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Julio Jones Pay Le'Veon Bell ... Hates the Franchise Tag!

3/6/2018 4:15 PM PST

Julio Jones is going to bat for Le'Veon Bell -- saying the Pittsburgh Steelers should sign the man to the HUGE contract he wants ... instead of slapping him with the franchise tag again. 

FYI, franchise tagged players are essentially locked to their team in a 1-year deal. In Bell's case, the Steelers must pay him 120% of his previous salary because it's the 2nd year in a row he's been tagged. 

Bell got $12.1 mil in 2017 -- so, he'll be making around $14.5 in 2018. Not bad ... but Bell has previously told TMZ Sports he's looking for a $100 million contract and hopes to stay in Pittsburgh for the rest of his career. 

Enter Jones, who says Bell is a stud player and tells us, "I wish they could do away with the franchise tag."

There's more with Jones -- he also gives us an update on the diamond earring he lost in a lake last year and tells us if he's got any plans to pursue a career in Hollywood!

JuJu Smith-Schuster Surprises Steelers Fans ... Helps Girl Score Prom Date!!!

2/24/2018 10:43 AM PST

Stud Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster got a Hail Mary attempt from a high school girl looking to spice up her promposal, and as expected ... he came through big-time.

Here's how it went down -- Cate Bauer, a junior at Manasquan High School in New Jersey, hit up JuJu on Instagram earlier this week to see if he would help with asking her BF Brian Mason, who attends another local school, to her prom.

Since Brian and his family are diehard Steelers fans, JuJu was happy to assist ... and decided to pull it off with a surprise FaceTime call Friday.

Check out the vid -- the plan goes off without a hitch, and not only is Brian stoked (and he says yes) ... but his dad totally geeks out too!

JuJu's reward for his good deed -- as he tells everyone --  is a cruise to Mexico. Hopefully he takes Brian's dad's advice down there.

Joe Haden I'd Drop $10K for Marty McFly Kicks Wait ... That's Not Enough?!

2/17/2018 12:10 AM PST

NFL star Joe Haden says he wants a pair of super rare (and expensive) "Back to the Future" sneakers for his epic collection, but there's 1 problem ...

The $10K he wants to throw down ain't gonna cut it!!

FYI, Haden recently shared a pic of his shoe-seum ... so when we saw him leaving Delilah in L.A., we had to ask if there was a Mona Lisa out there he needed to have.

Joe told TMZ Sports he wanted Nike's Marty McFly shoes ... and he'd be willing to drop "about 10 bands" to get 'em.

Problem is ... Haden specifically said he wanted the self-lacing 2016 joints -- which are currently going for around $30K. The 2011 first editions are closer to $10k a pop.

Guessing Joe can swing it, though ... dude spends MILLIONS on luxury cars every year!

Le'Veon Bell Tired of Steelers Contract BS ... Let's Get it Done!

2/2/2018 9:15 AM PST

Le'Veon Bell says he doesn't wanna play anywhere but Pittsburgh ... but he wants a long-term deal ASAP 'cause the whole process is wearin' him out.

"I just wanna get a deal done. I'm tired of having to deal with this every year," Le'Veon told TMZ Sports at EA Sports' Pre-Super Bowl party in Minny.

Remember -- Bell skipped the entire preseason 'cause he wanted the Steelers to pay him what he's worth. Ultimately, he ended his holdout and signed the franchise tag for $12 mil.

But good news for Steelers fans -- the superstar RB told us they're "in a better spot" with negotiations than last offseason ... so stay tuned.

Le'Veon also spoke with us about his teammate, Ryan Shazier, who was just discharged from the hospital ... and explained why he thinks Shazier can make it back onto the field one day.

JuJu Smith-Schuster Flips Off Pats Fan In Tom Brady Jersey

1/30/2018 2:28 PM PST
Breaking News

JuJu Smith-Schuster is playin' with fire!!!

The Pittsburgh Steelers rookie WR was asked to take a pic with a fan who happened to be wearing a Tom Brady jersey ... and he obliged. 


JuJu posted the pic on social media with the caption, "rt when you see it."

Yeah, we see it!! 

It's funny -- gotta wonder if Mike Tomlin's laughing about it, too (hint: no). 

BTW, JuJu lit up the Patriots when they played in Week 15 -- racking up 6 catches for 114 yards including a 69-yard crossing route that ALMOST won the game for the Steelers.

They ended up losing 27-24 when Big Ben threw a pic from the 7-yard line with time running out in the 4th quarter. 

Can't wait for the rematch!!!

Jacksonville Bakery Trolls Big Ben How Do These Turnovers Taste?!

1/17/2018 6:44 AM PST
Breaking News

A Jacksonville bakery is rubbing salt in the wound after the Steelers' playoff loss to the Jaguars -- sending Ben Roethlisberger a care package of fresh-baked turnover pastries!!


"We appreciated the turnovers you gave us over our season so in return we wanted you to get a TASTE of 7 turnovers," Cinotti's Bakery wrote to Roethlisberger.

"So here are our very best apple, blueberry and cherry turnovers!" 

To be fair ... Big Ben actually played pretty well against the Jags -- throwing for 5 TDs and almost 500 yards -- but he did turn the ball over twice, and 7 times total when you include their regular-season game.

Silver lining -- the joint's got 4 stars on Yelp. Maybe Ben will actually enjoy 'em??

