50 Sportswriters Every NFL Fan Simply Must Follow on Twitter

Matt Stein@MatthewJSteinCorrespondent IIFebruary 14, 2012

50 Sportswriters Every NFL Fan Simply Must Follow on Twitter

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    Twitter has taken the world by storm. I found this out when my mom tweeted the other day that it was time to clean up my room before dinner.

    While politics, finances and other areas of interest are certainly prominent on Twitter, nothing is as huge as the world of sports. And the biggest chunk of that world belongs to the NFL.

    If you're an NFL fan, here are 50 sportswriters that you simply must follow on Twitter.

Matthew Stein, Bleacher Report

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    Twitter Account: @MatthewJStein

    I'm kidding. Seriously.

    It would be a bad idea to follow me on Twitter. I'm the Twitter equivalent to a gnat. It makes no difference whether I'm on there or smashed up against the windshield of a car.

    Even my mom stopped following me on Twitter.

    Seriously, move onto the next slide already.

Judy Battista, New York Times

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    Twitter Account: @judybattista

    Judy Battista brings a wealth of knowledge and information to Twitter. As an NFL writer for the New York Times, Battista specializes in news regarding the New York Giants and New York Jets.

    However, she's always good for league-wide information and is certainly worth following.

Matthew Berry, ESPN

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    Twitter Account: @MatthewBerryTMR

    Matthew Berry is Mr. Fantasy Football for ESPN.

    He's always got the inside information on who to start and who to sit for fantasy football leagues.

Andrew Brandt, National Football Post

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    Twitter Account: @adbrandt

    Andrew Brandt has been around the NFL for quite some time.

    His insight into the actual business of the league (contracts, rules, etc.) is quite exciting to keep tabs on.

Albert Breer, NFL Network

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    Twitter Account: @AlbertBreer

    There are times when Albert Breer gives more information about his personal life than you want, but it's definitely worth hearing about his latest ski trip to get his inside NFL information.

    He knows players, people and teams and whether they'll fit together nicely or not.

Jay Glazer, FOX Sports

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    Twitter Account: @Jay_Glazer

    While Jay Glazer has moved more towards the MMA side of the world, he is still one of the top reporters in the business.

    He's honest and stays true to his opinions. What more could you ask?

Adam Schefter, ESPN

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    Twitter Account: @AdamSchefter

    There are few people on Twitter who are as in-the-know about the NFL as Adam Schefter.

    He seems to break the biggest stories, have all the inside information and is able to give great insight into the league as a whole. You'll certainly learn a few things if you follow Schefter.

Chris Mortensen, ESPN

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    Twitter Account: @mortreport

    Chris Mortensen has been around the league for a long time which makes him a wealth of information.

    One of the best things about Mortensen on Twitter is how much he interacts with fans. If you've ever got a question about the NFL, send it over to him and he'll likely reply with the answer you are looking for.

Michael Lombardi, NFL.com

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    Twitter Account: @michaellombardi

    Michael Lombardi is one of the most well known NFL sportswriters there are.

    He spent the beginning of his career actually working for NFL teams and has since turned back to writing about them. He's always got more inside information than anyone else, and he's also able to add a wealth of information to the draft and scouting of prospects.

    I guarantee that if you follow Lombardi, you'll learn more about football than you'd ever thought possible.

Brian McCarthy, NFL

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    Twitter Account: @NFLprguy

    While Brian McCarthy isn't technically a sportswriter, he definitely acts like one on Twitter.

    As the public relations man for the NFL, McCarthy is an elite source for the most secretive information.

Michael Fabiano, NFL.com

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    Twitter Account: @Michael_Fabiano

    If you're into that fantasy football thing, Michael Fabiano is a man that you must follow.

    You know that this man is obsessive about fantasy football because he's already starting to put out fantasy mock drafts one week after the Super Bowl.

    For those that want an early jump on their fantasy football leagues, Fabiano is the man to get your information from.

Bleacher Report NFL, Bleacher Report

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    Twitter Account: @BR_NFL

    Well, of course Bleacher Report is going to make their own list.

