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Justin Tucker, Tavon Austin dance like Cousin Terio (GIFs)

Justin-Tucker-cousin-TerioBaltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker and St. Louis Rams wide receiver Tavon Austin both had huge days on Sunday to lead their teams to victory. Tucker, who you see above, drained a game-winning 46-yard field goal against the division rival Cincinnati Bengals in overtime. He earned extra style points by dancing like Cousin Terio after the clutch kick.

To say that Austin had a breakout performance in a win over the Indianapolis Colts would be an incredible understatement. The rookie out of West Virginia caught two passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns. He also scored on an amazing 98-yard punt return that most would argue he had no business scooping up. He, too, busted out the Cousin Terio dance during the game.

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Tavon Austin flops, plays dead after punt return (Video)

Tavon Austin may have provided the most comical moment of Monday Night Football between the St. Louis Rams and Seattle Seahawks when he flopped and played dead after making a fair catch on a punt return in the fourth quarter.

As if flopping to the ground and playing dead wasn’t great enough in itself, contrast that with the fact that Austin initiated contact by dipping into Heath Farwell before flopping.

Look at him laying there on the ground. Get this guy a chalk outline!

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Tavon Austin: Mom will handle my finances

Tavon Austin RamsLearning how to say “no” can be one of the most challenging tasks an NFL rookie faces in his entire life. Everyone knows how much money NFL stars are making. For example, we know rookie Tavon Austin signed a $12.751 million deal with the St. Louis Rams last month that included a $7.653 million signing bonus. Like many other players, Austin has had to deal with people asking for money.

Before he even signed his contract, Austin said the phone would not stop ringing with friends and family looking for handouts. That’s why he has decided to direct those calls to his mother.

“One thing I learned was just make somebody else the bad man and that is what definitely I’m going to do as far as the money situation,” he told NFL Network’s Andrew Siciliano on Friday. “So that definitely will be my mother, she is definitely up for the challenge and she is ready to pretty much tell people ‘no.’”

Having a third party control your finances always makes it easier to turn people down. The fact that Austin is letting someone like his mom handle requests for money can only help, considering she has a personal connection to him.

“I definitely will help a lot of people too, you know, I’m not one of those type of people who forgets where I came from and just acts like I’m better than anybody else,” he said. “But definitely there is a certain amount of times where it comes to a point where you have to say ‘no’ and she’ll be that person that’ll be dealing with it.”

There’s a big difference between giving back to the community and helping a friend who wants to buy a Lamborghini. Countless NFL players have gone broke within a few years after retiring, so the time to start managing money is right when you ink the first contract. Now that Austin seems to have his money and his Twitter escapades in line, he’s ready to begin training camp.

Tavon Austin was called into GM’s office over his Twitter activity

Tavon Austin RamsSt. Louis Rams first-round draft pick Tavon Austin spoke to high school athletes at Nike’s “The Opening” on Monday, which is a football camp for the elite young players in the nation. Austin may only be 22 years old, but the former West Virginia star has already gained some valuable experience during his first NFL offseason.

Austin spoke to kids about building their personal brands, and in doing so he got to discussing the dangers of Twitter. Back in April, we called your attention to the fact that Austin began following what appeared to be a couple of strippers on Twitter. Did LBS help blow up his spot?

“Three strippers followed me, I followed them back,” Austin told the high schoolers, according to Taylor Holliday. “Next thing I know I’m in the GM’s office. Now I’m off Twitter.”

It looks like Austin is still active on Twitter, so I’m not sure what he means by that.

Twitter can be great for players and fans if used properly, but Austin has already learned a valuable lesson about what not to do if you’re looking for attention through social media. As this NFL cornerback could tell you, nothing good ever comes from professional athletes associating with strippers and strip clubs.

Back in May, Austin talked about how his phone doesn’t stop ringing with friends and family trying to hit him up for money. Peter King of Sports Illustrated also pointed out that some teams were afraid of drafting the wide receiver because of his past acquaintances.

Rams general manager Les Snead was likely just trying to stay ahead of the curve with Austin. Based on what we know, that’s probably a solid idea.

Tavon Austin: Everyone is trying to get at my money

Tavon Austin RamsTavon Austin was selected eighth overall in the 2013 NFL Draft last month, and the St. Louis Rams rookie says everyone is trying to get at his money now that he’s going to be a millionaire. In fact, the former West Virginia star says he is already being hit up even though he hasn’t received his first NFL paycheck.

“Everybody expects a lot of things from you as far as money,” Austin told the Rams’ website when asked about changes in his life. “Everybody wants to be around you. My phone doesn’t stop ringing now. It feels like they’re counting my bank account now. So that’s probably the hardest thing for me right now, just people.

“I’ve got a lot of cousins now. The whole (city of) Baltimore is my cousin now. We’re going to just try to keep focused and let my mother and all of them handle it.”

Austin is from a tough area in Baltimore, and SI’s Peter King even says some teams were afraid of drafting him because of his past. King says that “some around the league think acquaintances from Austin’s past … could follow him into the NFL.”

We don’t know how all the moochers will affect Austin, but we do know that that is one of the common pitfalls that throws off athletes or causes them to go broke. Hopefully he’ll handle it well. Although based on the way he handled his Twitter upon entering the league, I have my concerns.

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Tavon Austin is ready for the NFL: He’s already following ‘ThickRedBone’ and ‘Ms. Jazi XXX’ on Twitter

Tavon Austin proved to NFL teams that he is ready for the big time, and he’s now proving to the rest of us that he is going to fit in just fine in the league.

As Matt Sebek pointed out, some of Austin’s most recent people he’s chosen to follow on Twitter appear to be … well, we’ll let you figure that one out on your own.

Austin’s following Deion Sanders, his college coach Dana Holgorsen, ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay, and bam! there it is: Thick Red Bone and Ms. Jazi XXX.

Tavon Austin Twitter

Thick Red Bone’s Twitter profile says she is part of “Team Bootylicious,” and Ms. Jazi XXX says she is f—ing “like a PORNSTAR” and available for “live shows.”

Look, Tavon, I’m not trying to throw salt on your game, I’m just trying to protect you. I don’t want to have to write up a story a few months down the road about naked pictures of you splashed all over the Internet because you didn’t pay your escort enough money. This is not how you want to start off your NFL career, man.