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Jeffrey Bauman Jr. paid visit by Julian Edelman and Bradley Cooper after helping to ID bombing suspect

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Jeffrey Bauman Jr. was one of the nearly 200 victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. The 27-year-old lost both of his legs in the attack. When he awoke in a hospital in Boston after undergoing surgery, Bauman had some crucial information to share with investigators.

Bauman’s brother, Chris, told the NY Post that Jeffrey asked for a pen and paper after waking up in his hospital bed. On the paper he wrote, “bag, saw the guy, looked right at me.” He then proceeded to give the feds a full description of a man who wore a cap and sunglasses that dropped a bag right at his feet. The description seemed to match that of 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed in a shootout early Friday morning.

On Thursday, actor Bradley Cooper and New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman paid Bauman a visit at the hospital. Edelman posted the photo you see above with the following caption:

“Visited #survivor #stud #hero Jeffrey Bauman Jr. today. He was looking great and is a true inspiration. #strong”

The fact that Bauman was able to provide such useful information for authorities after losing his legs in the explosion is incredible.

NFL cancels Bradley Cooper interview with Rich Eisen for gambling reasons

The NFL is apparently so concerned with distancing any ties to gambling on its games that it cancelled an interview Rich Eisen did with actor Bradley Cooper that was scheduled to air Friday on NFL Network.

Cooper stars in a new movie “Silver Linings Playbook” that opened this week. The actor recorded an interview with NFL Network host Rich Eisen that was headlining “The Rich Eisen Thanksgiving Special” podcast that was going to be televised Friday, but the NFL stepped in on Wednesday and asked for the interview to be removed.

The New York Post reports that the NFL asked the segment to be cancelled because Robert De Niro’s character in the movie is a part-time bookie.

“The segment was pulled because the movie included content related to gambling on NFL games,” an NFL rep confirmed to the Post.

The new promo for the Thanksgiving Special mentions interviews with four actors, none of whom are Cooper.

Even though this particular interview was cancelled, Cooper has made NFL-related appearances to promote the movie. The actor attended a Philadelphia Eagles practice last week and spent time hanging out with DeSean Jackson and LeSean McCoy. De Niro’s character in the movie is obsessed with the Eagles, while Cooper says he has been an Eagles fan since childhood.

The NFL has long been conscious about its image and works to separate association to gambling on games to preserve the integrity of the league. The stance makes sense even though betting is a huge reason for the league’s popularity.

Photo: DeSean Jackson/Twitter