Twitter followers of National Football League teams in August 2016 (in 1,000s)

This statistic ranks the teams of the National Football League by the number of followers on Twitter, as of August 15, 2016. With about 2.51 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 thousands
New England Patriots 2.51
Dallas Cowboys 1.85
Denver Broncos 1.84
Carolina Panthers 1.73
Seattle Seahawks 1.39
Pittsburgh Steelers 1.36
Green Bay Packers 1.34
San Francisco 49ers 1.29
Philadelphia Eagles 1.2
Chicago Bears 1.12
New York Giants 1.11
Houston Texans 1.01
New York Jets 0.97
New Orleans Saints 0.92
Baltimore Ravens 0.86
Detroit Lions 0.84
Atlanta Falcons 0.82
Washington Redskins 0.75
Oakland Raiders 0.71
Cleveland Browns 0.68
Minnesota Vikings 0.67
Kansas City Chiefs 0.65
Miami Dolphins 0.64
Indianapolis Colts 0.63
Cincinnati Bengals 0.57
San Diego Chargers 0.57
Buffalo Bills 0.56
Arizona Cardinals 0.51
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 0.46
Tennessee Titans 0.43
St. Louis Rams 0.41
Jacksonville Jaguars 0.36
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