At times, social media can be an ugly thing when fans try to interact with players. We've seen that happen any time that WR Josh Gordon posts a tweet, for example. If you can avoid staying away from the story that can harm your team, though, you're in pretty good shape, and Twitter in particular is a great way for players to endear themselves to fans. Just look at what CB Joe Haden does on a regular basis, or how TE Gary Barnidge engaged with fans for weekly movie nights.
The younger generation has especially taken to Twitter, and that includes the entire 2014 NFL draft class for the Cleveland Browns. QB Johnny Manziel, RB Terrance West, OL Joel Bitonio, ILB Christian Kirksey, CB Justin Gilbert, and CB Pierre Desir each have their own accounts, and several of them are actively engaging with fans.
- QB Johnny Manziel - @JManziel2
- RB Terrance West - @Terrancewest28
- OL Joel Bitonio - @JoelBitonio
- ILB Christian Kirksey - @chriskirksey20
- CB Justin Gilbert - @JGil_4
- CB Pierre Desir - @pierre_desir
Out of all the rookies, Desir is the one who is really going the extra mile to connect with fans. I was stoked when the Browns were able to get him with their final pick, and everything he has been doing just reaffirms my excitement.
@pierre_desir Who you are is so Cleveland. That's why people love you already. You'll never feel the loyalty of Cleveland Love anywhere.— Chad Gibbs (@csgibbs416) May 29, 2014