Twitter has opened new doors for news organizations and their most reliable sources are the news makers Twitter accounts. Athletes are jumping in with with both thumbs, messaging everything from contract negotiations to locker room tiffs.
Chad Ocho Cinco: wide receiver Cincinnati Bengals.
Chad Ocho Cinco talks about everything during the off season, including his daily trials and tribulations on Dancing with the Stars. During the NFL season, Chad Ocho Cinco uses his twitter account to annoy the cornerback that will be covering him that particular weekend.
His most famous tweet last year was directed at New York Jet Derrelle Revis, the best shut down corner in the NFL. Ocho Cinco stated on Twitter the week before the game, “Derrelle Revis couldn’t cover me in a brown paper bag.” Next tweet, “If Derrelle Revis holds me without a catch I will change my name back to Chad Johnson.” Revis did hold Ocho Cinco without a catch and is still waiting for Ocho Cinco to change his name back.
Jeremy Shockey: tight end New Orleans Saints.
Jeremy Shockey is a little on eccentric side which lends itself to some classic tweets by the controversial New Orleans Saints tight end. Shockey went as far as asking women to send a tweet for a chance to win a dinner date. “So just make ur vid why u should win the contest to go to dinn w me.. can be any reasoning u have.. just be genuine.” The results were hilarious.
Jay Feely: kicker New York Jets.
A kicker as a fun athlete to follow on Twitter? Feely loves to stir it up with teammates and former teammates on Twitter and it is good fun watching the bedlam that ensues. Feely doesn’t mind making fun of himself either. This tweet was regarding a Ted Ginn Jr kick return that Feely when Feely was on the field. “Im guessing i make an appearance RT @SedanoShow Video: The Ted Ginn Highlights http://bit.ly/aY0fCh.”
Frank Mir: UFC MMA Fighter
Some MMA fighters stay out of the public eye before a fight. Not Frank Mir. Knowing that his upcoming opponent will be following him on Twitter, Mir takes advantage by harrassing his opponent over the social network. Mir knows how to get under the skin of most opponents and he takes advantage of his abrasiveness. Mir recently found himself in hot water with a tweet saying that he wanted to kill Brock Lesnar in the Octagon. That didn’t go over well with Dana White or UFC’s owner Lorenzo Fertitta.
Scott Speed: NASCAR driver.
To say Scott Speed is different is an understatement. Speed is the round peg trying to fit into NASCAR’s square hole and his tweets reflect this on occasion. Speed loves to take pictures at appearances and is big on retweeting everyone’s comments and pictures. When Speed was preparing to go live on the set of NASCAR’s Trackside on Speed TV he sent out this tweet from a fan, “Ha ha RT @ssfan82: Why in the world is Trackside spending this much time with Menard? Boring. Hoping that @scottspeed will wake them up.”
Helio Castroneves: IRL driver.
Helio may have someone running his Twitter when he is on the road but he does show a lot of pictures and is very bi-lingual with his tweets. For those Twitter followers that are bi-lingual, Helio Castroneves is an excellent choice to follow. He gives out a lot of extra information and has fun with his account on off weeks also. Castroneves favorite use of Twitter is the pictures as he shared this picture with Danica Patrick before the Long Beach Grand Prix.
Jerry Rice: former wide receiver San Francisco 49ers.
Although Jerry Rice is retired, he is a virtual rookie to the world of Twitter and he has attacked his Twitter account with the same voracious appetite he had for burning cornerbacks in his NFL days. The retired Jerry Rice is still very active and tweets his upcoming charity events and even follows Tiger Woods at The Masters. Rice was recently sharing information on Tiger Woods with fellow Twitter friend Chad Ocho Cinco, “2 under through 12. RT @OGOchoCinco: I’m not able to watch The Masters but I bet any one of my McDonald coupon books he is dominating.”
Jared Allen: defensive lineman Minnesota Vikings.
Jared Allen is the comic relief on the Minnesota Viking team and he loves to use Twitter to stir things up with his teammates and the opposition. During the off season, Allen has been using his Twitter and Facebook accounts to market himself and his newest project, “RT this message for a chance to win a signed jersey – New Jared Allen App out now!” The application is called the Mullet Generator. Now, how could I make that up?
Nick Mangold: offensive lineman New York Jets.
Nick Mangold, a former Ohio State Buckeye, loves to to take jabs at his teammates more than the opposition. His favorite targets are Dustin Keller and Derrelle Revis. This was his tweet as he went on vacation to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, “Sitting in the airport waiting on the flight 2 Cabo and I’m a little miffed that @Revis24 is doing First Take (an ESPN show). I sure hope this isn’t a joke.”
Terrell Owens: wide receiver?
Terrell Owens on Twitter is getting to be almost as insignificant as Owens himself. With Owens 2010 NFL season up in the air, he may be somewhat interesting as the season appraoches.