Twitter followers of National Football League teams (in thousands), February 2015

This statistic ranks the teams of the National Football League by the number of followers on Twitter, as of February 3, 2015. With almost 1.24 million followers, the New England Patriots have the most followed NFL team account on Twitter.

Twitter followers of NFL teams - additional information

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 1.24 million in February 2015, a significant increase on the 394,000 followers it had in August 2012. The team with the fewest Twitter followers is the Arizona Cardinals, whose total stood at around 158 thousand in February 2015. However, the Cardinals were relatively late in joining the social media website in comparison to other franchises, having only signed up in October 2011.

One of the most followed playerson Twitter is actually a former NFL-player. 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 12.5 million fans as of February 2015. The most popular team was the Dallas Cowboys, whose page has been liked by 8.4 million fans. The least followed team on Facebook was the Jacksonville Jaguars, whose page had around 520,000 fans.

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 Twitter followers in 1,000s
New England Patriots 1,239
Dallas Cowboys 1,143
Pittsburgh Steelers 901
Green Bay Packers 894
San Francisco 49ers 864
Seattle Seahawks 846
New York Jets 724
New York Giants 714
Denver Broncos 681
Chicago Bears 661
Philadelphia Eagles 645
New Orleans Saints 609
Baltimore Ravens 553
Houston Texans 522
Detroit Lions 483
Oakland Raiders 439
Atlanta Falcons 422
Minnesota Vikings 406
Carolina Panthers 405
Washington Redskins 396
Miami Dolphins 393
Cleveland Browns 387
Kansas City Chiefs 371
San Diego Chargers 367
Indianapolis Colts 359
Cincinnati Bengals 326
Buffalo Bills 323
Tennessee Titans 231
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 229
St. Louis Rams 229
Jacksonville Jaguars 175
Arizona Cardinals 158
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