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Odell Beckham Jr.


... Takes Pic with LeBron

12/4/2014 7:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
1204-james-lebron-instagramRemember when NY Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. said the coolest moment in his life was when his hero LeBron James tweeted about his legendary 1-handed catch???

Well, last night ... OBJ got a new "coolest moment" in life -- when he met LeBron in person and they took a picture together! 

As we previously reported, Beckham Jr. had called James his "favorite athlete" and talked about how much it meant when LeBron gave him props for that sick grab against the Cowboys. 

The two finally met in person at dinner Wednesday night -- and you can by the look on Odell's face ... dude was stoked!! 

In fact, James even posted about it ... writing, "Giving the game to my young king @iam_objxiii tonight at dinner! Keep going homie and #StriveForGreatness #RWTW."

Pretty cool, right? 


Odell Beckham Jr.

LeBron Tweeted About Me?!

Best Moment of My Life!

11/25/2014 6:22 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
odell_beckham_jr_launchNew York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. says he's been BOMBARDED with praise since that one-handed miracle grab ... but the best moment involved a tweet from LeBron James

OBJ was at Steiner Sports in NYC last night when revealed that LeBron is his all-time favorite athlete ... and when King James tweeted about the catch on Sunday, it blew his mind. 

FYI -- here's the tweet LeBron posted after Beckham's catch: "Man I just witnessed the greatest catch ever possibly by Odell Beckham Jr! WOW!!!!"

Imagine your hero writing that about you. Pretty cool, right?! 
Still, Odell is modest about the 3-fingered catch, saying the greatest snag ever made still belongs to ANOTHER NY Giants wide receiver. 

Check out the clip ...

Odell Beckham's H.S. Coach

I Tried to Get Him to Catch With 2 Hands

... He Wouldn't Listen

11/24/2014 5:06 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
1124_Odell-Beckham-Jr_catch_gettyCheck this out ... we just spoke with Odell Beckham Jr.'s high school coach Nelson Stewart about the insane 1-handed catch -- his quotes are fantastic. 

-- "We tried to stop him from catching the ball with one hand in high school ... but then we said, 'This is stupid, he never drops the ball. Let's just let him.'"

-- "Now we have a problem with our players trying to catch the ball with one hand. They say, 'But you let him do it.' I say, 'You are not Odell Beckham!'"

-- "He said he wants to have his high school jersey hanging at the high school one day. We haven't given his number away since -- so I think he's on his way."

-- "His hands were bigger than anyone on our team. He literally never dropped a ball. He redefined everything you could do."

Fun Fact -- OBJ went to Isidore Newman High School in New Orleans ... where Eli and Peyton Manning played their prep ball. 

Nick Jonas


But It's Rough Being a Giants Fan

11/20/2014 7:22 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
112014_nick_jonas_launchDon't worry Tom Coughlin, the Jonas Brothers got your back.

With Tiki Barber calling for Coughlin's job, Nick Jonas -- a huge NY Giants fan -- is still supporting his favorite head coach, telling TMZ Sports he loves the guy ... despite the team's 3-7 record.

The G-Men are set to take on the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday ... we'll see if Nick's feelings about Coughlin change after the game.

Luke Petitgout

Former NY Giant

Arrested for Sexual Assault

11/5/2014 5:46 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news
Luke Petitgout
-- who played nine seasons in the NFL, mostly with the New York Giants -- was arrested in New Jersey on Tuesday on a charge of sexual assault and simple assault.

The 6'6", 275-pound Petitgout was arrested at the home of his estranged wife Jennifer, says the NY Daily News. Jennifer is the alleged victim and the paper says she was photographed with bruises.

He was arrested and charged with sexual assault with force and simple assault. He is currently being held on $50,000 bail.

Petitgout's attorney, Patrick J. Jennings, called the charges "baseless" and told the News, “We intend to vigorously defend against the charges.”

Petitgout had reportedly been at a New York Giants reunion Monday night before the alleged incident took place.

Ex Giants Star Steve Smith

Titans QB Needs to Drop His Phone

... Pick Up His Playbook

10/28/2014 4:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
102814_steve_smith_launchRetired NFL star Steve Smith is taking Titans QB Zach Mettenberger to task for that gameday selfie he took before taking a loss against the Texans.

Mettenberger's been getting blasted by fans and players for the Instagram of his new haircut -- hours before Sunday's kickoff ... his first start, by the way. Smith says the kid needs to be more like his ex-QB, Eli Manning.

1028_Zach-Mettenberger_hair_cut_instagramSmith was shopping in Calabasas when he stated his case ... and it's a good one. Ever seen an Eli or Peyton Manning selfie? Exactly. And Steve's got hardware to back up his argument.

