Aaron Rodgers Enjoys Day At Churchill Downs ... Smokes Stogie, Hangs With Davante Adams!!!

Aaron Rodgers' awesome offseason kept right on rolling on Friday ... as he seemed to have a helluva time at Churchill Downs, smokin' stogies and hanging out with his good pal, Davante Adams!

The New York Jets superstar hit up the venerable race track in Louisville for the Kentucky Oaks one day before the Kentucky Derby went down ... and he looked like he was having a blast.

He was spotted enjoying a cigar -- and chatting it up with a bunch of famous people ... including Adams, who he was teammates with in Green Bay for nearly a decade.

Brett Favre I Hope My Absence At SB LVIII Doesn't Jinx Chiefs ... They're 2-0 With Me There!!!


Brett Favre has been a bit of a good luck charm for the Kansas City Chiefs -- they're 2-0 when he's attended their recent Super Bowls -- but he can't make it to the big game this weekend ... and now, he's hoping that doesn't jinx Patrick Mahomes and Co.

The NFL legend tells TMZ Sports ... because of his close relationship with Andy Reid, he's previously gone out to two of K.C.'s three most recent SB appearances to give a championship pep talk to the team.

Both times, he said, they won ... so, naturally, Reid invited him out to Las Vegas this week to keep the streak going.

However, Favre says he's not going to be able to be in attendance this year -- and he's nervous about the juju it might bring to Chiefs Kingdom.

"Knock on wood!" the ex-Packers quarterback said.

Superstitions aside, Favre tells us he's super proud of what Reid has accomplished since the two worked together in Green Bay way back in the 1990s ... telling us he could see even then that Reid had this in him.

In fact, he says he's never seen Andy happier ... and he can't fathom Big Red retiring after Sunday no matter what happens against the 49ers.

"He's enjoying -- maybe more so than any other time in his career -- what he's doing," Favre said. "He seems to be in a really good place."

While it seems Favre will be in KC's corner by the time kickoff rolls around at Allegiant Stadium ... he did offer some big praise for Brock Purdy too -- and he even had some words of advice for the young Niners QB heading into the game as well.

Brett Favre espera que su ausencia en Super Bowl No perjudique a los Chiefs

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Brett Favre ha sido un amuleto de la buena suerte para los Kansas City Chiefs, les va muy bien las veces que ha asistido a sus recientes Super Bowls, pero no puede llegar al gran juego de este fin de semana, y ahora, espera que esto no le traiga mala suerte a Patrick Mahomes y a su equipo.

La leyenda de la NFL le dice a TMZ Sports que debido a su estrecha relación con Andy Reid, ha ido previamente a dos de las tres más recientes participaciones del equipo para darle una charla a los jugadores.

En ambas ocasiones ganaron, así que naturalmente, Reid lo invitó a Las Vegas esta semana para mantener la buena racha.

Sin embargo, Favre dice que no va a ser capaz de estar presente este año y está nervioso por la mala suerte que esto le podría traerle al Reino de los Chiefs.

"¡Toco madera!", dijo el ex quarterback de los Packers.

Supersticiones aparte, Favre nos dice que está muy orgulloso de lo que Reid ha logrado desde que los dos trabajaron juntos en Green Bay en los 90s, diciéndonos que podía ver incluso entonces que Reid tenía algo especial.

De hecho, él dice que nunca ha visto a Andy más feliz y no puede concebir a Big Red retirándose después del domingo, no importa lo que pase contra los 49ers.

"Él está disfrutando -tal vez más que en cualquier otro momento de su carrera- lo que está haciendo", dijo Favre. "Parece estar en un buen momento".

Aunque parece que Favre estará en la esquina de KC para cuando comience el partido en el Allegiant Stadium... también elogió a Brock Purdy  e incluso tuvo algunos consejos para el joven quarterback de los Niners de cara al partido.

