If you want to find the NFL’s biggest players, look no further than their social media profiles. Get a glimpse of the top 10 most followed NFL players on Instagram and you will find the league’s biggest superstars. They may or may not be the best players (usually they are), but it’s their transcendent social media clout that helps put them in a different league than their peers. Let’s look at the NFL’s most influential Instagrammers.
If you want to find the NFL’s biggest players, look no further than their social media profiles. Get a glimpse of the most followed NFL players on Instagram and you will find the league’s biggest superstars. They may or may not be the best players (usually they are), but it’s their transcendent social media clout that helps put them in a different league than their peers. Let’s look at the NFL’s most influential Instagrammers.
Most Followed NFL players on Instagram
With over 2,000 players in the NFL, it’s a tall task to stand out on social media. One surefire way to get followers is to kill it at your position and the rest is mostly a combination of arbitrary things like the team you play for, the city you’re in, and how good your social media game is. These ten players found a way to become 0.1% in Instagram clout.
10. Richard Sherman – 2.2 million
The eloquent Mr. Sherman will go down in history as one of the league’s best cornerbacks, but it’s his penchant for trash talk that will cement his legend.
Sherman won a Super Bowl with the Seahawks as a key member of the “Legion of Boom”. He’s got several accolades to his name and even more highlight reels of verbally disemboweling “sorry ass receivers like Michael Crabtree.”
9. Lamar Jackson – 2.6 million
Arguably the most exciting player in the NFL right now, Jackson broke out in a big way in 2019 going from a project to a bonafide superstar in just a season. Jackson ran away with the MVP award leading the Ravens to the best record in the NFL.
With a slew of commercials lined up along with the cover of Madden NFL 21 and esteemed praise from the legendary
Tony D’Amato Al Pacino, expect Jackson to climb up this list.
8. Ezekiel Elliott – 2.9 million
This list would be suspect without Cowboys Nation being represented. “Zeke” has been the NFL’s highest-profile, if not its best, running back in the last four seasons. Since being taken with the fourth overall pick, Zeke is already more than halfway to 10,000 rushing yards.
All Zeke needs is for Dallas to get over the hump and win the elusive Super Bowl and he’ll skyrocket to the top of this list.
7. Patrick Mahomes – 3.6 million
If Instagram followers were based on skill and achievements and not popularity, Mahomes would be leagues away from everyone on this list.
The second overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft has barely played a handful of seasons and already has a Hall of Fame career. He’ll continue to put up video game stats while he drips Fresh Prince of Belair swag and he’ll be the NFL’s biggest star in no time.
6. Rob Gronkowski – 3.9 million
Not sure what’s more surprising, that Gronk isn’t at the top of this list or that he’s still just 31 and is looking like a 40-year-old on the comeback trail.
Unanimously believed to be the greatest tight end in NFL history, Gronk joins Tom Brady in Tampa Bay after a one-year hiatus. He’ll have plenty of time to take his trademark antics to Florida while looking to prove he’s still the top dog.
5. J.J. Watt – 4 million
You won’t find a more well-liked player than the Texans’ J.J. Watt. The three-time Defensive Player of the Year is the face of the Texans and has been known for his humanitarian ventures across America.
Defensive players rarely become as big as stars as Watt, but this ferocious multi-position player is a gentle giant off the field and one of the best humans on the planet.
4. Russell Wilson – 4.5 million
Known by many names, Seattle’s signal-caller has steadily been among the best in his position. Among his accolades and accomplishments include a Super Bowl, a glut of Pro Bowl appearances, marrying Ciara, and becoming a father to two children and a $140-million contract (then an NFL record).
Wilson’s plethora of quarterback skills translated to his media appeal as he has one of the most entertaining Instagram profiles and justifies his ranking on this list.
3. Cam Newton – 4.7 million
There is no more polarizing player in the NFL, arguably in pro sports, than Cam Newton. The former MVP and potential Hall of Famer is as loathed as he is popular. From his antics on and off the field to his outrageous outfits, to his in-your-face social media posts, Cam is not for everyone.
With a new team fitting to his reputation, Cam has a chance to both evolve his heel persona and cement his place among the all-time greats.
2. Tom Brady – 7.7 million
7.7 million Instagram followers seem too low for the NFL’s GOAT. But at one point, Brady was an enigma and was much less popular. But the 40-something Brady has slowly grown not just as a player but as a personality.
Now with a new team, new ventures off the field, and an evolving IG game, Brady only continues to become more popular.
1. Odell Beckham Jr. – 14.1 million
Maybe it all started with “The Catch” or maybe because he played under the bright lights of the Meadowlands or maybe because he’s just one of the NFL’s most exciting and entertaining personalities. But “OBJ” is the NFL’s king of Instagram with a whopping 14 million followers, almost double of second-place Brady.
Beckham has taken his talents to Cleveland, but he continues to be the NFL’s premier “celebrity”. Everything about OBJ just oozes “superstar” regardless of his stats or team’s record.
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