Social media has dramatically changed how athletes interact with fans. Back in the day, if you wanted to get the latest news about your favorite player, you waited to read or watch a story on him. Today, you follow him on Twitter, where he can instantly share his thoughts at the stadium, at home, etc. And sometimes, a sports star will make a fan’s day by liking and/or reweeting their social media post … or giving away tickets or an autographed jersey. Here are a few athletes who’ve mastered the Twittersphere with Tweets that are fun, relevant and entertaining.
10. Blake Griffin
Why You Should Follow Him: The Clippers star is always ready to share strange incidents. One recent adventure: “My Uber driver pulled a sandwich out of the glove box, put it on the dash in the sun to warm up, then offered me some. 5 stars all day.”
9. David Price
Why You Should Follow Him: One look at Price’s funny little avatar tells you the Red Sox pitching ace does not take himself too seriously. One recent tweet: “gas stations have do it yourself milkshakes?! Options to make your milkshake more or less thick!! Unreal…I want this machine”
8. Brad Keselowski
Why You Should Follow Him: The former NASCAR Sprint Cup champion created a buzz when he Tweeted about an incident during a 2012 race … from his driver’s seat. He’s a prolific tweeter, commenting on life, sports — and anything NASCAR.
7. Richard Sherman
Why You Should Follow Him: One of the most colorful players in the NFL brings that same attitude to the Twittersphere. And no one is better at interacting with fans than the Seahawks cornerback. Last Christmas morning, he gave away two game tickets to a fan. Sherman’s got heart.
6. Chipper Jones
Why You Should Follow Him: Yes, we realize the Braves longtime star retired a few years back. We don’t care. Sometimes he’s talking baseball and hunting. Other times, he is coming out of the Twilight Zone with bizarre conspiracy theories.
5. Chris Bosh
Why You Should Follow Him: The Heat star bills himself on his Twitter bio as, “The Coolest dude alive!” He’s funny. He plays guitar. He also shared his family’s adventures on a trip around the world last year with some really cool photos. Good stuff.
4. Rob Gronkowski
Why You Should Follow Him: Gronk’s Twitter posts are always fun. The Patriots star retweets funny videos, strange moments in his life, etc. And sometimes he’s giving away autographed merchandise, or playoff tickets. It’s clear this guy is loving life.
3. LeBron James
Why You Should Follow Him: Not surprisingly, the NBA’s biggest star owns one of the most-followed Twitter accounts in the world. Whether he’s taking a selfie of himself with the thrilled staff of a pizza parlor, or sharing the secret ingredient in his post-training cake (kale), he’s having fun. And you have to love his Twitter background message: “I promise never to forget where I came from.”
2. J.J. Watt
Why You Should Follow Him: The Texans’ defensive beast doesn’t hold anything back on Twitter. After a recent story in a national magazine noted he was looking for a girlfriend, Watt Tweeted, “This is news? I’m 26 & single. It’s not exactly the end of the world, I’m doing alright.” There are so many genuine, heartfelt Tweets, you’ll feel almost like a family member. Here’s Watt posting a photo of his deceased dog. Here’s a photo of him taking a walk with his 98-year-old great-grandmother on her birthday. This is true insight into the life of not just a star athlete, but an ordinary man.
1. Andrew McCutchen
Why You Should Follow Him: The man who helped resurrect baseball in Pittsburgh displays the same joyful attitude toward life on Twitter he shows on the field. He’s witty, reverent and relevant. And he can be quite funny. He recently posted a couple of short video clips of himself impersonating a bad waiter serving … himself.