Athletes are celebrities and celebrities have Twitter. Known best for their skills on the court or field, athletes frequently use Twitter to share their feelings. For better or worse, these athletes have proved that 140 characters is certainly enough to get their point across while providing us with laughs along the way.
The “Wish I Never Tweeted This” Tweet
Caroline Wozniacki and Rory McIlroy. The golfer and tennis couple that everybody loved. After being together for over three years and announcing their engagement on twitter, they split.
On the positive side, the breakup reignited both of their athletic careers: Rory McIlroy now ranks as the best golfer in the world and Caroline Wozniacki as the fifth best tennis player in the world.
The Inspirational Tweet
Mark Herzlich, a 2010 Boston College graduate and football player for the New York Giants, was sidelined from the sport by cancer. After being diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer called Ewing's Syndrome, he was later able to overcome his illness and play in Super Bowl XLVI. Not only did he beat cancer, but he beat the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.
The Low Blow Tweet
Lolo Jones, a track and field hurdler turned bobsledder, is known for being outspoken and willing to say what is on her mind. This doesn’t stop with Twitter.
The “Anomaly” Tweet
Jim Tressel, the ex-coach of the Ohio State Buckeye Football Team and now NCAA rule violator, proves in this tweet two remarkable things: Twitter isn’t only for young people (Tressel is 63) and, surprisingly, he is a fan of Tupac.
The Reflective Tweet
Chad Johnson, formerly known as Chad Ochocinco, is reliving his “glory days” with Madden13.
The “Incredibly Dedicated to Football and Not School” Tweet
Even though we all laugh at Cardale Jones because of this tweet, we can respect his dedication to playing football. At the beginning of the 2014 College Football season, Cardale Jones was Ohio State’s third string quarterback. Injury after injury allowed Cardale to rise to starting quarterback, where he led his Ohio State Buckeyes to the National Championship title and won in dominating fashion over Oregon.
The real question for Jones is how playing school is going . . .
To all athletes, Boston College and beyond, remember Twitter can be your biggest advocate or loudest dissenter. Don’t play around with it.
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