    The NFL Twitter account of the world's greatest sports website (too much?) keeps you up to date on the big news and best articles related to the NFL.

Peter King, Sports Illustrated

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    Twitter Account: @SI_PeterKing

    It doesn't get much better in sports writing than Peter King. We're talking about one of the best in the business.

    He is so classy and so informative that following him on Twitter is something that absolutely needs to be done. For being such a respected writer, King has quite the sense of humor on Twitter.

Darren Rovell, CNBC

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    Twitter Account: @darrenrovell

    When you want to know about the business side of the NFL, there is no better man to follow on Twitter than Darren Rovell.

    Of course, you're likely to get complaints about the quality of looks at the Playboy Mansion, but it is definitely worth it for the NFL business information you'll receive.

Gregg Rosenthal, Pro Football Talk, NBC Sports, Rotoworld

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    Twitter Account: @greggrosenthal

    Gregg Rosenthal has been in the world of the NFL for quite some time and as such, he provides great insight.

    He has great knowledge about players, coaches and organizations as a whole. 

Benjamin Volin, The Palm Beach Post

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    Twitter Account: @benvolinpbp

    While Benjamin Volin mainly tweets about information regarding the Miami Dolphins, the information he does give is purely genius.

    It's great to watch a tactician go to work on a team he loves, and the breaking news and insight that Volin gives is awesome.

Jason La Canfora, NFL.com/NFL Network

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    Twitter Account: @JasonLaCanfora

    Jason La Canfora is as honest as they come as a writer and he doesn't lose any of that honesty on Twitter.

    He'll tell you exactly what he thinks about a situation, which is usually correct, and he does a great job at interacting with followers.

Ralph Vacchiano, NY Daily News

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    Twitter Account: @TheBlueScreen

    If you happen to be a big fan of the New York Giants, Ralph Vacchiano should be your main man.

    He knows everything there is to know about the Giants and tweets about them constantly.

Jason McIntyre, The Big Lead

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    Twitter Account: @TheBigLead

    For those that love combining pop culture and the NFL, you'll likely enjoy following a man like Jason McIntyre.

    He covers every sport known to mankind in a humorous way, but he especially excels at mixing laughter and the NFL. You're likely to get a big kick out of his tweets.

Mike Pereira, FOX

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    Twitter Account: @MikePereira

    Mike Pereira is a great man to follow on Twitter during actual NFL games. 

    As a former vice president of officiating, he often provides quality information regarding penalties and challenges.

Mel Kiper, Jr., ESPN

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    Twitter Account: @MelKiperESPN

    Mel Kiper, Jr. is ESPN's NFL draft baby.

    He's easily their top analyst, even though the information he gives seems a little far off at times. However, if you ever need to know the inside and outs of the draft, look to Kiper to provide some quality information.

Trey Wingo, ESPN

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    Twitter Account: @wingoz

    Of all the ESPN analysts, Trey Wingo may be the best of them all.

    He's a fantastic interviewer and often sees and picks up on things that no one else does. He also happens to be rather hysterical on Twitter.

John Clayton, ESPN

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    Twitter Account: @ClaytonESPN

    I promise that this is the last ESPN Twitter account for right now. The truth is that ESPN does a fine job at covering the NFL and their analysts, like John Clayton, provide great information on Twitter.

    As one of their top NFL analysts, Clayton is always up to date on the biggest happenings around the league. Injuries, contracts, trades and more are all likely to be covered by Clayton via Twitter.

Deadspin, Deadspin

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    Twitter Account: @deadspin

    Let me first say that Deadspin isn't for everyone. They are often rude, crude and way out in left field.

    However, when you need a good break from your day and need to know if Tom Brady was mentioned more than Eli Manning on SportsCenter last week, Deadspin is the place to go.

    I swear that is a real article on that website. Don't believe me? Check it out.

The Onion Sports Network, The Onion News

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    Twitter Account: @OnionSports

    Before you check out The Onion Sports Network, I must warn you that the majority of their articles are false.

    However, they are also some of the funniest sports-related content on the planet and definitely worth a read. 

