Rams players distracted by Twitter? What do u think…


Ok, this is just an observation, but I just went through all of the Rams players and discovered who is most active on Twitter. Ok I am lying I only went through several, but I found an interesting possible trend. Most of the proven players who are for-sure starters or backups are either rarely on Twitter or if they are, its mostly about football stuff for the fans. The others who are on the bubble or who are fighting for a job (aka unproven in the NFL) seem to be on Twitter pretty much all the time. The things they are Tweeting are mostly not related to the Rams or anything close to football. I don’t really care to see a photo of your expensive dinner you are about to eat. I could care less about how bad you wanna be a Ram. Go BE a Ram. Some of these guys can’t spell, they try to be all tough, they are all cocky, and then they describe something about how pretty the trees are where they are driving. Hello? Perhaps you should study the playbook, go practice a bit more, run, or hit the gym. I am not saying they shouldn’t be on Twitter, Facebook, or whatever else they are completely free to do in their spare time. I am just saying that playing football in the NFL is a mindset, an attitude, a way of thinking. ESPECIALLY right now as you try to make the team and get ready for the Philadelphia “dream team” Eagles in 2 weeks. They make the cut to 80 in a few days and then to 53 soon after. Are some of the Rams players lack of focus caused by Twitter? Or perhaps they were never really cut out for the 2011 Rams team in the 1st place and they were going to get distracted by a bug flying by? Maybe it does tell us how focused you are or aren’t. For example, Sam Bradford’s (if this is even his page and he is even on Twitter at all) last tweet? Over a year ago talking about going to sleep to get ready for practice. Right on Sam. Thank God we went 1-15 in 2009 so we could get you to lead this team. Add me on Twitter @DarrynOTL

  • KandyceRodgers

    I like how the experts on how to make an NFL team have never played one down in professional sports. It’s called PR, building your fan base and showing the public you are a real person. Not just a NFL Football Player. Tweeting is like texting. It’s an outlet. These athletes eat, breathe and sleep football. They need a break. Think on that before you cast down judgments.

  • KandyceRodgers

    I like how the experts on how to make an NFL team have never played one down in professional sports. It’s called PR, building your fan base and showing the public you are a real person. Not just a NFL Football Player. Tweeting is like texting. It’s an outlet. These athletes eat, breathe and sleep football. They need a break. Think on that before you cast down judgments.

  • DarrynOTL

    hi Kandyce, fair enough. Thanks for the comment. As I mentioned in my blog, it was just an interesting observation between players who Tweet alot and players who don’t and the correlation as to where they are on the depth chart. I don’t need to have played a professional sport to know how important it is be focused, especially in the dog-eat-dog world of the NFL. It was my observation that most of the players who are doing the tweeting are the ones who aren’t playing a whole lot. The frequency and content of the true stars in the NFL are 100% different than most of the guys who will be looking for jobs in the next few weeks. And have you ever played a pro sport? How do you know all of them eat, breathe, and sleep football? You are sadly mistaken. There are many players who are focused on other things and get distracted and enjoy the perks of being in the NFL as opposed to living the sport like they should. Hence my blog on Twitter. And you build your fan base on the field, not off the field or on your Blackberry.

  • DarrynOTL

    hi Kandyce, fair enough. Thanks for the comment. As I mentioned in my blog, it was just an interesting observation between players who Tweet alot and players who don’t and the correlation as to where they are on the depth chart. I don’t need to have played a professional sport to know how important it is be focused, especially in the dog-eat-dog world of the NFL. It was my observation that most of the players who are doing the tweeting are the ones who aren’t playing a whole lot. The frequency and content of the true stars in the NFL are 100% different than most of the guys who will be looking for jobs in the next few weeks. And have you ever played a pro sport? How do you know all of them eat, breathe, and sleep football? You are sadly mistaken. There are many players who are focused on other things and get distracted and enjoy the perks of being in the NFL as opposed to living the sport like they should. Hence my blog on Twitter. And you build your fan base on the field, not off the field or on your Blackberry.

