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NY Giants Linebacker

TREAT. YO. SELF.

$55k Jewelry Run

6/27/2015 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0626-joe-avianne-royal-collection-charm-INSTAGRAM-01New York Giants linebacker J.T. Thomas believes in the "Treat Yo Self" mentality ... because after he inked his new $12 MILLION contract ... he picked up $55k in brand new bling ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Thomas hit up Avianne and Co. in NYC -- and scored himself an 18 karat gold Cuban link chain for $35k. 

And because he didn't want that chain to get lonely, he got a 2nd piece ... a 25 karat ruby, surrounded by diamonds ... which ran him another $20k. 

Tom Haverford would be proud ... 

Eli Manning

Let's Talk Body Hair ...

To Shave or Not to Shave?

6/19/2015 9:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Ever look at Eli Manning and think ... "Hmmm, wonder if that guy shaves his chest hair?"

Well, good news -- WE JUST FOUND OUT!!! 

Eli and his father, Archie Manning, were at Rockefeller Center in NYC this morning -- when we asked Archie to reveal the best Father's Day gift he ever got from his super famous kids. 

Long story short ... we got into personal grooming habits ... and that's when Eli revealed what he's packin' under his shirt. 

You're welcome America. 

Odell Beckham Jr.

Spikes Gronk...

Wins Madden Cover

5/13/2015 4:26 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0513-madden-16-cover-2016-01Odell Beckham Jr. just made the biggest catch of the NFL off-season ... snatching the "Madden 16" cover right out of the hands of fellow finalist Rob Gronkowski.

Beckham Jr. and Gronk beat out a bunch of other NFL studs ... like the Cardinals' Patrick Peterson and Steelers wideout Antonio Brown ... to become the last two dudes standing on Madden island.

Fan votes determined the final winner, and Odell took it home with a super narrow 52.5% of the votes -- but arguably Gronk is the real winner here.

There's a little thing known as the Madden curse ... and the Giants star is now susceptible to the same fate suffered by Garrison Hearst, Peyton HillisShaun Alexander, Vince Young, and bunch more.

Even last year's cover guy -- Richard Sherman ... jacked up his elbow and lost the Super Bowl.

Ummm ... congrats, Odell?

We asked Giants co-owner Steve Tisch last week about OBJ possibly getting the honor (?) -- he was less than thrilled. 

NFL's Justin Pugh

Hey Rookies ...

DON'T BLOW YOUR MONEY!!

5/3/2015 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

NFL lineman Justin Pugh knows what it's like to become a MULTI-MILLIONAIRE overnight ... and he's got some excellent advice for the new rookies to make sure they don't go broke. 

For the record, Pugh signed an $8.3 MILLION contract with a $4.4 million signing bonus when the NY Giants selected him in the 1st round of the 2013 draft. 

So, what's the secret to financial success for the young guys? Pugh says there's one KEY MOVE they need to make right away ... before they start living the good life.

Check out the clip ... especially if you plan on signing a huge contract in the near future.  

Odell Beckham Jr.

BLOWS DIDDY AWAY

... In Street Footrace

4/10/2015 6:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Here's video of NFL superstar Odell Beckham Jr. -- proving he's WAYYYYY faster than non-NFL superstar Diddy. 

OB2 was in West Hollywood yesterday -- where he decided to test his foot speed on the same steep hill where Diddy was running sprints back in February

According to our unofficial clock ... Beckham ran the hill a full 2 SECONDS faster than Diddy did it. 

So, congratulations Odell ... you're faster than a 45-year-old non-professional athlete. 

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Odell Beckham Jr.

I Believe I Can Fly

... On Water!!

4/8/2015 2:11 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Odell Beckham Jr. already dominates on football fields, soccer pitches, and basketball courts -- and now he's making the ocean his bitch, too ... by mounting a flyboard down in Miami.

The NY Giants star tackled the extreme water sport on Tuesday -- and as you'd probably expect -- he's already a pro. Paul Stoeppelwerth from Indy Flight Academy tells us ... OBJ got up and running on the flyboard on his first try.

If you haven't seen one of these things ... they're freakin' awesome -- kinda like a wakeboard that uses hydro-powered jets to hover up to 50 feet above the water! We're told most people take several minutes just to get upright ... but, of course, most people aren't Odell.

Stoeppelwerth says OBJ's "lower body is like a trunk, all the muscle memory from his football regimen definitely helps."

So, there's the answer: There's officially nothing Beckham Jr. can't do.

Giants Co-Owner Steve Tisch

I'm Rooting for Michael Sam

I Hope He Makes an NFL Team

4/6/2015 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Not everyone has given up on Michael Sam -- in fact, he's got a pretty powerful supporter, NY Giants co-owner Steve Tisch who tells TMZ Sports he really hopes the guy makes an NFL squad.

Tisch was out in L.A. having dinner at Craig's when he told us he still believes the first openly gay man to be drafted into the NFL has the skill and the talent to compete at the highest level.

But at what point should Sam hang up the cleats and pursue another career? Tisch talks about that too.

Bonus -- the guy also names the best chain restaurant in the country ... and it's an answer that would make Kim and Kanye proud.

Jameis Winston

'HE'S NOT THAT FAT'

... Says Famous Fat QB

4/2/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Jameis Winston FatSTOP BODY-SHAMING JAMEIS WINSTON ... he's got a perfect QB physique ... so says one of the most famous heavyset NFL quarterbacks of all time ... former NY Giants QB Jared Lorenzen

Of course, Winston has been under fire from people who say he looks too fat, doughy, soft and out-of-shape to be a successful NFL QB ... especially after he went topless at his Pro Day this week (see pic above). 

