The 10 Athletes You Need To Follow On Twitter

Athletes in all sports from around the world have flocked to Twitter over the years to connect with fans, speak their minds, and eliminate any media that may alter their words. From the many it can be hard to decide who to follow without overpopulating your Twitter feed. The athletes to read in the world of sports must possess one of three things: humour, insight, or impulsiveness. The following ten tweeters have the ability to inform, interact, and occasionally scandalize the Twittersphere.

Athletes in all sports from around the world have flocked to Twitter over the years to connect with fans, speak their minds, and eliminate any media that may alter their words. From the many it can be hard to decide who to follow without overpopulating your Twitter feed. The athletes to read in the world of sports must possess one of three things: humor, insight, or impulsiveness. The following ten tweeters have the ability to inform, interact, and occasionally scandalize the Twittersphere.

Lebron James, @KingJames: You should not follow him because he is the best player in the league, nor should you follow him because he is the most publicized athlete. The reason you should follow him is because he is honest, and at times reckless. His tweets make news, and he more likely than most to tweet something that he may need to quickly delete or apologize for. He is an interesting case study for those who are curious about how fame and money affect people. He never faced adversity or dissent in the public until he decided to join the Miami Heat amid much egocentric pomp and celebration. Now he can appear lost, seeking to say and do the right things to get people to like him again. The the spotlight is on him during the playoffs, look for him to go to Twitter to speak his mind.

Steve Nash, @stevenash: The All-Star basketball player from north of the border is one of the smartest and most talented athletes in the world. He has year after year taken care of his body, played well on the court, and improved the game of those around him by playing to his teammates strengths. Humility, self-deprecation, and intelligence make for a great Tweets, and Nash possesses all three traits. Nash is a huge soccer fan, and now has a new team to cheer on in Canada (Go Vancouver Whitecaps), and he is not above messaging and retweeting fans.

Shaquille O’Neal, @THE_REAL_SHAQ: It is hard to succinctly describe one of the most generous, sincere, and excitable athletes in the world. Suffice to say, Shaq’s persona, one that has dominated the basketball court, and taken to movies, television, and music among other avenues, is perfect for twitter (he has 3.6 million followers, the most of any athlete). He may tweet the world to come meet him somewhere, or ask for advice, but Shaq’s very accurate, very pithy, and very funny description is as good a reason as any to follow him: “VERY QUOTATIOUS, I PERFORM RANDOM ACTS OF SHAQNESS”

Drew Brees; @drewbrees: One of the faces of New Orleans, Brees have embraced the hurricane-ravaged city and brought them a memorable and meaningful championship to the Big Easy in 2010. He is often heralded as a selfless player and person, and ranks as of one of the top quarterbacks in the league. His positive demeanor, sheer talent, and engaged persona have made him a great role model in the league. He has of late become one of the strong voices on the side of the players union in the continuing labor negotiations between the NFLPA and the owners. He is not shy about taking his comments to Twitter, and as talks continue and the future stays unknown, he is someone important to follow.

Nick Swisher, @NickSwisher: One of the pranksters and goofballs of the New York Yankees rejuvenated locker room under Joe Girardi, Swisher has taken his antics and positive spirit to Twitter, where he shares pictures, messages fans, and makes the mundane a bit more interesting by adding exclamation points. In a sport where many athletes are closed off and far more disconnected to their fans, Swisher stays down-to-earth and engaged, not afraid to embarrass himself or share stories to fans.

Ian Poulter, @IanJamesPoulter: Golf is lucky to have a man like Poulter. He has the talent and staying power to consistently compete at the major tournaments, but he also the personality to appeal to the public. Tiger Woods was always shut off to the public and very serious about his game, and though he was the face of the sport he never had such a connection to fans and media as Poulter does. He is young, humble, but engaging and energetic, and all that comes across on Twitter. Follow him as he tweets about his favorite sports teams, his family, and of course, his swing.

Alexander Ovechkin, @Ovi8: One of the top hockey players in the world, Ovie as he is affectionately known is one of the most earnest and easily elated athletes around. He is humble outside the arena but insistent on the ice, playing hard while genuinely enjoying every moment. Some of his tweets are simple, but they are unique in that unlike most athletes, they come from a place of youthful passion and energy, often employing excessive exclamation points and capitals, no pun intended. His excitement is welcomed, his at times poor English funny, and his tweets always honest.

Danica Patrick, @DanicaPatrick: Patrick is a fascinating woman: she has broken barriers in auto-racing, she has gained attention both for her toughness on the track as well as her sexuality, and she has made herself one of the most recognizable faces in not just racing, but in all of sports. She has done this through commercials, photo-shoots, and of course driving. She is clearly not shy, showing off her body in pictures, but also calling out other drivers and getting into scraps with competitors. Her life is intriguing, and she displays her charming personality for all to see on Twitter.

Andy Roddick, @AndyRoddick The face of American tennis for some time, Roddick is animated both on and off the court. He is always honest about his play and often self-deprecating, and isn’t afraid to show emotion, particularly on Twitter. His tweets are funny but informative, commenting both on the world of tennis and current affairs. And while he may be a hard competitor and passionate athlete, he has a clear perspective on things, knowing how fortunate he is to not only be paid for playing a game, but also to be married to model Brooklyn Decker. Roddick has a good life, and happily connects with fans.

Bill Simmons, @sportsguy33: Yes, he is not an athlete, at least not a professional one. If you want to know what athletes are saying and doing, and you want to be in on all the gossip and news around the world of sports, Simmons is a must follow. He has tons of contacts around the sports worlds, and knows how to effectively use social media, more than any others. 2 million people can’t be wrong! Right?