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

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Twitter followers in thousands
New England Patriots2.51
Dallas Cowboys1.85
Denver Broncos1.84
Carolina Panthers1.73
Seattle Seahawks1.39
Pittsburgh Steelers1.36
Green Bay Packers1.34
San Francisco 49ers1.29
Philadelphia Eagles1.2
Chicago Bears1.12
New York Giants1.11
Houston Texans1.01
New York Jets0.97
New Orleans Saints0.92
Baltimore Ravens0.86
Detroit Lions0.84
Atlanta Falcons0.82
Washington Redskins0.75
Oakland Raiders0.71
Cleveland Browns0.68
Minnesota Vikings0.67
Kansas City Chiefs0.65
Miami Dolphins0.64
Indianapolis Colts0.63
Cincinnati Bengals0.57
San Diego Chargers0.57
Buffalo Bills0.56
Arizona Cardinals0.51
Tampa Bay Buccaneers0.46
Tennessee Titans0.43
St. Louis Rams0.41
Jacksonville Jaguars0.36
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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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