Brett Favre I Spoke With Toby Keith Days Before Death ... 'He Was Just Tired'

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Brett Favre says he was concerned for his good pal Toby Keith in the days leading up to the country music star's death ... telling TMZ Sports that after speaking recently with the musician, he could tell the guy was simply exhausted.

The former Green Bay Packers quarterback said he gave Keith a ring just two weeks ago to check in on him ... after he noticed the 62-year-old didn't look so hot following some December performances in Las Vegas.

Favre -- who told us he would call Keith every three-or-so months following his stomach cancer diagnosis -- said the "Red Solo Cup" crooner complained about the damage chemotherapy had done to his body during ... before adding that Keith seemed fatigued.

"I think in the end," Favre said, "he was just tired."

"He did say that to me when we had our conversation," the Hall of Famer continued. "He said, 'Brett, whatever happens, I'm OK with it.'"

Keith ended up passing away days later, on Feb. 5, while surrounded by his family.

Favre -- who first befriended Keith at a concert near Lambeau Field back in the 90s -- was heartbroken over the news ... though he was clearly proud of how Keith battled in his final days.

"He handled it with grace and faith and family," Favre said, "and stood up to the cancer about as good as you can."

Favre then recalled some of his favorite memories with Keith -- which included several fun trips around golf courses.

"I can't remember a good or a bad shot he hit," Favre said of one of their outings, "I can just remember him smiling, and had everyone hooting and hollering and having a lot of fun."

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"He was an entertainer," Favre added. "He was the best."

Kristin Juszczyk Strikes Licensing Deal With NFL ... After Taylor Swift's Jacket Goes Viral

Kristin Juszczyk has gone official ... just days after her custom NFL fits went viral -- with some help from Taylor Swift -- the league granted her a licensing deal to use their logos on her designs!

The deal was struck this week, according to Sportico ... allowing Juszczyk -- who is married to 49ers star fullback Kyle Juszczyk -- will be able to legally use the logos of NFL teams for men's and women's clothing.

The financial terms of the agreement aren't known.

Kristin's brand is one of the hottest things going right now ... all since she received the best free marketing ever from Swift, who rocked her puffer coat design (an ode to Travis' #87) to the frigid Chiefs vs. Dolphins game in Kansas City on January 13.

Brittany Mahomes also wore a custom Juszczyk jacket with Patrick Mahomes' jersey number ... as did Olympic gymnastics legend Simone Biles, who wore a bubble vest representing her husband Jonathan Owens.

Olivia Culpo -- who's engaged to Christian McCaffrey -- also modeled a 49ers bustier by Juszczyk for the Divisional Round game this month.

And, it's not just the WAGs rockin' Juszczyk's custom designs ... "Twilight" actor Taylor Lautner wore a dope Aidan Hutchinson jacket at a Detroit Lions playoff game a few weeks ago.

While Juszczyk's amazing work has just recently grabbed the public's attention, she's been building the business for years, and now the hard work has paid off.

"She’s been grinding for years now and working so hard," Kyle said.

"I'm so happy to see her get her stuff out there, everybody sees it and recognizes it was hers."

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Expect to see more of Kristin's work at Super Bowl LVIII (though probably no puffer coats in the desert) ... and seasons to come!

Saweetie and P-Lo Do It For The Bay ... And Beat Those Packers!!!

Saweetie clearly wasn't capping about switching her focus to her music after her YG split -- the Icy Girl has laced up her studio cleats for an official San Francisco 49ers stadium anthem!!!

On Friday, Saweetie and her Bay Area bro P-Lo went half on a new song titled "Do It For The Bay," just in time for their squad's upcoming divisional round matchup against the Green Bay Packers.

The track's tailor-made for touchdowns and hurls a shoutout to everything from the coastline to their Bay Area OG, E-40 ... who's also a 49ers diehard.

The 49ers' Sr. Brand Marketing Director Allie Dicken says the rappers captured The Bay's core values with their collab ... any boost they can get is valuable.


The Packers just toppled the Dallas Cowboys after being picked as the underdog ... it's gonna be a tough battle on the field!!!

