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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
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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.

Rob Bironas

Wasted the Night of Fatal Accident

10/3/2014 3:46 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Ex-Titans kicker Rob Bironas was hammered -- with a blood alcohol content njearly 3 times the legal limit -- the night he wrecked his SUV and died in Nashville.

The toxicology report shows Bironas' BAC was .218 when he died on September 20. Police released test results to his family today. The report also revealed he died from blunt force trauma ... and had a small amount of Diazepam (Valium) in his system.

Rob's wife, Rachel -- who is Terry Bradshaw's daughter -- told police Rob might have had one beer at home that night ... before he unexpectedly took off in his vehicle without telling her.

His father released a statement saying Rob didn't commonly drink and drive. He added, "Rob made a mistake and he paid the ultimate price."

Ex Titans Kicker Rob Bironas

Dead at 36

Crashes Car Into Trees

9/21/2014 7:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0921-rob-bironas-getty-01Former Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas -- Terry Bradshaw's son-in-law -- died Saturday night after he lost control of his SUV and crashed into a line of trees.

The Metro Nashville PD says Bironas was traveling fast in his 2009 GMC Yukon Denali when he lost control in a curve shortly after 11 p.m.

Cops say the SUV veered off the road and struck a bunch of trees before it flipped over. Bironas was rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

Cops also say there was no evidence of alcohol or drugs. They believe Bironas was heading home ... because the accident occurred less than a mile from his house.

Rob married Terry Bradshaw's oldest daughter Rachel back in June ... and even though Bironas was no longer a Titan -- Terry jokingly told our photog before the wedding Rob still had permission to marry her.

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Terry Bradshaw

I'll Still Let Rob Bironas Marry My Daughter

... Even Though He Got Cut

3/26/2014 7:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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No job? No problem ... at least for Terry Bradshaw who tells TMZ Sports he's still cool with Rob Bironas marrying his oldest daughter -- even after the NFL kicker got cut by the Titans. 

As we previously reported, Rachel Bradshaw said "yes" when Bironas popped the question last year ... and they set a wedding date for June. 

But that was before Rob lost his job.

So, when we saw Terry out in D.C. this morning, we had to ask ... you still cool with Rachel marrying an unemployed dude?

Chris Johnson

NAE NAE FAIL

At Houston Nightclub

3/11/2014 10:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Chris Johnson can not do the "Nae Nae" ... and it's sad. 

He tried ... but he failed ... and TMZ Sports has the video.

The Tennessee Titans running back (at least for now) hit up Limelight nightclub in Houston Sunday night where the DJ brought the NFL star to the front of the stage to bust out some dance moves for the crowd.



But when the DJ broke out his "Nae Nae" ... CJ couldn't keep up ... and bailed out mid-Nae.

FYI -- The Nae Nae has become a huge phenomenon with athletes -- with Dwight Howard even starring in the official music video.   

CJ2K wasn't the only star in the club that night -- Vince Young was there too. 

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No word on how he paid to get in.

NFL Kicker

Showdown with Terry Bradshaw

'Can I Marry Your Daughter?'

3/5/2014 12:43 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0305_bradshaws_bironas_gettyTerry Bradshaw had a serious decision to make recently -- do I really let a kicker marry my daughter???

Don't worry ... to the delight of Tennessee Titans star Rob Bironas, he said "Yes!"

In case you didn't put two and two together, Bironas is engaged to Terry's oldest daughter Rachel ... but before he popped the question, Rob went the traditional route and asked Terry for his blessing. 

"I felt waiting a year before asking for his blessing was both respectful and good timing since I was in season," Rob says. 

When he finally got the chance (early one morning at Terry's Oklahoma ranch) ... Rob says the 1-on-1 session with his future father-in-law couldn't have gone better. 

“He didn't give me much grief at all. He took it easy on me.” 

"The truth is I knew I was going to marry Rachel when I first met her. It was a waiting game. I bought her ring six months earlier and had it sitting in a safe and I couldn't wait to put it on her finger."

The two are set to tie the knot in June. Congrats!

Ex-NFL Cheerleader

Accused of Grabbing

12-Year-Old's Penis

3/21/2013 9:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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A former NFL cheerleader has been charged with aggravated sexual battery after allegedly grabbing a 12-year-old boy's penis outside his pants ... and attempting to perform oral sex on him.

42-year-old Elizabeth Garner -- who cheered for the Tennessee Titans until 2009 -- was also charged with solicitation of a minor for rape of a child.

According to law enforcement, Garner -- who is married -- is accused of following the 12-year-old to the bathroom during a party last month hosted by the boy's mother, grabbing his penis over his shorts ... and attempting to remove them in order to perform oral sex on him.

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The boy escaped, told his mother what happened ... and the mother then informed authorities. According to police, the boy said Garner asked if he'd ever been with a woman.

During a police interview, cops claim Garner willingly admitted she approached the boy ... but said she was drunk and had confused him with an (adult) man at the party. (We'll see how that defense pans out.)

Garner -- who was booked on $30,000 bond -- faces more than 8 years in prison if convicted.

NFL Superstar Chris Johnson

Hot Club, Hot Chicks

... Hot Dogs

2/27/2013 7:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson is so damn fast ... he went to a nightclub, pulled a bunch of chicks AND scarfed a hot dog ... all in the blink of an eye.

Johnson hit up Supperclub in Hollywood last night ... sporting a pair of pants that sagged down below his ass cheeks. Hey, it's the style ...

But the chicks didn't seem to mind ... 'cause after Johnson was finished inside the club, he ordered some street meat (one of those sidewalk hot dogs) ... and proceeded to chat up a couple of ladies.

Eventually, the chicks climbed into a waiting SUV ... and a few minutes later, Chris joined the group.