    I would recommend going to their site after your favorite NFL team has lost a game. They are sure to cheer you up.

Wes Bunting, National Football Post

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    Twitter Account: @WesBunting

    As far as NFL scouts go on Twitter, Wes Bunting may be the best of them all.

    For the National Football Post, Bunting covers every prospect and big event related to the NFL draft. He does a fantastic job of providing key information on players and provides great insight into what they excel at and what they could improve.

Matt Miller, Bleacher Report

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    Twitter Account: @nfldraftscout

    Matt Miller has been covering the NFL draft for years, and with such a wealth of knowledge, he's definitely worth following on Twitter.

    There is one thing you should know. Miller isn't afraid of telling you exactly what he thinks.

    While that type of honesty is certainly refreshing, if you cry easily, you may want to stay away from his tweets.

Josh Norris, Rotoworld

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    Twitter Account: @JoshNorris

    Few people provide quality draft content on Twitter like Josh Norris.

    What makes him so enjoyable to follow is the way he interacts with his fans. No question is stupid or ridiculous to him, and you can tell he truly loves the NFL and what he does.

Greg A. Bedard, Boston Globe

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    Twitter Account: @GregABedard

    The majority of content that Greg Bedard puts on Twitter is related to the New England Patriots, but as a former journalist covering both the Green Bay Packers and Miami Dolphins, Bedard does a good job at sharing about most NFL teams.

    He does a fantastic job covering the Patriots and the rest of the information he provides is generally awesome also.

Evan Silva, Rotoworld

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    Twitter Account: @evansilva

    There are two things that I really like about Evan Silva on Twitter. 

    The first is that he knows what he is talking about. He cites sources, gives insight and has great knowledge about the game of football.

    The second thing I like about him is his commentary to what other people say. He'll often repeat what a guy like Todd McShay or Mel Kiper, Jr. said and give you his take.

    It's a great way to keep up with all the major NFL commentators just by simply following Silva.

Doug Farrar, Yahoo! Sports

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    Twitter Account: @SC_DougFarrar

    As the editor of Shutdown Corner for Yahoo! Sports, Doug Farrar has everything you could want from a journalist.

    He loves the game of football and has a great sense of humor.

    He also loves his mom, which is a great thing.


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    Twitter Account: @nfl

    While the NFL isn't technically a sportswriter, they are the freakin' NFL.

    Leaving them off this list would be like leaving pumpkin pie off a list of the best desserts in the world.

    A travesty is what it would be.

Bill Simmons, ESPN/Grantland

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    Twitter Account: @sportsguy33

    Bill Simmons is a sports writing legend.

    While his favorite sport may be basketball, Simmons does a great job of referencing the NFL on his Twitter account.

    He is hilarious and absolutely needs to be followed for his unique take on situations.

ESPN Rumor Central, ESPN

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    Twitter Account: @NFLRumorCentral

    We all love rumors about the NFL, and who to better bring them to you than the rumor central for media giant ESPN.

    If you want to know about the "what-ifs" and "coulda-beens," the ESPN Rumor Central has all you need.

Dan Wetzel, Yahoo! Sports

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    Twitter Account: @DanWetzel

    While Dan Wetzel covers every sport for Yahoo! Sports, his best journalism shows up when writing about the NFL.

    His piece on Tom Brady after Super Bowl XLVI was pure genius. Wetzel is one of the classiest and most talented writers currently covering the NFL.

Josh Zerkle, Bleacher Report

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    Twitter Account: @Josh Zerkle

    As the lead NFL writer for Bleacher Report, Josh Zerkle has established himself as a unique talent in the writing world.

    He has a fantastic sense of humor and is fearless about taking shots at whoever deserves it.

    If you want to see some of Zerkle's crazier side, I recommend you follow his alter-ego, @PUNTE.

Adam Caplan, The Sideline View

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    Twitter Account: @caplannfl

    Adam Caplan has a wide range of knowledge concerning every team in the NFL.

    He's an insider type of man who has a great understanding of the game of football. While he retweets quite a bit, Caplan also does a good job at providing depth into team situations and team needs.