Earlier in the week, Saweetie and YG revealed they mutually ended their relationship of roughly 7 months, mainly because they're too busy with their careers.

Carving out hits for the NFL will take up most of your time!!!

Jordan Love Girlfriend Savagely Trolls Cowboys ... Where Dem Boyz Going?!


Jordan Love’s longtime GF Ronika Stone could hardly wait to roast "Dem Boyz" after the Cowboys lopsided loss to the Packers on Sunday ... the pro volleyball player had some (good-natured fun) at the expense of a bunch of Dallas fans who hit the exits early!

Of course, the Cowboys lost 48-32 (they were down 27-0 in the first half) ... and Stone, the First Lady of Cheesehead Nation, had a prime seat, sitting mid-field as she watched her man carve up the Dallas defense.

Stone made a beeline for IG in the second half, mocking the Cowboys for the L as she took video of fans leaving early.

“Leaving so soon Cowboys fans?!” Stone gleefully asked.

“What happened? I thought we were Dem Boyz,” she continued, as her sister laughed in the background.


Ronika -- a former standout athlete at the University of Oregon -- didn't stop with just an IG story post ... she also headed for TikTok to talk a little trash.

“Just checking in to see if y’all are still dem boyz?!”

Love played out of his mind on Sunday, throwing for 272 passing yards and 3 touchdowns. He completed over 76% of his passes and finished with a near-perfect QB rating.

Jordan's performance was one of the best playoff debuts ever for a QB, bottom line.

Chances are things are going to get a good deal harder this weekend when the Packers go on the road to face the #1 seed 49ers, who are 9.5-point favorites (GB was 7.5 dogs to DAL).

Ronika, we'll see ya at Levi's Stadium!

Dez Bryant Blasts Cowboys During Shocking Packers Loss ... 'Too Damn Talented For This'

Dez Bryant was posting through the pain during the Cowboys' shocking loss to the Packers on Sunday ... sharing his roller coaster of emotions on social media as his beloved team got booted from the playoffs.

The former All-Pro receiver was high on Dallas before kickoff ... saying he was "feeling EXTREMELY EXTREMELY great" about America's Team and claiming a $10,000 payday was on the line.

But things quickly went south for Dez ... as Green Bay came out strong with a 27-0 lead and never looked back.

That's when Dez -- who played for the Cowboys from 2010-2017 -- started to unravel.

"Idk wtf going on but we really need straighten up," Dez said ... still holding out hope for a comeback. He later bashed Cowboys staffers ... adding, "Playing (sic) calling trash as f*** right now."

As Dallas started to pick things up in the second half, Dez remained optimistic ... saying, "I still believe in us… game not over" and "If we can score one more time before the 3rd up. I like our chances."

In fact, he claimed he was about to make a live bet on Dallas completing the comeback ... but shortly after, he accepted the inevitable outcome.

"Yea this one might be over."

Bryant gave his two cents on the future of the Cowboys ... saying the organization should fire defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.

"Quinn was ready to leave Dallas," Dez posted. "Fire his ass Jerry and give him his wish."

But it doesn't sound like Bryant is solely putting the blame on Quinn ... as he said the current roster was "too damn talented for this."

Green Bay ended up taking the 48-32 victory ... securing a spot in the Divisional Round, where they'll face the San Francisco 49ers. It was certainly not what people were expecting ... as Dallas was believed to be a Super Bowl contender, and the Packers snuck into the postseason with a 10-8 record.

Gotta give Dez credit for being 100% real throughout his heartbreak ... and he got over his troubles with the help of an adult beverage.

"Going to grab a drink smh."

Brett Favre Heaps Praise On Jordan Love ... 'All I Can Say Is Wow'

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Brett Favre is Love-ing what he's seeing from Jordan Love ... telling TMZ Sports he's been wildly impressed with what the young signal-caller has done in Green Bay this year.

"All I can say is wow," Favre told us.

