Weed In CO
Has Been GREAT for Pizza Biz
9/18/2014 8:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Legalized pot has been very, very good for Peyton Manning ... especially in Colorado ... because the QB says new weed-friendly laws in the Mile High State have been great for his pizza business.
The Denver Broncos superstar -- who owns 21 Papa Johns franchises in the Denver area -- was talking with Sports Illustrated's Peter King when he was asked about voting and laws in CO.
And that's when Peyton dropped this gem -- "There’s some different laws out here in Colorado. Pizza business is pretty good out here, believe it or not, due to some recent law changes."
Doesn't take a rocket-scientist to figure out he's talking about Colorado's new laws legalizing recreational marijuana ... and clearly, Peyton's learned stoners love pizza.
So, will Peyton expand into Washington -- the other pro-ganja state? Stay tuned ...
RIPS RAIDERETTE LAWSUIT
... They're Bitter Liars
9/18/2014 8:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
A former Oakland Raiders cheerleader is BLASTING the ex-Raiderette who sued the NFL team ... calling her a "liar" who never really loved the sport.
TMZ Sports spoke with Nicole Rodrigues -- who cheered on the squad in 2003 and 2004 -- who insists she was always paid well during her time with the team.
"The Raiders, the whole organization, we're a family. That's the main thing ... they took care of us."
Not all of the former Raiderettes feel that way -- as we previously reported, a woman who called herself Lacy T. sued the team earlier this year claiming the team worked them like dogs and paid them less than minimum wage.
But Rodrigues is calling BS ... saying the women behind the suit are just looking for a quick buck -- and didn't appreciate the Raiderette experience
Bottom line for Rodrigues -- "I have zero complaints about how much I was paid."
NBA Commish Adam Silver
ROGER GOODELL'S DOING A GREAT JOB
9/18/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The guy who's been hailed as a BEST commissioner is throwing his SUPPORT behind the guy who's being trashed as the WORST ... with Adam Silver telling TMZ Sports he believes Roger Goodell is still doing "great" at his job.
We spoke with the NBA Commish in NYC Wednesday -- nearly 5 months after he was praised for his handling of the Donald Sterling situation -- and asked him how he felt about the way Goodell is handling all of the scandals in the NFL.
"He's doing the best he can under difficult circumstances," Silver said ... "He's been a great commissioner so far and he'll work his way through these issues."
Silver says Roger has NOT reached out to him for advice -- and says he doesn't need to .. referring to Goodell as "The Dean" ... and claiming, "I've only learned from Roger."
Check out the clip -- Silver also explains why he thinks the NFL will survive the scandals ... and also admits there's one team he's pulling for in particular.
Jonathan Dwyer Arrest
TWO SEPARATE INCIDENTS
'Causing a Fracture'
9/17/2014 3:04 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer is suspected of assaulting his wife in TWO separate incidents ... and is accused of breaking bones ... cops tell TMZ Sports.
According to police, the 25-year-old allegedly roughed up his wife at their home in Phoenix on July 21st and again on July 22nd.
Shortly after the incidents, cops say, Dwyer's wife left the state with their child.
Cops list 2 victims -- a 27-year-old female (his wife) and their 18-month-old child.
A report was made with cops on September 11, 2014 ... and cops have been investigating ever since.
After investigators found probable cause, they arrested Dwyer on Sept. 17th for domestic violence in Tempe.
Cops say they interviewed Dwyer and he acknowledged the incidents -- but he DENIED any physical assaults.
Dwyer is being booked into the Maricopa County Jail on 1 count of aggravated assault causing a fracture, 1 count of aggravated assault involving a minor, 2 counts of criminal damage, 1 count of preventing the use of a phone in an emergency, and assault.
The Arizona Cardinals tell TMZ Sports Dwyer has been deactivated from the roster.
ARRESTED FOR Domestic Violence
9/17/2014 3:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
5:00 PM PDT: Cops now tell TMZ Sports, Dwyer was involved in TWO incidents and is accused of "causing a fracture."
Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathan Dwyer was just arrested for domestic violence over an alleged altercation with his wife.
The 25-year-old NFL player was arrested in Phoenix on suspicion of aggravated assault and preventing someone from calling 911 ... this according to CBS News.
It's unclear when and where the alleged incident took place.
Of course, it's just the latest in a string of domestic violence arrests involving NFL players ... including former Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice, Greg Hardy, Ray McDonald and NY Jets rookie Quincy Enunwa.
Whatcha gonna do, Roger?
I'm Pulling for Ray Rice
9/17/2014 10:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
He lashed out at Adrian Peterson ... but when it comes to Ray Rice, Cris Carter tells TMZ Sports he's rooting for the NFL star to get his life back together.
Carter was on his way to the White House when he told us he stands by his emotional statements on Peterson -- saying he still strongly believes the Vikings should keep him off the field.
But when we asked about Rice, the NFL Hall of Famer told us he hopes the former Ravens running back can redeem himself ... and strongly believes he'll be able to get his life back together.
As for why Carter is at the White House -- he's set to speak on a panel about his battle with substance abuse and recovery.
No Trace of Radisson
At Today's Press Conference
9/17/2014 9:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Didn't take long for the Minnesota Vikings to scrub all signs of the Radisson after the hotel suspended its relationship with the NFL team ... because the logo is noticeably absent on the team banner at today's news conference.
The team is setting up to address the media -- and swapped out the backdrop, which used to prominently display the Radisson logo to one that just has the Vikings emblem on it.
The Radisson has suspended its relationship with the team after its logo appeared behind team reps earlier in the week when they announced they would be REINSTATING Peterson.
After intense public backlash, the team eventually reversed course ... but the damage was already done.
Team owner Zygi Wilf just said, "We made a mistake."
"Adrian will be away from the team," Wilf said.
NIKE SUSPENDS CONTRACT
'We Don't Condone Domestic Violence'
9/17/2014 8:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
It was only a matter of time ... but Nike has announced it has suspended its endorsement contract with Adrian Peterson.
The Swoosh just issued a statement saying, "Nike in no way condones child abuse or domestic violence of any kind and has shared our concerns with the NFL."
"We have suspended our contract with Adrian Peterson."
The timing is interesting ... considering AP left his house in Minnesota Tuesday covered head-to-toe in Nike gear.
It's almost like when Nike saw AP repping the brand in public, it seemed to be the final straw.
It's a huge step for Nike considering Peterson was one of the brands BIGGEST stars. The fact Nike has suspended the contract and has not dropped him entirely gives them the ability to reactivate him when they feel the time is right.
Barred from the Minnesota Vikings
9/17/2014 3:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Minnesota Vikings have reversed their decision on Adrian Peterson and decided to bar him from all team activities until his child abuse case is resolved.
Vikings owners Zygi Wilf and Mark Wilf announced they were placing Peterson on the NFL's exempt/commissioner's permission list, saying in a statement, "After giving the situation additional thought, we have decided this is the appropriate course of action for the organization and for Adrian."
The team had deactivated Peterson for last week's game following the allegations against their star running back, but on Monday announced their plans to play him this coming Sunday.
Peterson's agent, Ben Dogra, described the move as "the best possible outcome given the circumstances."