Somewhere, General Larry Platt is FUMING!!!

Junior Seau

Chargers Retire No. 55

During Emotional Tribute

9/16/2012 8:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The San Diego Chargers honored the memory of Junior Seau today before their home opener against the Tennessee Titans and officially retired the NFL superstar's jersey -- No. 55.

Seau's parents and children were down on the field during the emotional tribute -- which was officiated by legendary Chargers QB Dan Fouts.

Fouts said, "There is only one Junior Seau and only one 55 ... and they belong together forever.”

Seau played 13 seasons with the Chargers and was selected for 12 Pro-bowl appearances.

Seau was found dead in his home on May 2 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 43.

Vince Young

$1.69 Mil Mistake -- Failed

to Repay 'Lockout Loan'

8/10/2012 8:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Vince Young is in trouble ... the struggling NFL star is on the hook for $1.69 million ... after failing to pay back a high risk, high interest "lockout loan" that he took out back when he was a member of the Tennessee Titans ... this according to court docs.

According to court docs obtained by TMZ, Vince went to Pro Player Funding in May 2011 -- during the middle of the NFL lockout -- and took out a loan for $1.876,876.88. PPF is a company which specialized in "lockout loans" for NFL guys looking to cover their bills during the pay freeze.

Young's loan was VERY high risk ... with high interest rates and a clause that allowed PPF to call in the entire amount due, plus interest, if Vince missed ONE payment.

And according to court docs, that's exactly what happened in May 2012 ... right after Young left the Philadelphia Eagles and signed a new deal with the Buffalo Bills, he missed his payment.

PPF instantly went to the court and obtained a judgment against Young ... ordering the NFL star to pay back the remaining balance on his loan ... plus interest ... totaling $1.69 million.

The number is close to the salary Vince will be making with the Bills this season -- he signed a 1-year deal worth $1.9 mil.

Young's situation is virtually identical to Baltimore Ravens lineman Bryant McKinnie ... who took out a $4 million loan with PPF on the eve of the 2011 NFL lockout ... and also didn't pay it back.

Bryant reportedly struck a settlement deal with PPF earlier this week ... agreeing to pay half of the $3.2 he's scheduled to make with the Ravens in 2012.

During the lockout, several NFL players spoke out against loans of this sort claiming they weren't in the best interest of the players ... and now Young and McKinnie seem to be living proof.

The loan drama is just the latest legal nightmare for Young ... the QB recently sued his former agent  and financial advisor for allegedly cheating him out of $5.5 million Vince was supposed to have earned in his rookie contract and through endorsement deals.

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10:02 AM PT -- Vince's rep tells TMZ ... Young blames his former financial advisor, Ronnie T. Peoples, for pushing him to take out the loan.

The rep adds, "Vince is currently involved in litigation after he filed suit against Mr. Peoples for misappropriating millions. Vince has brought in a new team that are in the process of correcting the prior mismanagement.”

Kenny Britt

NFL Star Arrested for DUI

at U.S. Army Base

7/20/2012 9:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt has been arrested ... again ... this time for driving under the influence in Kentucky ... TMZ has learned.

The NFL star was taken into custody by the Fort Campbell Police Department at 3:30 AM Tuesday while attempting to drive on to Fort Campbell -- a U.S. Army base located on the border of Kentucky and Tennessee.

We're told Britt was with a soldier at the time of the arrest.

Britt's cherry red 2008 Dodge Challenger was taken to a nearby impound lot (pictured below).

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It DEFINITELY ain't Kenny's first brush with the law ... the 23-year-old was busted back in April 2011 for careless driving ... and in June 2011, he was popped in New Jersey for resisting arrest.

A rep for Fort Campbell tells TMZ the incident is "under investigation."

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11:45AM PT -- MPs tell us Britt refused a breathalyzer test, and has been charged with DUI. He was released, and escorted off the base.

NFL Star Chris Johnson

Threatens Lawsuit Over

'Dreads on a Stick'

11/5/2011 4:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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running back Chris Johnson ain't just takin' on the Bengals this weekend -- he's also going after two guys allegedly trying to profit off the NFL star's dreadlocks without his permission.

Johnson is furious ... after learning about a product called, "Dreads on a Stick" -- which were being marketed as fun wig-type thing fans can wear to support CJ.

The guys behind the product launched a website to sell the "Dreads"-- which featured Chris' name and image.

But CJ tells TMZ ... he NEVER approved the product and doesn't want his fans to be duped into thinking he had anything to do with it ... so he's unleashed his lawyers to make things right.

Johnson tells us, "My lawyers on are on it ... the site has already been shut down ... and I'm investigating to see if these guys made any money off of this deceptive scheme."

TMZ spoke to one of the guys behind "Dreads," who tell us, "This is bulls**t ... we're going to put this site back up and still promote dreads on a stick."

He adds, "We've been involved with Chris Johnson and his business team for the last 6 months."

NFL Star Chris Johnson -- Why Are The Cops Here?

5/4/2011 7:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson got a knock on his door from the cops yesterday ... and according to the NFL star, it all went down because he's, "Young, black and rich."

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TMZ has confirmed ... the Orlando Police Department got an anonymous "non-specific" tip about  high-end cars entering and exiting Johnson's condo complex yesterday afternoon.

We're told cops performed a "knock and talk" at Johnson's Florida residence to follow up on the tip. When cops arrived to Johnson's home, he was "cooperative" and "cordial" -- and in the middle of a shoot for a TV project.

Law enforcement tells us they checked out the scene -- and determined there was absolutely nothing illegal about the situation ... and left without incident.

Moments after cops walked out the door, Johnson tweeted, "Y did the police just walk in my condo saying they think it's drug activity because it's alot of traffic but it was the MTV camera crew."

He added, "Hard being young, black and rich."

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