Love has come on strong over the last couple months to lift Green Bay to a playoff appearance -- something Aaron Rodgers couldn't do in GB last year -- and Favre says it's quite frankly blown him away.

"Right now," the Packers legend said, "he's playing as good as any quarterback in the league."

Favre openly admits he didn't believe the Packers had a chance to make the postseason prior to the start of the year ... but Love's play has obviously changed things.

Now, it's all got Favre wondering if the team could actually upset the Dallas Cowboys in the Wild Card-round this weekend.

"Dallas is going to be a tough opponent," Favre said, "but I'd hate to be the team that has to play the Packers in the playoffs."

Kickoff for the big game is slated for 1:30 PM -- and while the Pack are 7.5-point underdogs, it's clear Favre wouldn't be shocked to see Green Bay advance.

As for the advice he'd give to the 25-year-old QB heading into his firs-ever postseason tilt -- Brett says it'd be simple ... "Enjoy the moment."

"You can only play in your first playoff game one time," Favre said. "Enjoy the moment."

Packers' Jaire Alexander Suspended Over Coin Toss Debacle ... At Panthers Game

Jaire Alexander's eyebrow-raising actions during Sunday's pregame ceremonies have just cost him dearly ... because the Packers revealed Wednesday they're suspending him for the debacle.

If you missed it, the Green Bay cornerback ruffled some serious feathers over the weekend when he nearly blew the coin toss for his team just prior to its tilt with the Panthers in Carolina.

Alexander unexpectedly joined the Packers' captains at midfield ... called tails, and when he told the refs he wanted to start the game on defense -- it almost cost the Pack a possession.

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Thankfully for Alexander and Green Bay, the snafu got cleared up and the team went on to win 33-30 ... but on Wednesday, the Packers made it clear they're furious over the situation.

General manager Brian Gutekunst said the 26-year-old has been banned one game for the incident ... adding in a statement, "Jaire's actions prior to the game in Carolina led us to take this step."

"As an organization, we have an expectation that everyone puts the team first."

Gutekunst also said the team and Alexander had a conversation about the situation Wednesday morning and the org. "fully" expects him "to learn from this as we move forward together."

Alexander has not publicly commented since the ban was announced -- though in a postgame meeting with reporters Sunday, he didn't show much remorse for his actions ... appearing to say he took it upon himself to go out with the captains since the Packers were playing in his hometown of Charlotte.

Alexander is widely regarded as one of the best young corners in the game -- he's made two Pro Bowls in his six-year career -- although injuries have sidelined him for most of this season.

The 7-8 Packers -- who are currently on the outside of the NFC playoff picture looking in -- will finish out the regular season with games against Minnesota and Chicago.

Simone Biles No estoy embarazada!!! ... Acalla los rumores

Simone Biles quiere que todo el mundo deje de hablar sobre los rumores de embarazo, asegurándole a sus fans que no está esperando un bebé en el corto plazo después de que un reciente post en Instagram despertara las especulaciones.

Los fans de Biles comenzaron a conjeturar después de que la mejor gimnasta de todos los tiempos publicara una foto suya en el partido de los Packers vs. Giants el lunes, al que asistió para ver a su marido Jonathan Owens hacer lo suyo.

Algunos seguidores sintieron que la imagen ofrecía algún indicio de que ella podría estar embarazada, con uno diciendo: "Esta foto está enviando vibraciones de bebé".

Otro fan comentó: "¿Está embarazada? Estoy tan feliz por ellos!! ❤️❤️❤️"

Sin embargo, Biles, que se casó con Owens en abril, tuvo que poner fin a todas las habladurías y aclaró todo en su perfil el miércoles por la mañana.

"Odio tener que abordar esto, pero por favor dejen de comentar en esta foto o en mi Instagram en general que estoy embarazada", dijo Biles.

"No estoy embarazada".

Cuando se comprometieron el año pasado, sin embargo, Biles hizo mención durante un Q&A que Owens, que firmó un contrato de 1 año con los Packers en mayo, quiere un "equipo de fútbol" en el futuro y ella solo quiere dos niños.