Steelers vs. Jags WAGS Duke It Out ... With Smokin' Hot Pics

1/14/2018 12:40 AM PST

The Steelers are favored by a touchdown for their NFL playoff showdown with the Jags -- but do the boys in Black in Yellow score bigger off the field, too?

For the answer, we here at TMZ Sports have compiled the best of both team's red-hot WAGS ... and we gotta say, this one's going down to the wire.

But, judge for yourself ... using these shots of their better halves in bikinis and other attire -- but mostly bikinis.

Yeah ... don't feel too bad for whoever loses on Sunday.

NFL's Todd Haley & Wife In NYE Bar Fight ... Coach Suffers Hip Injury

1/2/2018 3:05 PM PST
Breaking News

Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley had a messed up New Year's Eve -- he and his wife were escorted out of a bar during an NYE scuffle ... with Todd reportedly injuring his hip in the process. 

The Pittsburgh Police Dept. have confirmed cops were called to the Tequila Cowboy restaurant just after midnight "for a minor scuffle involving Haley's wife."

"The scuffle was quickly ended. Todd Haley was not involved nor injured. Todd and Christine Haley were escorted out. No injuries. No charges."

But the drama continued OUTSIDE the bar, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport who says Todd was shoved to the ground in a 2nd altercation.  

The Pittsburgh Steelers confirmed Todd was injured -- but expect him to return to work this week. 

So far, no arrests have been made. 

Haley's not the first Steelers coach to be involved in a bar fight -- last January, Joey Porter was arrested outside of a Pittsburgh bar after getting into it with a bouncer. He eventually pled guilty to disorderly conduct. 

NFL's Ryan Shazier Eric LeGrand Reaches Out ... I Can Help You!

12/24/2017 12:40 AM PST

It's unclear if Pittsburgh Steelers LB Ryan Shazier will ever walk again -- but he's got a new ally who knows EXACTLY what he's going through ... Eric LeGrand

LeGrand -- a former Rutgers football player -- was paralyzed in 2010 while making a tackle on a kickoff in a game against Army.  

He busted his ass in rehab and made tremendous progress in his recovery -- Eric vows to walk again. 

Now, LeGrand tells TMZ Sports ... he's already reached out to Shazier to offer any assistance he can provide to the NFL player -- whether it's advice, friendship or doctor recommendations. 

"We're sending him a bunch of Team LeGrand stuff. I'm sending him my book and I'm hoping everything works out well for him because he's in our prayers and we're there for him."

Nick Young NFL 'Always Cheat for the Patriots'

12/24/2017 12:25 AM PST

Nick Young says it's painfully obvious why the Patriots are so damn successful -- the NFL's CHEATING FOR THEM.

On the same night as his accidental Iggy Azalea reunion, we also got Swaggy P to weigh in on the controversial Pats-Steelers ending from last Sunday. 

Young told us Pittsburgh got screwed on the overturned TD call ... not like it surprised him. 

"Yeah man, they got cheated," Young told TMZ Sports. "They always cheat for the Patriots ... they can't do no wrong."

Swaggy even speculated the NFL might have its own Tim Donaghy problem ... saying gambling probably played a role in the Pats getting the W.

Guess he's a Rams fan?

Claudia Jordan Roethlisberger Should Be In Jail ... 'Very Questionable'

12/17/2017 12:50 AM PST

Claudia Jordan's taking a serious shot at Ben Roethlisberger before his Steelers take on her Patriots this Sunday ... pointing to past sexual assault allegations against the QB.

"Steelers, your quarterback is very questionable. He should be in jail," Claudia told TMZ Sports outside Delilah in L.A.

Remember -- Big Ben was accused of sexual assault by two separate women in 2008 and 2010 ...  but no criminal charges were brought against him in either case.

But, the former 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' star clearly ain't buying Roethlisberger's innocence.

Jordan also took a parting shot at all the Steelers -- saying their 1-point win over the Ravens last weekend proves they ain't on the Pats' level.

New Orleans Saints Players We Support Mike Mitchell ... Hilarious Video!

12/8/2017 10:21 AM PST

Mike Mitchell's scathing video takedown of the NFL -- and Commissioner Roger Goodell -- is resonating with other players ... especially two guys on the New Orleans Saints. 

TMZ Sports spoke with Saints CB Sterling Moore and LB Craig Robertson before they played the Falcons in Atlanta on Thursday ... and they both made it clear they stand by Mitchell. 

FYI, Mitchell -- safety for the Pittsburgh Steelers -- went off on the NFL and Goodell over recent suspensions and fines levied against defensive players. The video went viral. 

But if you don't care about the league drama ... watch the video anyway -- these guys are hilarious! 

Steelers' JuJu Smith-Schuster I Finally Got My Driver's License! ... At 20 Years Old

11/7/2017 8:27 AM PST
Breaking News

Big day for Pittsburgh Steelers WR JuJu Smith-Schuster ... the 20-year-old is FINALLY licensed to drive a car.

For some reason, the NFL rookie never got around to getting his license when he was 16 ... and had been using a bike (which was recently stolen) to get back and forth to the Steelers training facility. 


JuJu hooked up with the Rogers School of Driving in Pittsburgh -- and trained up to get behind the wheel. He tweeted, "Your boy finally did it ... just got my license!"

Just make sure you get a car with an alarm system ... okay JuJu??

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