The 18 NFL Players You Have To Follow On Twitter


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Last week, we brought you the 100 athletes you need to follow on Twitter.Now, we’re going to break it down for you. Big football fan? Then this is your guide to who you should be following on Twitter.

Some of these football players offer in-depth analysis on the game, some try to be funny, and others tweet out endless streams of pictures.

The best athlete tweeters are entertaining, interactive, and show a side of themselves that fans would never see without this specific medium. Based on those criteria, we ranked our favourites.

#18 Jay Feely (@jayfeely)

Arizona Cardinals

Why you should follow him: Insightful tweets about football mixed with funny updates on his personal life

Typical tweet: 'Watched film, Two wedge players from Miami finished their block well after I hit the Dolphin player. Should not have been a penalty'

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#17 Michael Oher (@MichaelOher)

Baltimore Ravens

Why you should follow him: He's a dedicated college football fan, and tweets a ton of funny stuff about SEC football on Saturdays

Typical tweet: 'Nick Saban Maybe be top 3 greatest college football coach of all time...I don't know who the other 2 are.'

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#16 Robert Griffin III (@RGIII)

Washington Redskins

Why you should follow him: Great at interacting with his followers, and much more sincere than his fellow players

Typical tweet: 'Football is football. But Life is more important. Sending Prayers up for Coach Chuck Pagano during this trying time'

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#15 TJ Lang (@TJLang70)

Green Bay Packers

Why you should follow him: Earned himself the most retweeted tweet ever after the Seahawks-Packers debacle

Typical tweet: 'Good to see the regular refs coming back! I'm sure the scabs are disappointed they have to return to their jobs at footlocker.'

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#14 Darnell Dockett (@ddockett)

Arizona Cardinals

Why you should follow him: Funny, stream of consciousness tweets that mostly stick to football

Typical tweet: 'I been tweeting my arse off. Why? Becuz I'm in my hyper baric chamber! And I'm stuck in here till 2am! To get healthy like wolverine!

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#13 Nick Mangold (@nickmangold)

New York Jets

Why you should follow him: Doesn't tweet a ton, but he's good at interacting with fans when he does

Typical tweet: 'First person to guess who is sitting directly in front of me on the bus as we head to the airport wins 2 tickets to our game

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#12 Reggie Bush (@reggie_bush)

Miami Dolphins

Why you should follow him: A few too many food tweets, but every once in a while he'll speak his mind about a pressing issue

Typical tweet: 'Congrats to J. Vilma, Will Smith, and S. Fujita on winning apeals in Saints Bounty Case! The power has shifted back to the players!'

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#11 Matt Barkley (@MattBarkley)

USC Trojans

Why you should follow him: College players rarely show a lot of personality on Twitter, but Barkley tweets a lot about hobbies like gadgets and music

Typical tweet: 'Did anyone get a cool panoramic shot of the Coliseum this weekend using ?'

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*NOTE: We know Barkley's not in the NFL yet. But he was too good not to include.

#10 Ray Rice (@RayRice27)

Baltimore Ravens

Why you should follow him: He's one of the more self aware athletes on Twitter

Typical tweet: 'Lol I'm all for fantasy football but the only thing that really matters is a real WIN. sorry fantasy owners next time i got u lo'

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#9 Drew Brees (@drewbrees)

New Orleans Saints

Why you should follow him: He's outspoken, and provides a good mix of pictures and football tweets

Typical tweet: 'Ironic that our league punishes those based on conduct detrimental. Whose CONDUCT is DETRIMENTAL now?'

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#8 Aaron Rodgers (@AaronRodgers12)

Green Bay Packers

Why you should follow him: He doesn't tweet much at all but when he does it's informative or a funny interaction with Clay Matthews

Typical tweet: 'Unreal goal by cal alum!! There were cheers all over Lambeau for our USA women!! Congrats ladies, will be watching u win the gold thurs'

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#7 Tim Tebow (@TimTebow)

New York Jets

Why you should follow him: How could you not? He's the most controversial QBs around. Warning: lots of Bible references

Typical tweet: 'Thanks to everyone for all the great birthday wishes and prayers! Psalm 118:24. God bless and Go Jets!'

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#6 Brendon Ayanbadejo (@brendon310)

Baltimore Ravens

Why you should follow him: He might be the most outwardly political athlete on Twitter, fascinating follow

Typical tweet: 'Yes only of it offends native Americans : should redskins have to change their name from Redskins?'

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#5 Arian Foster (@arianfoster)

Houston Texans

Why you should follow him: Tweets a lot about NFL news with a funny twist

Typical tweet: 'Drama. Great for business. Godspeed, Ed Hochuli.'

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#4 Jonathan Vilma

New Orleans Saints

Why you should follow him: He's super confrontational, and is prone to outlandish rants

Typical tweet: 'Why is ESPN secretly conducting a character study on me?? they really think I wouldn't find out?!? Ill post the letter tomm'

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#3 Rob Gronkowski (@RobGronkowski)

New England Patriots

Why you should follow him: His Twitter feed is basically an extension of his broader party-boy persona

Typical tweet: 'Killed it today with teammates building a playground. Need a playground built next year for kids? Hit up @Patriots!!!'

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#2 Chris Kluwe (@ChrisWarcraft)

Minnesota Vikings

Why you should follow him: He's probably the most witty athlete on Twitter

Typical tweet: 'Our strength coach just summed up last night perfectly. 'You know we're in trouble when the end of MNF is more preposterous than WWE RAW.'

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#1 Chad Johnson (@ochocinco)

Unemployed wide receiver

Why you should follow him: He tweets too much at times, but every now and then he'll pour out his soul and it's fascinating.

Typical tweet: 'That awkward moment when you realise you're not on Madden13 and have to create yourself...'

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