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Pat McAfee: Andrew Luck was cool about the naked picture

Indianapolis Colts punter Pat McAfee is not only one of the best punters in the league, he’s also one of the funniest dudes, too.

If you follow McAfee on Twitter, you know he’s a riot. He’s light-hearted, humorous, and always cracking jokes.

For instance, after laying a huge hit on Denver Broncos punt returner Trindon Holliday last year, McAfee tweeted about being drug tested by the NFL.

During an interview with LBS Monday at the 9th annual All-Star Celebrity Kickoff Party at the Montrian Hotel, McAfee talked about his hit on Holliday, who the biggest hitting punters in the league are, and about that naked picture of Andrew Luck he accidentally tweeted.

Andrew Luck“Oh man, I was feeling so bad. I called him to make sure he knew it was coming,” McAfee recalled to Larry Brown Sports.

“As soon as I told him, he said, ‘can you see my ass?’ I said no. He said, ‘can you see my crotch?’ I said no. So he said ‘I don’t care.’ He’s a super cool guy.

“Andrew’s like the most chill guy ever. I don’t know how many other quarterbacks would have taken it the way he did, but Andrew’s so cool and so talented, I’m very appreciative of him.”

Earl Thomas walks out of interview with me after getting upset with question (Video)

Earl Thomas is arguably the best safety in the NFL and top player on the Seattle Seahawks’ stellar defense, but there’s a reason why he’s one of the quiet members of the Legion of Boom — especially compared to Richard Sherman.

Thomas doesn’t quite have that same media savvy as his outspoken teammate.

LBS attended the red carpet event for the 9th annual All-Star Celebrity Kickoff Party at the Montrian Hotel on Monday and had the chance to interview Thomas. The only problem is the interview didn’t last very long; Thomas got upset with one of my questions and walked away.

Earl ThomasThe nature of the questions were pretty simple: Thomas is in line to return punts this season for the Seahawks, so I asked him if he was looking forward to the extra responsibility. He got excited and said he was looking forward to scoring some touchdowns, which led to a natural follow-up — does he have any TD celebrations planned?

Thomas is also competing with Sherman for punt returning duties on the team, so I asked who the better punt returner is. Based on how Thomas was acting at the beginning of the interview — talking about us filming his good side and being excited about scoring touchdowns — I thought he would give a playful answer. Instead, he got upset, accused me of trying to start some drama, and walked away.

Sorry, Earl, I was just trying to have some fun, not start trouble.

Colin Kaepernick: ‘A lot of times I X a girl out before I even talk to her’ (Video)

jim-harbaugh-colin-kaepernickColin Kaepernick had to have been the most interesting man on the red carpet at the ESPYs pre-party in Hollywood Tuesday night. The San Francisco 49ers quarterback, who was rocking an enormous gold chain, answered a number of entertaining questions from gossip reporters.

Kaepernick seemed uncomfortable when asked which female athlete he would like to see appear in ESPN the Magazine’s Body Issue, but he had no problem revealing that he was single and listing some of the important qualities he looks for in women.

“Obviously you have to be gorgeous,” Kaepernick said. “You’ve got to be physically attracted to someone. You have to be smart — someone I can actually talk to and have a conversation with. And someone I can have a good time with. I don’t want to sit and be bored, I want to have a good time.”

The reporter then asked Kaepernick about relationship deal-breakers.

“I think the biggest thing is just a girl’s attitude — the vibe she gives off, how she carries herself,” he said. “A lot of times I X a girl out before I even talk to her.”

Those are some pretty tough standards. People usually give women a chance to at least speak before crossing them off the list, but not Kaepernick. The 26-year-old also said “of course” when asked if he is single. So remember, ladies — if you’re looking to date Colin, try not to spoil it before you even get a chance to speak to him.

H/T Jimmy Traina’s Big Buzz

Jimmy Graham, Saints agree to long-term contract extension

Jimmy GrahamJimmy Graham may not have gone into his contract negotiaions with the New Orleans Saints in as strong a position as he would have liked, but I think he’ll still be able to put food on the table. According to Adam Schefter, Graham and the Saints agreed to a four-year, $41 million deal on Tuesday that includes $21 million guaranteed.

That contract would make Graham the highest-paid tight end in the league. Assuming the numbers are accurate, there are now only four wide receivers in the NFL who make more than Graham on an annual basis.

An arbitrator recently ruled that Graham is considered a tight end for franchise tag purposes, but he is not going to play under the franchise tag this season anyway. Graham would have made roughly $7 million as a tight end this season with the franchise tag and just over $12 million as a wide receiver, so it appears he and the Saints have found a happy medium.

