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Twitter followers of National Football League teams (in thousands), August 2014

This statistic ranks the teams of the National Football League by the number of followers on Twitter, as of August 1, 2014. With over 880 thousand followers, the New England Patriots have the most followed NFL team account on Twitter.

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Twitter is used by the franchises of the National Football League to give fans regular news about their team, as well as in-play updates on their games. The most followed team in the NFL since 2012 has been the New England Patriots, who go by the Twitter handle @Patriots and joined the website in April 2009. The team’s follower total stood at 883,000 in August 2014, a significant increase on the 394,000 followers it had in the same month in 2012. The team with the fewest Twitter followers is the Arizona Cardinals, whose total stood at just over 100,000 in August 2014. However, the Cardinals were relatively late in joining the social media website in comparison to other franchises, having only signed up in October 2011.

The most followed player of the NFL is Chad Johnson, who had over 3.6 million followers on Twitter as of August 2014. The wide receiver last played for the Miami Dolphins in 2012 and is now playing in the Canadian Football League with the Montreal Alouettes. His Twitter handle is @ochocinco, a surname which he adopted in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. Ocho Cinco means “eight five” in Spanish, a reference to the jersey number 85 which he wore throughout his time in the NFL. Johnson legally changed his name to Chad Ochocinco in 2008 before changing it back to Chad Johnson following his move to the Miami Dolphins in 2012.

The NFL is also widely popular on Facebook and the official league page had over 11 million fans as of August 2014. The most popular team was the Dallas Cowboys, whose page has been liked by 7.2 million fans. The least followed team on Facebook was the Jacksonville Jaguars, whose page had just under 500,000 fans

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 Twitter followers in 1,000s
New England Patriots 883
Dallas Cowboys 852
Pittsburgh Steelers 738
San Francisco 49ers 691
Green Bay Packers 689
New York Jets 655
New York Giants 597
Seattle Seahawks 562
Denver Broncos 530
New Orleans Saints 501
Chicago Bears 497
Philadelphia Eagles 475
Baltimore Ravens 443
Houston Texans 391
Oakland Raiders 367
Detroit Lions 351
Minnesota Vikings 335
Miami Dolphins 322
Atlanta Falcons 320
Washington Redskins 319
San Diego Chargers 293
Carolina Panthers 289
Cleveland Browns 281
Kansas City Chiefs 281
Indianapolis Colts 270
Cincinnati Bengals 254
Buffalo Bills 243
Tennessee Titans 186
St. Louis Rams 184
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 179
Jacksonville Jaguars 134
Arizona Cardinals 104
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