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Mike Vick

I'M CHANGIN MY NUMBER

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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NY Giants Co-Owner

I Believe NFL Will Punish Jim Irsay

3/18/2014 4:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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NY Giants co-owner Steve Tisch says he believes Colts owner Jim Irsay WILL face disciplinary action from the NFL over his DUI arrest -- telling TMZ Sports he believes the commissioner wants to "make a statement."

Tisch was out in L.A. Tuesday when he told us Jim's a "great guy" ... and he thinks his decision to enter a treatment center will make his life "a lot better."

But when it came to punishment from the NFL, Tisch explained ... "I can't speak on the commissioner's behalf ... I don't know what he's going to do ... but I feel he's going to do something."

"I think he's gonna make a statement."

FYI -- in the past 4 years, at least 3 executives from two NFL teams have been suspended by the league for at least 30 days because of DUI arrests. Because Irsay is an owner, he could face an even harsher punishment from the league.  

Still, Tisch says the commish will most likely wait and see how the legal system handles Irsay's case before the league makes any decisions.

NY Giants Co-Owner

Praises Michael Sam

I Hope NFL Teams Do the Right Thing

2/10/2014 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0209_michael-sam_steve_tische_getty_tmzThe first openly gay NFL draft prospect is already getting major support from an NFL owner -- NY Giants honcho Steve Tisch, who tells TMZ Sports he "hopes" teams don't let Michael Sam's sexual orientation dissuade them from drafting such a stellar athlete.

The University of Missouri defensive end -- who was named SEC Defensive Player of the Year -- just completed his senior season and is very likely to be taken in the upcoming NFL Draft.

While Tisch wouldn't reveal if Sam is on his team's draft board, he did tell us ... "Michael Sam is a gifted athlete and a courageous man."

He added, "I hope any NFL team would not hesitate to draft Michael if he is right for their team."

Bart Scott

Richard Sherman Bit My Style

My Angry Rant Was Way Better!!

1/30/2014 9:04 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Richard Sherman's epic post-game rant DOESN'T HOLD A CANDLE to Bart Scott's legendary "Can't Wait" interview back in 2011 ... so says the former New York Jets linebacker himself.

Scott was hanging out with NY Giants kicker Steve Weatherford at Jay Glazer's Super Bowl party at Pranna in NYC ... when they told us why Scott is the undisputed post-game screaming champion.

If you remember, Scott WENT OFF after the Jets beat the Patriots in a crazy playoff game ... and Bart UNLEASHED, trashing his critics and the Patriots defense ... before capping it off with what became his catchphrase.

Seriously, Bart even trademarked the phrase "Can't Wait."

Your move, Sherman.

Giants Punter

Yeah, I Said It ...

I Love Watching 'Teen Mom'

1/25/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Giants punter Steve Weatherford tells TMZ Sports ... he's obsessed with "Teen Mom" ... but despite his super-fandom, the NFL star says he draws the line at Farrah Abraham's sex tape.

Weatherford admits he's stumbled upon a free preview of Farrah's venture into porn, but says he can't justify shelling out money to watch the entire cinematic experience.

"I'm not paying $5 to watch Farrah."

Can't argue with the guy's standards.

NY Sen. Chuck Schumer

I'll Bet On Congress...

Before I'll Bet On Giants

10/14/2013 3:48 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Even the esteemed Senator from New York Chuck Schumer ... knows the NY Giants suck in the worst way possible ... and tells TMZ the broken U.S. government will probably get its act together before Eli and Company will.

Sen. Schumer was out in D.C. yesterday when he was asked to predict which will happen first -- the END of the government shutdown OR the END of the Giants' pathetic losing streak.

Schumer told us he's a huge fan of the G-Men and it pains him to say it ... but the smart money's on the boys in Washington ... not the guys in New York.

The Giants don't take the field again 'til October 21st ... so, as Schumer points out, it could be a matter of scheduling.

Still, we gotta ask ...

Victor Cruz

New Contract

NEW FERRARI

9/16/2013 8:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0916_eli_manning_victor-cruz-splashBefore the NFL season began, NY Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz promised ... if he got a new contract, he would get a new Ferrari.

It appears Victor is a man of his word.

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Cruz was spotted pulling into MetLife Stadium in Jersey yesterday in what appears to be a Ferrari California convertible ... which reportedly starts around $200k.

Of course, Cruz signed a HUGE contract over the summer --  5-year extension worth up to $43 MILLION. Before that, he was making close to the league minimum.

The Giants lost to the Broncos in the Manning Bowl yesterday ... but we're guessing Victor wasn't too bummed out on the drive home.

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Harvey Levin Picks NFL Winner

'Football Is a Theatrical Sport'

9/8/2013 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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It's that time of the year ... THE NFL IS BACK ... which means it's time for our resident sports expert Harvey Levin to start picking winners!!!!

First up, The New York Giants vs. the Dallas Cowboys!!!

And heeeeeeeeere we go!!

Evan: Who ya got ... New York or Dallas? 
Harvey: Wait, the Giants or the Jets?

Evan: I already told you the Giants
Harvey: Oh right. Well, given that it's the Giants I'm definitely going with the Giants. 

Evan: Why? 
Harvey: Because I think Steve Tisch is awesome and I think the fact that he has 2 Super Bowl rings makes me as confident as Sully flying an airplane ... and I loved 'Forrest Gump.'

Evan: But Jerry Jones has 3 Super Bowl rings
Harvey: But he doesn't have an Oscar ... and that's gotta count for something. 

