If the only people you’re following on Twitter are people you know, then you’re probably doing it wrong. Sure, it’s good to keep tabs on what your friends are up to, but is it really all that interesting? It’s high time you started following some people who actually are actually doing something interesting – like professional athletes! From Michael Phelps to Shaun White, we’ve got you covered with 10 Pro Athletes Who Twitter.
Eli Manning – Quarterback, NY Giants
Twitter ID: elimanning
Drafted as the first overall pick in the 2004 NFL draft, the younger brother of the Colt’s Peyton Manning began his pro career with the San Diego Chargers. He then moved over to the New York Giants, going on to beat the undefeated New England Patriots in the 2008 Super Bowl.
Best Tweet: big game tonight. home field at stake. feelin good 6:05 PM Dec 21st, 2008 from mobile web
Shaun White – Snowboarder
Twitter ID: Shaun_White
Known as “The Flying Tomato,” Shaun White started his pro snowboarding career at age 13 (though he was already sponsored by Burton snowboards years before that). He’s placed in the top 3 at the Winter X-Games every year since 2002, winning gold a whopping seven times. And that’s on top of an Olympic gold medal win in 2006. Oh yeah, and he’s a pro skateboarder, too – but just for fun, when he’s not busy snowboarding, having won silver, gold and bronze in the Summer X-Games ’05, ’07 and ’08 vert competitions.
Best Tweet: Out of Vermont and on to Europe! Heading to Switzerland for the Burton EU Open…and some chocolate and watches of course! about 22 hours ago from web
Kerry Rhodes – Free Safety, NY Jets
Twitter ID: kerryrhodes
New York Jets free safety Kerry Rhodes graduated from the University of Louisville in 2004, closing out his college career with 167 tackles, 18 pass deflections and 11 interceptions for 106 yards in returns and was accorded first-team All-Conference USA honors his senior year. He was drafted to the Jets in 2005, recording 108 total tackles (85 solo), a sack, an interception, 9 pass deflections and a forced fumble in his first year.
Best Tweet: its so painful watching these teams play!!! especially the ones we killed 1:25 PM Jan 11th from web
Mike Vallely – Skateboarder
Twitter ID: MikeVallely
Vallely started skateboarding professionally in 1987, after being sponsored by Powell Peralta only a year and a half after Mike first picked up a board. In addition to countless videos, competitions and magazine appearances, Mike has been featured in Tony Hawk Underground, Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland, Tony Hawk’s Project 8 as well as Tony Hawk’s Proving Ground video games.
Best Tweet: Hobo Tour 1989: http://mikevallely.com/?p=814 10:41 PM Jan 3rd from web
Shaquille O’Neal – Center, Phoenix Suns
Twitter ID: THE_REAL_SHAQ
If you don’t know who Shaquille O’Neal is, then you probably shouldn’t be reading this list. In fact, I’d go back and make sure you haven’t been in a coma your entire life leading up to this moment. But just in case, Shaq is one of the most famous basketball players on Earth, having spent most of his career with the L.A. Lakers, with whom he won three of his four NBA Championships; the fourth he won with the Miami Heat. He now plays for the Phoenix Suns.
Best Tweet: For those who wanna know, i am getting my doctorate in human resource development Why Because im a people person about 19 hours ago from txt
Natalie Gulbis – Golfer
Twitter ID: natalie_gulbis
Natalie Gulbis is by far the hottest female pro golfer on the planet. Having won her first tournament at age 7, Gulbis placed in the top 10 in four consecutive major championships and won her first LPGA tournament in the 2007 Evian Masters.
Best Tweet: “What’s everyone doing for NYE? I’m on a 200ft. Yacht in Caribbean!” 12:09 PM Dec 31st, 2008 from web
Jerry Rice – Former Wide Receiver, SF 49’ers
Twitter ID: jerryrice
Like Shaq, you should already know who Jerry Rice is. But again, we’ll clear things up if there is any confusion. Known as the best wide receiver of all time, Jerry Rice played primarily for the San Fransisco 49ers, helping them win three Super Bowls between 1985 and 2000. In 2001, he moved over to the Oakland Raiders, helping land them an AFC Championship. Basically, anytime Rice was on a team, they stood a good chance of kicking ass.
Best Tweet: still can’t get Shaq to follow….lol 10:09 PM Jan 7th from web
Michael Phelps – Olympic Swimmer
Twitter ID: Michael_Phelps
Now known as the best Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps has won a grand total of 14 Olympic gold medals and currently holds seven world records in swimming. As a side-note, he also has ADHD and his teammates call him “Gomer” because he reminds them of “Gomer Pyle” from The Andy Griffith Show. Hmmm, wonder why…
Best Tweet: Relaaxxxxxxxxxxing for a bit. Listening to my ipod…and by the way, Yes I’m still single and it’s an 8800. 11:13 AM Sep 17th, 2008 from web
Andy Murray – Tennis
Twitter ID: andy_murray
Starting his career in 2005, Scottish tennis player Andy Murray is currently the highest ranking British (yes, Scotland is still “British”) tennis player on the scene. Murray finally broke into the ATA Top 10 in 2007 and reached his career-high of fourth place after defeating Roger Federer at the 2008 U.S. Open.
Best Tweet: Won my match but lost at footie tennis after. My forfeit is 2 wear my clothes inside out at dinner tonite! Jez lost 2 and has 2 carry ev … 10:36 AM Jan 1st from txt
Lance Armstrong – Cyclist
Twitter ID: lancearmstrong
One of the world’s best athletes, cyclist Lance Armstrong has won the Tour de France a record-breaking seven times, having broken the previous record of five, held by Miguel Indurain, Bernard Hinault, Eddy Merckx and Jacques Anquetil. In addition to kicking ass on a bicycle and setting world records, Armstrong also beat brain and testicular cancer and is responsible for all those F’ing yellow bracelets.
Best Tweet: Also, about to send a pic of my NEW bike for the Tour Down Under. It’s bad@$$.. 4:12 AM yesterday from TwitterBerry
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