Parece que su objetivo en este momento es llegar a los Juegos Olímpicos de París 2024 y los bebés vendrán en una fecha posterior.

Simone Biles I'm Not Pregnant!!! ... Shuts Down Rumors

Simone Biles wants everyone to pump the brakes on all the pregnancy talk ... assuring her fans she is not expecting a baby anytime soon after a recent Instagram post was met with speculation.

Biles' fans started to wonder after the gymnastics G.O.A.T. posted a photo of herself at the Packers vs. Giants game on Monday ... where she watched her husband, Green Bay safety Jonathan Owens, do his thing.

Some followers felt like the picture gave some sort of hint she was carrying a bun in the oven ... with one saying, "Picture is sending baby vibes."

Another fan commented, "Is she expecting?? I'm so happy for them!!❤️❤️❤️"

However, Biles -- who got married to Owens this April -- had to put a stop to all the chatter ... and cleared the air on her profile Wednesday morning.

"I hate that I even have to address this, but please stop commenting on this photo or my Instagram in general about me being 'pregnant,'" Biles said on Wednesday.

"I'm not pregnant."

When they got engaged last year, however, Biles did mention during a Q&A that Owens -- who signed a 1-year deal with the Packers in May -- wants a "football team" of kids in the future ... and she only wants two.

It seems her focus right now is making it to the Paris 2024 Olympic Games ... and the babies will come at a later date.

Tommy DeVito Rocks Fuchsia Jacket To 'MNF' ... Then Leads Giants To Upset Win!!!

The lore of Tommy DeVito grew tenfold on Monday night ... 'cause not only did he pull off an improbable win over the Packers -- he did it while rockin' a furry, fuchsia jacket to the stadium!!

The rookie New York quarterback -- who began the year as the No. 3 signal-caller for the G-Men -- lit it up against Green Bay despite being a 5.5-point underdog at home ... helping lead his team to a last-second, 24-22 victory.

And, both before and after the contest, he turned heads with his outfit choice -- sportin' a loud fuzzy 'fit that he wore proudly!!!

Of course, the undrafted free agent -- who's gained fame for the way he leans heavily into his Italian-American heritage -- wasn't the only person in the DeVito clan drawing attention at MetLife ... his agent, Sean Stellato, got plenty of social media love for his threads choice too.

The DeVito rep was seen sportin' an all-black, pinstriped suit topped off with a fedora ... that many online said made him look like a character out of "The Sopranos."

DeVito's family, meanwhile, had a blast while watching the 25-year-old knife through Green Bay's defense during the primetime game ... they had a huge, Italian-themed meal in the parking lot before the contest started -- and then cameras showed them kissin' on each other in the stands after big DeVito plays.

Following the exciting night, DeVito -- who's gained the nickname "Tommy Cutlets" after starting four games following injuries to Daniel Jones and Tyrod Taylor -- was cool as a cucumber talking about his game-winning drive at the postgame podium ... telling reporters, "I enjoy being on the field any play, no matter what play it is."

"So," he added, "I'm just trying to enjoy it."

LeRoy Butler Praises Jordan Love ... Packers Can 'Absolutely' Make Deep Playoff Run!!!


LeRoy Butler is loving what he's seeing from Jordan Love and his former Packers squad so much ... he tells TMZ Sports he can "absolutely" see the team making a deep run in the postseason.

We spoke with the Green Bay legend following the Pack's upset win over the Chiefs at Lambeau Field ... and he made it crystal clear to us that he's fired up about his old team's potential.

"We're so excited for Jordan Love," Butler said ... before adding, "Listen, he's on fire."

Butler then actually sent a thank you message to the New York Jets ... believing they did his Packers a favor by acquiring Aaron Rodgers in an offseason trade.

"See, now it's a band," Butler said of the Love-led Packers. "Not just a solo act. That's the difference."

Butler tells us he thinks the Packers' hot streak -- which now includes wins in four of their last five games -- will continue ... explaining he thinks the roster is too young to be affected by potential trap games or treacherous road matchups.