  • KandyceRodgers

    It is an interesting observation but I do not think that players being active on twitter reflects their success on the field. For example, Steven Jackson and James Laurinaitis. They are very active on twitter. It is called building your “brand.” Over half of the big time player’s income comes from OFF the field. (supports by: http://addicted2success.com/archives/3353) The NFL is the one who enables them the opportunity but building yourself, your company, is what brings in the LASTING big bucks. The reason it’s important for these players to be active on twitter is to grow their business. For fans to get a chance to create a personal relationship and prove they are real people. (They even misspell words! Just like normal humans.) Especially for the players that typically don’t get a chance to throw touchdowns and dance in the in-zone. Social Media is a way to show their personalities and create a positive, or negative, image. It’s great for people, like yourself, to question player’s motives. Then it can be explained and better understood. It’s not just to waste time, it’s a way to be more then a football player.

  • KandyceRodgers

    It is an interesting observation but I do not think that players being active on twitter reflects their success on the field. For example, Steven Jackson and James Laurinaitis. They are very active on twitter. It is called building your “brand.” Over half of the big time player’s income comes from OFF the field. (supports by: http://addicted2success.com/archives/3353) The NFL is the one who enables them the opportunity but building yourself, your company, is what brings in the LASTING big bucks. The reason it’s important for these players to be active on twitter is to grow their business. For fans to get a chance to create a personal relationship and prove they are real people. (They even misspell words! Just like normal humans.) Especially for the players that typically don’t get a chance to throw touchdowns and dance in the in-zone. Social Media is a way to show their personalities and create a positive, or negative, image. It’s great for people, like yourself, to question player’s motives. Then it can be explained and better understood. It’s not just to waste time, it’s a way to be more then a football player.

  • DarrynOTL

    Nice, that is great info there and your passion for this is refreshing, love it! I am not disagreeing with anything you said. This is kind of my point…I think more players should use Twitter for more constructive and positive things. When you are talking about your charity or what its like to be playing in the NFL or talking about getting off the bus arriving in a new city, etc….that’s exciting stuff, whether it’s spelled ok or not. My main point was the guys making use of Twitter in negative non-football kind of shady ways. And it seems most of those guys are the ones barely making the team or not going to make it at all. I am questioning their focus and commitment. And I am all about having an outlet and taking a break, but just using that time in a way that’s positive or to help the branding of your company (image).

  • DarrynOTL

    Nice, that is great info there and your passion for this is refreshing, love it! I am not disagreeing with anything you said. This is kind of my point…I think more players should use Twitter for more constructive and positive things. When you are talking about your charity or what its like to be playing in the NFL or talking about getting off the bus arriving in a new city, etc….that’s exciting stuff, whether it’s spelled ok or not. My main point was the guys making use of Twitter in negative non-football kind of shady ways. And it seems most of those guys are the ones barely making the team or not going to make it at all. I am questioning their focus and commitment. And I am all about having an outlet and taking a break, but just using that time in a way that’s positive or to help the branding of your company (image).

  • KandyceRodgers

    Shoot yea! I do agree. Some of the football players do not understand the position they have put themselves in. One negative/inappropriate tweet can not only hurt their career but misconstrued their team’s image regarding the fans. Its great to be a personality on Twitter, but remember Twitter is not the locker-room. You can’t just say anything you want and it be okay. Twitter is worldwide. You are representing your company, your team, your agent, your school, your city. It’s a lot on a player’s shoulders but that’s what comes with the glitz and glam. Right? But this is the agent’s and publicist’s job to control these issues. I am just a little ole’ girlfriend! Like anyone is going to listen to me! :)

  • KandyceRodgers

    Shoot yea! I do agree. Some of the football players do not understand the position they have put themselves in. One negative/inappropriate tweet can not only hurt their career but misconstrued their team’s image regarding the fans. Its great to be a personality on Twitter, but remember Twitter is not the locker-room. You can’t just say anything you want and it be okay. Twitter is worldwide. You are representing your company, your team, your agent, your school, your city. It’s a lot on a player’s shoulders but that’s what comes with the glitz and glam. Right? But this is the agent’s and publicist’s job to control these issues. I am just a little ole’ girlfriend! Like anyone is going to listen to me! :)