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

This statistic ranks the teams of the National Football League by the number of followers on Twitter, as of August 10, 2015. With about 1.41 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 1,412
Dallas Cowboys 1,327
Green Bay Packers 1,003
Pittsburgh Steelers 999.7
Seattle Seahawks 976
San Francisco 49ers 971
New York Giants 804
Chicago Bears 794
Philadelphia Eagles 792
New York Jets 784
Denver Broncos 758
New Orleans Saints 689
Houston Texans 641
Baltimore Ravens 626
Detroit Lions 576
Atlanta Falcons 506
Oakland Raiders 504
Carolina Panthers 491
Cleveland Browns 470
Minnesota Vikings 468
Miami Dolphins 459
Washington Redskins 458
Kansas City Chiefs 440
San Diego Chargers 426
Indianapolis Colts 425
Buffalo Bills 383
Cincinnati Bengals 381
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 286
Tennessee Titans 281
St. Louis Rams 269
Jacksonville Jaguars 217
Arizona Cardinals 198
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