One of these days we'll update our list of Kansas City Chiefs on Twitter because I think there are now a dozen or more players who have accounts.
But the idea of an NFL player on Twitter could be concerning for some folks, like agents. They want their clients to be presented in the best light possible and Twitter is an easy to blow off some steam if you're frustrated. But once you get it out there, you can't take it back.
That's a hard lesson for some folks to learn (ask Larry Johnson). The agent for Chiefs draft pick QB Ricky Stanzi wrote a story on National Football Post this week regarding the use of Twitter and had this to say about Stanzi:
My client, Chief's rookie QB Ricky Stanzi, couldn't care less about social media. Even for his generation, he's a little different as he's just old school blue collar. He has no interest in doing so which is good because I'm certain that both GM Scott Pioli and head coach Todd Haley don't care for it. If he were into it, I would have advised him to shut it down after being selected by the Chiefs.
He says some players could care less about Twitter, or not even know what it is, like another of his clients, TE Tony Moeaki.
As a fan, I like the players on Twitter because it's their chance to interact with you unfiltered. Sometimes that's good and sometimes it's not. In the case of someone like Rudy Niswanger (@RudyNiswanger), I think it's very good. Rarely do we get the opportunity to voice our opinions directly to a player and have them respond in a professional, courteous manner. But if the player can't comprehend what this particular medium is all about then it's probably best to take your agent's advice and shut it down.
Check out the full story at National Football Post. It's a good read.