Up next for Green Bay is a Monday Night Football game against the New York Giants ... and in a month from now, maybe a playoff game will be on Green Bay's schedule?? Butler certainly thinks so!!

Taylor Swift Crashes Lambeau Field To See Travis Take on GB Packers!!!

Taylor Swift is in Wisconsin to watch Travis Kelce, take on the Packers -- the first time in a while that she's been to one of his games ... and she may serve as a good luck charm.

The pop star touched down in Green Bay Sunday ahead of Sunday's big NFL matchup -- and it looks like she's dressed for the snowy weather out there ... rolling into Lambeau Field with a bright red trench coat and looking all bundled up alongside Brittany Mahomes.

We're in December now ... and the temps have certainly dropped from when she was hitting up TK's games earlier in the fall. Gotta rock the right gear this time of the year ... it's chilly.

Anyway, TayTay and co. had themselves a nice private box suite just like they usually do -- but it was way harder to see her this time around as the camera panned to her ahead of the broadcast ... y'know, on account of the heavy snowfall and all. Still, she was there!


In fact, Taylor's been hanging out with Travis this whole past week -- and there's even a photo of the two of them circulating online that appears to show them at a holiday party.

It just shows how serious they are ... as soon as she wrapped her gigs in Brazil a week or so ago -- she jetted on over to Kansas City and has been with her boyfriend ever since ... including right now, which feels like old times yet again.

We haven't seen Taylor attend one of Travis' games in a minute -- but that's just because her schedule got really busy. It seems like whenever she can, she'll be there front and center.

It's funny ... some people have noticed that Travis actually tends to play better, objectively, whenever Taylor's in the building -- so people will definitely be looking to see his stats today.

In any case, Tayvis is going strong ... and the NFL, we're sure, is glad to have her back.

Broncos' Kareem Jackson Gets Racist DM After Packers Game


The NFL was quick to punish Kareem Jackson for his hit on Musgrave ... suspending him four games for "violations of unnecessary roughness rules" against the Packers.

In a letter to Jackson, the NFL's VP of football operations Jon Runyan explained the decision ... saying, "On the play in question, you delivered a forceful blow to the head/neck area of a defenseless receiver, when you had the time and space to avoid such contact."

"You could have made contact with your opponent within the rules, yet you chose not to."

Runyan also pointed out it wasn't Jackson's first offense ... as he was hit with several personal fouls for violating player safety-related rules.

Jackson can appeal ... but as it stands right now, he is slated to miss the Broncos' matchup against Kansas City, Buffalo, Minnesota and Cleveland.

Broncos defensive back Kareem Jackson received a racist message following his ejection from the Packers game Sunday ... and he was so angry with the comment, he called out the sender publicly.

The DM was sent to Jackson's Instagram account just after he was booted from Denver's 19-17 win over Green Bay for illegally hitting Luke Musgrave in the head and neck area.

The message, apparently sent from a man named Philipp, read, "Stop behaving like a f***ing n** 🤡"

Minutes later, the 35-year-old safety -- who was actually ejected from the Broncos vs. Commanders game earlier this season as well -- reposted the message ... and was clearly fuming over its content.

"I wanna make sure you get the attention you're looking for," Jackson said. "I want your friends and family to know what type of racist person you really are over a game."

"I'll repost all this week so it doesn't go unnoticed. Don't worry, IG tough guy."

Jackson later revealed he got another inappropriate message on the app ... one he was also furious about.

"Another IG tough guy," Jackson wrote after reposting the DM to his 120,000 followers. "This what we deal wit because we are athletes on a regular. Disgruntled fans that hide behind social media knowing it wouldn't end well in person. Enjoy this fame Daniel."

This is the second time a high-profile player has called out fans for their messages on Instagram this season ... earlier this year, Vikings star Alexander Mattison said he got over 60 hate notes from fans, with some including the N-word.

Originally Published -- 10:51 AM PT

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