Speaking of which ... you gotta see Steve's jab -- at his OWN Super Bowl ring! Michael Strahan would not approve.

NY Giants Linebacker

Phil Collins Can Help Us Beat Dallas

... We Can Feel It

10/18/2014 5:54 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The secret to beating the Dallas Cowboys?

Phil Collins.

Well, maybe he can help -- because NY Giants head coach Tom Coughlin turned to Phil's best song to help fire up his team this week ... so says linebacker Mark Herzlich.

Herzlich says Coughlin decided to play some music during practice this week to get the team ready for their HUGE game against the Dallas Cowboys ... and Tom decided Phil's jam could help pump up the intensity.

Mike Tyson approves.

Giuliani to Jets Fans:


... Blame His Players!

10/17/2014 7:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
He may be a huge NY Giants fan, but Rudy Giuliani has message for Jets Nation -- DON'T GIVE UP ON REX RYAN ... it's not his fault!!! 

Rudy was out in L.A. last night -- and RAVED about his G-Men ... and even said he'd rather have Eli over Peyton if given the option!! 

But when we started talking about Gang Green and their pathetic 1-6 record -- Rudy explained why Jets fans shouldn't blame Rex ... they should blame his players instead. 

You listening, Geno?

NY Giants Kicker Josh Brown

Ray Finkle Was a B*tch

10/14/2014 5:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

NY Giants kicker Josh Brown has a message for Ray Finkle -- YOU SHOULDA MADE THE FRICKIN' KICK ... even if the laces were in!!!!

20 years after "Ace Ventura" came out in theaters (yes, it's really been that long) ... we asked Brown how a real NFL kicker reacts when the holder pulls a Dan Marino and doesn't get the laces out. 

Brown's response -- MAKE THE KICK!!!!!

"The times that it does happen, you just gotta go through with it ... ya just gotta swing."

What you shouldn't do ... is plot a murderous revenge on the holder on the day of the Super Bowl. That never turns out well. 

Kevin Jonas

I'm Praying for Victor Cruz

... But Giants Aren't Screwed

10/14/2014 6:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
NY Giants superstar Victor Cruz can rest a little easier ... 'cause one of the Jonas Brothers has his back ... when it comes to prayer. 

Kevin Jonas was out in NYC with his wife Danielle -- when we talked about Kev's favorite NFL team ... the Giants ... who lost their big WR to a nasty knee injury on Sunday night. 

"I feel bad for Victor Cruz," Kev told us ... "But he's definitely in our prayers."

As for the G-Men, Kevin says he still has hope ... though after that 27-0 loss to the Eagles, he might wanna pray extra hard this week. 


Giants Co-Owner


... When We Play In Dallas

10/2/2014 7:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
NY Giants co-owner Steve Tisch is clearly not worried about the Ebola scare in Dallas -- telling us the G-Men have nothing to worry about when they head to Big D to play the Cowboys later this season. 

Tisch was leaving Dan Tana's restaurant in West Hollywood last night when we brought up the efforts to contain the virus after officials confirmed that it had reached Dallas. 

"I think the Cowboys are gonna get it first," Tisch joked ... clearly not worried about a possible "Outbreak" style epidemic.

Tisch then started down a path to crack a joke about Jerry Jones ... but stopped himself.

So we finished it.

Check out the clip.

NY Giants Running Back

I Can Help Your Fantasy Team

... If You Help Me

9/30/2014 12:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
093014_rashad_jennings_launchFantasy Football doesn't have to be a 1-way street ... so says NY Giants running back Rashad Jennings who tells us there IS a way for Fantasy owners to help improve his performance on the field. 

Jennings -- who's already rushed for 341 yards and 2 TDs this season -- was out in NYC today ... when he explained the most important thing Fantasy owners can do ... and it makes total sense. 

Check out the clip -- and if you think you're up to the task, Rashad's Twitter handle is @RashadJennings. 

No pressure ...

Mike Vick


Out Of Respect for Geno Smith

3/26/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Mike Vick
tells TMZ Sports ... he will not fight to wear #7 on his jersey during his stint with the NY Jets -- and says it's all out of respect for Geno Smith

We broke the story ... Vick is very passionate about wearing #7 -- the same number he's worn from high school to Virginia Tech and on both NFL teams he's played for. 

But Mike says, "I want to pick a new number for the Jets, Number 7 is Geno's number."

Sources close to Vick tell us ... he has a lot of respect for the younger QB and doesn't want any drama that could possibly divide the team and believes giving up #7 shows that he's a mature and capable leader. 

Vick says he hasn't decided which number he'll rock for Gang Green -- but tells us, "I am open to suggestions."


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