Evan: In football? 
Harvey: Sure. Football is a theatrical sport. Just watch what they do in the endzone. 

Evan: Who's gonna have a better game ... Tony Romo or Eli Manning
Harvey: I like 'em both ... but I gotta go with Eli because he's got such pressure now to do well because of what his brother did on Thursday. Not that he's gonna get 7 tds, but I could see 4. 

Evan: What about Romo? 
Harvey: He's good too.

NY Giants Co-Owner:

'Hard Knocks' Is BAD

For NFL Players

8/22/2013 8:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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James Harrison might be on to something, 'cause "Hard Knocks" is the kind of show that can DESTROY a football team ... so says NY Giants co-owner Steve Tisch.

Tisch -- and the entire Giants organization -- have made it clear the team will NEVER agree to participate in the HBO docu-series, and yesterday in L.A., Tisch explained why.

"I don't think it brings anything to the team," Tisch said ... "It's a bit of a distraction and I think it's sort of misleading for the players ... especially the young guys."

Tisch continued, "Even though It comes off as a documentary, you're asking young athletes to perform. Perform on the field ... don't perform in the locker room for a TV show."

"I don't think it's in the players' best interest."

Clearly, the Cincinnati Bengals don't feel the same way. They're currently participating on the show for the SECOND time.

Eli Manning

I'm Just Tryin' to Stay Outta the Gutter ...

8/15/2013 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0814_giants_super_bowling_launchSporting some traditional red & blue bowling kicks, khaki shorts and a facial expression that says, "Errr mah gerd" ... Eli Manning hit up a NY bowling alley with his teammates Tuesday night and TMZ has the pics.

Eli, along with wideout Victor Cruz and the entire NY Giants squad, snuck into Frames in midtown Tuesday night -- with a police escort -- for a top secret bowling session.

According to Frames, the event was 100% alcohol-free ... since the team is in the middle of some hardcore pre-season training.  Nothing but juice and water.

Despite looking goofy on lanes, Eli actually put up some pretty decent numbers that night -- bowling a 154.

Cruz wasn't too far behind, posting a respectable 134. Coach Tom Coughlin scored a 113.

Miraculously, no one was injured during the bowling trip. Jealous, Andrew Bynum?

Eli Manning

Call Me 2 Chainz

... Biatch

7/12/2013 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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7/12 -- Ok, look ... we're having a pretty intense convo in the newsroom. We can't really tell our Mannings apart.

Some people think Peyton's the one in the red shirt ... honestly, we can't really tell.

If only they were wearing their Super Bowl rings.

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He's already got 2 ringz ... but this week, Eli Manning threw on 2 Chainz ... and gangster'd himself out (along with his brother Peyton) ... for another DirecTV commercial shoot in New Orleans, and TMZ has the pic.

With Eli sporting a red Kanye-inspired jacket and a quasi-mullet ... and Peyton sporting a Jew-fro and Birdman shades ... we're guessing the NFL superstars were doing another one of those goofy spots for Sunday Ticket.

Back in 2011, the two dressed  up like cops ... it was hilarious.

0712-payton-eli-cop-directv-tmzMore importantly ... you know what this means?? FOOTBALL SEASON IS RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER!!!

Thank god.

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New York Jets

RUINED TEBOW'S CAREER

5/13/2013 7:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The New York Jets DESTROYED any chance Tim Tebow had to be a successful QB in the NFL ... this according to NY Giants co-owner Steve Tisch.

"I think him going from the Broncos to the Jets was not in anybody's best interest," Tisch told TMZ on his way out of Dan Tana's in L.A. Sunday night.

"Had another team picked him up after the Broncos, maybe he'd have a career."

AW. SNAP!!!!!

So where will Tim end up? Tisch says Timmy should ignore the offers from the Lingerie Football League and focus on getting back into the NFL ... at least for now.

NFL Star Michael Boley

Secretly Arrested

for Child Abuse

5/2/2013 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0501-michael-boley-tmz-mugEx-New York Giants linebacker Michael Boley was quietly arrested for child abuse back in February ... 3 days after he was cut by the team ... TMZ has learned.

Boley -- a starting linebacker in Super Bowl XLVI -- had been under investigation in Alabama for a 2011 incident involving his son, who was 5 years old at the time.

The details of the alleged abuse are unclear, although sources tell us the allegations were of a physical nature and NOT sexual abuse.

Here's what we know ... Boley's case was scheduled to go in front of a grand jury in February 2013 ... but before that got under way, the 30-year-old NFL star struck a plea deal with prosecutors.

Court officials in Etowah County, AL tell TMZ ... Boley pled guilty to child abuse -- and in exchange, he was ordered to enroll in a pre-trial diversion program and upon completion the charge would be dropped.

Boley was also required to turn himself into authorities. He was booked on February 8, smiled for a mug shot and was released from custody later that day.

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Seems the NY Giants were hip to Boley's legal issues ... 'cause he was unexpectedly cut by the team on February 5 ... 3 days before Boley turned himself in to authorities. Boley is currently a free agent, on the hunt for a job.

A rep for Boley had no comment -- but sources connected to the NFL star tell us Boley plans to comply with the terms of the plea deal.

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5/3 -- Boley's agents have released a statement saying, "Mr. Boley is dealing with a personal matter that allegedly happened nearly two years ago. Michael has been and always will be a loving and supportive father to all of his children."

"Due to the circumstances of the situation, he has chosen to enter into an arrangement with the Courts that serves the best interest of his family. During this difficult time, Michael will gain strength from his family and continue to be the loving father that everyone knows him to be."

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