Perhaps more importantly, Graham is just 27. Should he remain healthy over the next four years, he will be able to ink another big contract at age 31. The situation seems like a win for all parties involved.

Titus Young arrested again on felony charges

Titus Young LionsIt’s been a while since we heard from Titus Young, which is actually a good thing. That’s why we’re disappointed to share that Young has been arrested again.

As the Detroit Free Press reported, Young was arrested last Wednesday on a felony charge for battery with serious bodily injury. The details and nature of the alleged crime are not yet known.

Young’s latest arrest came a day before Young was scheduled to make a pretrial hearing appearance for his May 2013 crimes. Young was arrested twice in a 15-hour span last year and is facing 11 charges.

Young is currently in custody in the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles. His bail is set at $105,000 and he was set for a Monday court date, LBS confirmed via the LA sheriff’s website.

Young was a second-round pick of the Detroit Lions in 2011. He had 990 yards and 10 touchdowns during his two-year playing career.

Aaron Hernandez, Bill Belichick exchanged a ton of text messages

Bill-Belichick-Aaron-HernandezBill Belichick was recently interviewed by Massachusetts detectives who are investigating one of the murders that Aaron Hernandez has been charged with. Belichick, Robert Kraft and several other members of the New England Patriots organization gave statements to authorities. What we found particularly interesting was how often Belichick and Hernandez texted each other in the months leading up to the Odin Lloyd murder.

Jenny Wilson of The Hartford Courant reports that prosecutors turned over 33 pages of text messages that were exchanged between Belichick and his former tight end from February 2013 to May 2013. That’s at least several hundred texts. Odin Lloyd was shot and killed on June 17, 2013.

Considering all of those text messages were exchanged during the offseason, that seems like a ton of communication between a coach and player. Based on some of the stuff we heard when Hernandez was first arrested, we shouldn’t really be surprised.

In March 2013, police were reportedly called to Hernandez’s rental home in Hermosa Beach, Calif. after he allegedly put his fist through a window during an argument with his fiancee Shayanna Jenkins. No charges were filed, but Belichick was supposedly made aware of the incident and “exploded” on Hernandez, telling him that he would be traded or cut if he didn’t shape up.

Prior to the alleged domestic dispute, Hernandez reportedly flew to the NFL Combine in Indianapolis to confide in Belichick that he believed his life was in danger. Belichick allegedly advised Hernandez to rent a safe house and lay low for a while when the former Florida Gator said he was worried a group of gangsters wanted to kill him.

The question is how much did Belichick and the Patriots know. There have been various reports about Hernandez’s alleged paranoia in the months leading up to Lloyd’s murder, and we all know there have been concerns about his off-field behavior since he was in college. In all likelihood, Belichick checked in with Hernandez frequently to make sure he was staying out of trouble. That doesn’t necessarily mean he had any information he should have gone to the police with.

Plaxico Burress: Michael Vick will be Jets’ starting quarterback

Michael VickPlaxico Burress thinks he knows who will end up as the starting quarterback of the New York Jets, and it’s not Geno Smith.

Plaxico was serving as a guest analyst on ESPN’s “NFL Live” Monday and shared his thoughts on the Jets quarterback race. Simply stated, Plaxico believes Michael Vick will win the starting job.

“I know Rex Ryan and I know his mindset. He brought Michael Vick in there for a reason. Geno Smith is very capable of playing the quarterback position, but when it comes to training camp and it comes to the preseason with those two guys competing to win the starting job, I know Michael Vick very well. I know (Vick’s) competitive nature and his will to play the game,” Burress said of Vick.

“Michael Vick will be the starter on opening day for the New York Jets. When it comes down to evaluating the quarterback position, being a pure passer and a guy who can make plays, and when it comes down to decision-making … Michael Vick will be the starter on opening day for the New York Jets.”

When “NFL Live” host Jonathan Coachman questioned Burress’ thinking by pointing out that Rex has supported the team’s 2013 second-round pick, Burress still stood by his prediction.

“Rex can say Geno is his guy, but when it comes down to competing for a starting job, it’s going to be Michael Vick.”

What makes Burress a respected voice on the subject? He played for the Jets in 2011, so he spent a season with Ryan as his coach.

I don’t know if Vick will be the starter in Week 1, but I agree with Burress that Vick is the better quarterback between the two. And even if Vick wins the job, he’ll get hurt like he always does, so it’s not like Geno wouldn’t start at least some games.

We’ll see whether Plaxico turns out to be right. All I know is that guy is inaudible and not a very good person to have on a TV show. I had to crank up my volume just to get a few sentences.