But Lorenzen -- aka "The Hefty Lefty" & "The Pillsbury Throwboy" -- says Winston needs to ignore the haters and focus on winning football games.

"He's not JaMarcus Russell. He's not fat by any means. He's just a big dude," Jared says. "He's got a great body to play quarterback. The little skinny guys don't make it. They can't take a hit."

"Look at RG3 ... small guy. Now he can't even run."

BTW -- when Lorenzen played for the Giants from 2004 to 2007 he usually hovered around 300 pounds. 

"I was probably a little bit on the extreme side ... but I never missed a game due to injury in my career going all the way back to when I was young. Most big guys don't. They can take a pounding."

As for Jameis, Jared says the guy's potential is off the charts -- "He's only 21 and he doesn't even have his grown man body yet. He's gonna get bigger and faster."

BONUS -- Here's footage of Jared playing for the Northern Kentucky River Monsters last year. He's big ... but the dude can still ball.  

NY Giants' Larry Donnell

IMPOSTOR PRANKS MSNBC

'F**k Her Right in the P***y'

3/5/2015 11:07 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

MSNBC thought it had the very first interview with NY Giants tight end Larry Donnell ... who was on board the Delta flight that skidded off the runway in NY earlier today. 

They were wrong. 

Instead, they had an impostor ... who pulled a Baba Booey-inspired prank that culminated with the prankster yelling, "F**k her right in the p***y" while he was live on the air. 

As we previously reported, the FHRITP pranks have been driving media outlets CRAZY for months ... with some reporters getting physical in an effort to prevent hooligans from shouting the phrase during live shots. 

Somewhere, Jameis Winston is probably smiling ... 

LaGuardia Plane Skids

NY Giants Player On Flight

'I Shoulda Stayed Home'

3/5/2015 8:53 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

NY Giants tight end Larry Donnell was aboard the Delta airlines flight that skidded off the runway at LaGuardia Airport moments ago ... and says he KNEW he shoulda stayed home this morning. 

Not one of the 149 passengers on board suffered any serious injuries when the plane was coming in for a landing and skidded off the runway. It eventually crashed into a snow bank and came to a stop. 

When Donnell got off the plane, he did what most people would do ... took a pic ... and posted the caption, "Look at this s**t! Knew I shoulda stayed my ass at home."

Donnel released a statement after the ordeal, saying, "I’m blessed to be safe and sound after our plane skidded off the runway at LaGuardia airport today. I feel fine physically and hopefully all the other passengers did not have any significant injuries."

He continued, "We were all shocked and alarmed when the plane started to skid, but most importantly, as far as I know, all of the passengers and flight crew were able to exit the plane safely."

Giants' Steve Weatherford

NFL Rookies Are Powerless

In Locker Room Music War

3/3/2015 4:23 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Looks like Jamies Winston and Marcus Mariota, better invest in a good pair of headphones ...

That's 'cause Giants punter Steve Weatherford tells TMZ Sports they'll need them in the locker room, where NFL rookies have absolutely NO SAY in what music bumps.

Weatherford was out in NYC (looking impeccable as always) when we asked him about the sonic dynamic of an NFL locker room ... basically what gets played and by who.

Check out the clip -- Steve says NOTHING gets played by the young guys. He goes on to say that if you want some jam time in the locker room you better have major time logged in the league.

He also let it slip that he loves to listen to Taylor Swift ... we heard that Steve.

NY Giants Co-Owner

No MMA For My Players

'The Risk Is Too High'

2/17/2015 4:47 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

021715_steve_tisch_launch_v5Think an NFL owner wants to see one of his players fight in an MMA match? HELL NO ... so says NY Giants honcho Steve Tisch who says there's NO WAY he'd let one of his stars get into the octagon. 

Of course, the topic came up thanks to New England Pats star Chandler Jones ... who says he wants to fight his big bro, UFC champ Jon Jones, in a 1-round charity match. 

But Tisch says ... if Jones was one of the G-Men, he'd shut those plans down in a New York minute. 

"I think the risk is too high," Tisch says ... "That wouldn't make me happy."

In fact, Tisch says he's always worried that when his players engage in off-the-field activities, he fears Murphy's Law ... that whatever can go wrong, will go wrong. 

Translation -- don't plan on seeing Victor Cruz go skydiving anytime soon. 

Tisch compares fighting to another ... maybe more dangerous activity ... and says if star WR Victor Cruz wanted to do this ... "that wouldn't make me happy."

NY Giants Player

Hey, Shawn Michaels ...

I'm Your Biggest Fan!

2/10/2015 9:11 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

021015_shawn_michaels_launchThis is a GREAT moment caught on video ...

There we were, talking with WWE legend Shawn Michaels, when a MASSIVE dude nervously began to shuffle into the frame. 

With a giant grin on his face, the man tapped Shawn on the shoulder ... and then, like a kid meeting his hero, he explained that he's a NY Giants player ... and Shawn was one of his idols growing up. 

It's awesome -- the player is defensive tackle Jay Bromley, a 3rd round pick from Syracuse who just completed his rookie season. 

Michaels is clearly impressed ... and the two proceeded to bro out ... even after Shawn broke the news he's a Cowboys fan. 

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