Former Texas Longhorns and Seattle Seahawks player Earl Thomas is selling his Austin home. Thomas's wife, Nina, filed for divorce a year ago, several months after she was arrested for allegedly pointing a gun at him when she says she found him in bed, naked, with several women and his brother at an Austin-area short term rental house.
Sitting on more than three acres of land, the Lake Austin area home has seven bedrooms and five and a half bathrooms with views of Lake Austin and Italian architecture. Those features plus a chef’s kitchen, window walls bringing in natural lighting and a wine cellar have landed the home at a $5,995,000 list price.
The home is fit for work and play with a game room, a private home theater and a two-story study with a loft. The outdoor pool includes a grotto, a grill and an infinity pool-styled lounging spa.
It’s also easy for the owner to host visitors with a 1,700-square-foot guest home and a five-car garage.
“This palatial property easily slots into the category of Dream Home for most, amazing award-winning schools and owned by an NFL Star,” the listing notes.
Last playing for the Baltimore Ravens, Thomas’ career has earned him five All-Pro honors and a Super Bowl title.
In early August, Thomas's home near Beaumont, Texas was destroyed by fire after being struck by lightning.
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Orange and burnt orange will merge as I-35 neighbors UTSA take on the University of Texas in Austin at 7 p.m. Saturday.
The two UT affiliates will clash for the first time at the Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium, but the party is sure to be felt all around town.
Whether at a tailgate or watch party, here are the best ways to enjoy the gameday experience:
Texas Tailgarten at Scholz Garten, 1607 San Jacinto Blvd.
UT's biggest and longest-running tailgate will be back in action at Scholz Biergarten on Saturday. Since 1866, they've brought the brews, food and Longhorn celebrations to Austinites of all crests and creeds, and they're not stopping now.
1:00-4:30 DJ Island Time
4:30-6:30 Live Music: Sparkle-Grass
Longhorn City Limits at the LBJ Lawn, 4801 La Crosse Avenue
The Longhorns' free alternative to Austin City Limits will see live performances from Misterwives and Jane Leo starting at 3 p.m. on the LBJ lawn. Presented by Still Austin Whiskey, the event will include whiskey and Tito's cocktails on tap, Stubb's BBQ and live football coverage before a Silent Disco post-game party.
Watch party at the Still Austin Whiskey Co. Tasting Room, 440 East Saint Elmo Road
Enjoy a Horns Up frozen cocktail and a premier game watching experience at Still Austin Whiskey's Tasting Room each gameday. Come a little early for a taste of their fifth anniversary party starting at 1 p.m. as well.
The Tavern, 922 W 12th St
With 30 TV's and a longtime history as a hub for football fans, The Tavern is one of Austin's premier sports bars. The bar offers beers, burgers and football events each weekend, so be sure to check out their Facebook for this weekend's event details.
Lavaca Street Bar, 405 Lavaca St
Downtown Austin sports bar Lavaca Street Bar claims to be a "UT Football headquarters." Home of the Turf N' Surf Po Boy, the bar offers sandwiches, beer and other gameday fare.
Little Woodrow's, 5425 Burnet Rd
One of four Little Woodrow's in town, the sports bar's Burnet location has become the Longhorn headquarters. Hook 'em at Woodrow's each game day with beer bucket specials and an extensive indoor/outdoor game watching experience.
SAM Services Tailgate Party, 161 E 16th St.
Just as they do each week, SAM Services will provide barbecue, brews and TVs for the game at 161 E 16th St. on Saturday. A $5 donation is recommended, and make sure to bring your own chair.
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🗓 All weekend🛍️ City-wide Vintage Sale
Bring your biggest bags and negotiation chops to the city’s biggest yearly vintage popup at Palmer Events Center. Since 1977, it's been a go-to for recyclers, bargain hunters, vintage store owners and more. An all-weekend pass is $8.
Saturday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m.| 📍Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd
Starting this weekend, Austin’s Wildflower Center is teaming up with British artist Bruce Munro for a 16-acre display of 28,000 solar-powered lights, representing the “intersection of art, technology and nature.”
Thursday-Sunday, 6:15 p.m.-9:30 p.m.| 📍Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave
🎸 Eastside Kings Festival
Two days, 40 bands. The Eastside Kings Festival is dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage of African American blues, jazz and gospel and will do so in style with a full-blown festival in East Austin. Wristbands are $25 per day.
8 p.m.-12 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday | 📍 12th and Chicon
🥟 Centroamericanto Fest
Grab a bite of El Salvadoran food, watch Central American films and stroll through vendor booths at the 14th annual fest. Musical guests include Sara Curruchich from Guatemala, Luis Pastor from Nicaragua and Mauricio Callejas from El Salvador.
Film Fest- 7 p.m. Friday, Music Fest- 5:30 p.m. Saturday | 📍 Mexican-American Cultural Center, 600 River St
🏈 Texas vs. Alabama game and tailgate
Watch the Longhorns take on their toughest opponent yet in a home game against No.1 Alabama Saturday. If you’re an early bird, be sure to check out the tailgate before the game.
11 a.m. | 📍 Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, 2100 San Jacinto Blvd
⚽ Austin FC watch party
For those who want a double-dip on sports this Saturday—Austin FC supporters’ group Austin Anthem, will host a watch party filled with brews, bites and more at Ctelis Brewing.
7 p.m. | 📍 Celis Brewing, 10001 Metric Blvd
🌶️ Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival
Test your taste buds at the Austin Chronicle’s 32nd annual Hot Sauce Festival. Featuring hot sauce samplers from 18 commercial bottlers, food trucks, live music from TC Superstar and more. Proceeds go to the Central Texas Food Bank.
7 p.m. | 📍 The Far Out Lounge, 8504 S Congress Ave
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