5 (More) Players You Must-Follow On Twitter This NFL Season
Mashable had a great post earlier this week by @PUBLISIDE that highlighted 20 NFL Players that are “Must-Follows.” The list had some mainstays like @OGOchoCinco and @Jones_Drew32, but also featured some lesser known Gridiron Tweeps who should also be followed. Great list PUBLISIDE, but here are 5 more players that everyone Must-Follow on Twitter this NFL Season:
Chris Johnson, Tennessee Titans, @ChrisJohnson28
A lot of fans will remember Chad Ochocinco for using uStream, but Chris Johnson was one of the first NFL stars to get on uStream and video-chat live with fans. Johnson, the NFL’s leading rusher, now has close to 28,000 followers on Twitter, and that number will definitely grow as the second year back out of East Carolina continues to dominate NFL defenses with his tremendous speed and vision. If you want to watch an exciting player, check out Chris Johnson burn defenses week after week. Johnson is also a leader in the social media realm with his interesting tweets, twitpics, and uStream videos – a must-follow!
Shaun Phillips, San Diego Chargers, @ShaunPhillips95
Shaun Phillips averaged 8 sacks a year over the past two seasons, but a more impressive statistic may be his huge following on Twitter. With close to 45,000 followers, ShaunPhillips95 is one of the most popular NFL players in social media. Shaun regularly tweets about his (Taurus) horoscope and often responds directly to his fans (must have been reading this).
Mike Sims-Walker, Jacksonville Jaguars, @MikeSimsWalker
The self proclaimed “best kept secret in Jacksonville” is starting to reveal himself to the rest of the league. Sims-Walker recently added the “Sims” prefix to his last name to honor his late father, Michael Sims, similar to what teammate Maurice Jones-Drew did before his rookie season. Sims-Walker has become David Garrard’s #1 target in Jacksonville and has caught 19 balls with 3 Touchdowns over the past three games this season. On Twitter, the breakout WR often tweets about his life off the field and even reveals some of the Jags’ defensive strategies against Titans RB Chris Johnson.
Mark Sanchez, New York Jets, @mark_sanchez
Mark Sanchez, Rookie Quarterback for the New York Jets, is pretty transparent when it comes to updating on Twitter. With over 60,000 followers, there are a lot of people listening to what the rookie has to say. I’ve already commented on Sanchez using Twitter to extend his sponsorship with Toyota, but Sanchez’s recent tweet is his best to date.
Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens, @RayRice27
2nd Year Back Ray Rice has contributed to the Ravens strong offensive performance so far this season. The 3-1 Ravens seem to be dominating as much on offense as defense, a change that has surprised most of the NFL. You can tell Rice’s passion for football by following him on Twitter – he’s continuously watching film but takes time to relax to watch more football.