Social Media Athletes
By Emily McCarthy
Globe staff | July 22, 2016
Patriots teammates Tom Brady, Julian Edelman, and Terrance Knighton and Red Sox lefthander David Price never fail to entertain fans with their social media antics. They are this year’s contenders for The Globies award for Social Media Star, which will be decided by the fan vote.
Brady’s Facebook page has garnered almost 4 million likes, and that number continues to climb with each photoshopped picture posted by the Patriots quarterback. Although most of the posts are lighthearted and comical — such as fake photos depicting Brady holding eagles on the Fourth of July or cliff jumping in the Bahamas — Brady’s page also features plenty of posts about his family and shoutouts to both teammates and opponents.
Edelman’s social media presence is apparent across all platforms, as the Patriots wideout has embraced Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and even YouTube, using his channel to share everything from Patriots hype videos to humorous cooking tutorials.
Knighton, whose Twitter handle is @MisterRoast98, has amassed more than 21,000 followers. He interacts with fans, posts pictures of his dog, and often tweets about the NBA. The Celtics fan was very vocal on Twitter as NBA free agency began to heat up, tweeting, “Lol but if Tom can’t convince him then I dunno who can,” referencing Brady’s appearance at the Celtics’ meeting with Kevin Durant in the Hamptons.
Price’s tweets are always popular, especially those about his dog, Astro, or Vanderbilt baseball. Price, tweeting with the handle @DAVIDPrice24, also often interacts with his 1.5 million followers, a number that shocked the southpaw. He tweeted on Dec. 30, 2015, “1 milllllllion followers…wow! Never thought I would see the day…thanks everyone!”