The Best Athletes to Follow on Twitter

Note: This article was updated on June 23rd, 2020 with more up-to-date stats and information.  If you are a sports […]

April 30, 2014

Note: This article was updated on June 23rd, 2020 with more up-to-date stats and information. 

If you are a sports fan, Twitter is a great medium to follow your favorite athletes and teams. Whether you are looking to read news about the latest game, interact with fans, reach out to athletes or follow an in-game trending topic, Twitter is the place for real-time interaction.

According to Mashable, the 2014 Super Bowl generated 24.9 million tweets during the live telecast, narrowly edging last year’s record of 24.1 million tweets. Twitter also highlights the fact that, of all the national ads during the game, approximately 58% featured a hashtag – up from 50% last year.

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If you are a sports fan, there is a strong likelihood that you are addicted to Twitter and the real-time sports updates the platform provides.

Our goal was to provide a list of the 8 best athletes to follow on Twitter. These athletes excel in their profession in some way, shape or form. One thing they all have in common is their skill set on the microblogging platform.

Kobe Bryant – NBA (@KobeBryant)
Kobe was a tad bit late arriving to the Twitter platform. He didn’t create his account until January 4, 2013. Since then, he has amassed over 4.62 million followers. His in-game tweets and brutal honesty is what makes the “Black Mamba” such an intriguing follow.

Richard Sherman – NFL – (@RSherman_25)
Richard Sherman mocked Tom Brady on Twitter after the Seahawks defeated the Patriots. This instantly made the Seahawks cornerback a popular figure on Twitter. Defeating the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl added more to his Twitter fame as he is now approaching one million followers.

Dana White – UFC – (@DanaWhite)
Technically, Dana White isn’t an athlete. As the President of the UFC, his straightforward tweets and candidness has made him extremely popular not only amongst UFC fans, but throughout the sporting community. On Twitter, he will often refer to a fight as “Horrible” if it doesn’t meet his expectations.

Jason Dufner – PGA (@JasonDufner)
Dufner has an extremely outgoing personality on Twitter. He is an avid Auburn Tigers fan and tweets religiously about his Alma mater and college football. Dufner sparked his own trending hashtag, #Dufnering, and is one of the most popular professional golfers on Twitter with over 365,000 Twitter followers.

LeBron James – NBA – (@KingJames)
Not only the most popular player in the NBA, King James is also the most prevalent ball player on Twitter with over 12 million followers. The Heat forward regularly posts pictures and Tweets documenting his everyday life, which is exciting for the fans of LeBron James. Even though LeBron James relocated to Miami from Cleveland, which disappointed many fans, he still has plenty of admirers on Twitter.

Paul Bissonnette – NHL  (@BizNasty2Point0)
Paul Bissonnette doesn’t receive the most ice time with the Phoenix Coyotes, but the fourth liner has no problem poking fun at his lack of playing time. His hilarious tweets have earned @BizNasty2Point0 over 500,000 Twitter followers.  His Twitter bio states the following. “Play in the NHL for the Phoenix Coyotes. Well sort of. Once played in the ECHL for the Wheeling Nailers, seriously, that was the name. Living the dream.”

Mario Balotelli – Soccer (@FinallyMario)
You have to give props to an athlete that can tweet in multiple languages to his fans! Balotelli is a premier soccer player for AC Milan. According to Sports Illustrated, Super Mario was made for Twitter. Since joining in May, the flamboyant 22-year-old has used the platform to showcase his extravagant lifestyle – posting Twitpics of his camouflage Bentley and a custom-made statue of himself – and rollicking personality.

Nick Swisher – MLB – (@NickSwisher)
Swisher was an early adaptor to Twitter and has always hit it out of the park with his social media game. The Cleveland Indians outfielder and Ohio State alumni constantly tweets while giving fans insight as to what is going on in his mind before and after games.

Regardless of the sport the athlete participates in or their background, Twitter provides all athletes with a great outlet to connect directly with their fans. Hopefully this list will provide sports junkies with followers that they need to add to their feed.