Dan Kadar, Mocking the Draft

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    Twitter Account: @MockingTheDraft

    Dan Kadar is a rather underrated individual on Twitter. 

    The information he provides on Mocking The Draft is great stuff, as are his tweets regarding the NFL draft.

    He has all the who, what, where and hows of the draft, and is always up for some quality draft talk.

Matt Bowen, National Football Post

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    Twitter Account: @MattBowen41

    As a former NFL player, Matt Bowen has the great ability to give you information regarding what NFL players are thinking.

    One of the best things I've seen on Twitter happened by Bowen after Ricky Williams retired. Bowen tweeted what a stiff arm from Williams felt like.

    That type of information is priceless to true NFL fans.

Russ Lande, Sporting News

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    Twitter Account: @RUSSLANDE

    Russ Lande is another NFL draft guy, and he may be one of the most well respected ones of the bunch.

    His analysis is always spot on, he never jumps to conclusions and is generally one of the nicest individuals you could follow on twitter.

Deion Sanders, NFL Network

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    Twitter Account: @DeionSanders

    Love him or hate him, Deion Sanders is actually a pretty good football analyst for the NFL Network.

    Since he was one of the best to ever play the game, he has loads of knowledge about what really goes on inside the world of the NFL.

Jim Trotter, Sports Illustrated

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    Twitter Account: @SI_JimTrotter

    Jim Trotter is what I like to call a serial tweeter. I don't know how this man gets any writing done with tweeting so frequently, but it happens.

    And if I must say so myself, his work generally turns out rather awesomely. The best part about following Trotter is the information he gets straight from NFL players.

    Not agents or team sources, but the actual players.

Mike Sando, ESPN

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    Twitter Account: @espn_nfcwest

    If your favorite team is in the NFC West, and you aren't following Mike Sando, you may be clinically insane.

    Sando has all the information you could ever want about the NFC West, and he does a great job at keeping you up to date via Twitter about the happenings in that division.

Bill Barnwell, Grantland

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    Twitter Account: @billbarnwell

    Bill Barnwell writes with a unique view of the NFL and he shares that same view on Twitter.

    While the stuff he posts isn't always about the league, when he does put up information about football, it is guaranteed to be gold.

Roger Goodell, NFL

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    Twitter Account: @nflcommish

    Come on, he's the NFL Commissioner for crying out loud.

    You are basically obligated to follow him if you're an NFL fan.

Todd McShay, ESPN

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    Twitter Account: @McShay13

    Todd McShay is the other draft wunderkind for ESPN.

    He'll sometimes appear to be swayed by the media, but he sticks to his guns and gives great information about draft prospects on his Twitter account.

Bucky Brooks, NFL.com

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    Twitter Account: @BuckyBrooks

    There aren't many journalists out there who can do as much as Bucky Brooks. Some sportswriters just cover the draft or just cover the games, but Brooks can literally do it all.

    He is loaded with information in every facet of the game and shares it willingly on Twitter.

Ralph Mancini, NFL Draft Bible

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    Twitter Account: @reverendralph

    Whenever you have enough respect to garner the nickname "The Rev," you know you are good at what you do.

    While Ralph Mancini specializes in NFL draft coverage, he still has a great sense of the league as a whole. He is easily the least well known of all sportswriters on this list, but he absolutely deserves to be followed on Twitter.

    He really is that good at what he does.

Craig Ellenport

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    Twitter Account: @ellenport

    Craig Ellenport has been around the NFL for a long time. He's a highly respected journalist.

    While he doesn't spend as much time on Twitter as others on this list, the information he does tweet is simply amazing.

Rich Eisen, NFL Network

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    Twitter Account: @richeisen

    If these was one man to follow on Twitter, my vote would go to the legendary Rich Eisen.

    When it comes to the world of NFL, Eisen is as respected as they come. Players love him, fans love him and other journalists love him.

    I've also heard that when he blinks, he makes rainbows. 

    Okay, I'm kidding about that last part, but Eisen is definitely the best when it comes to Twitter.