Cornerback Richard Sherman reacts during a game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 17, 2013 in Glendale, Arizona.

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By Connor Finnegan2014-09-06 02:15:05 UTC

Finally, the NFL is back.

After a long off-season full of the good, the bad and the ugly, we returned to NFL game action Thursday night when the Green Bay Packers took on the Seattle Seahawks, the reigning Super Bowl champions.

To help you stay on top of all the breaking news, inside scoops and hilarious memes throughout the NFL season, we’ve put together this list of must-follow Twitter accounts for football junkies.

Check out these accounts and know you’re getting the best of the best when you second-screen this season.

1. Adam Schefter

There’s a good reason ESPN’s Adam Schefter has over 3 million Twitter followers. He breaks more news than anyone else in the business — following him will keep you in the loop for all breaking NFL news.

So the Ray Rice Fallout continues with a new domestic violence policy. Six games for 1st offense, lifetime ban for 2nd.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 28, 2014

2. Richard Sherman

The outspoken Seattle Seahawks cornerback is All-Pro both on the field and at shutting down critics on Twitter. Sherman has earned a reputation for trash talking, but he always has the resume to back it up.

Want what I got? Get the stats I got! Least targeted. #opinionvsfact

— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) May 13, 2014

3. Matthew Berry

If you play fantasy football, then Matthew Berry is your guy. His title at ESPN is literally Senior Fantasy Analyst. Even if you don’t play fantasy, Berry is still a diehard NFL fan and entertaining Twitter follow.

For those of you drafting today….May the Fantasy Gods be forever in your favor.

— Matthew Berry (@MatthewBerryTMR) August 24, 2014

4. NYT 4th Down Bot

Conventional NFL wisdom normally recommends punting the ball on fourth down unless you have the opportunity to kick a field goal. However, the rise of analytics has shown that isn’t always the smartest decision. This bot from The New York Times analyzes every fourth down throughout the NFL season then spits out its recommended decision.

You might not like it, but I recommend going for it on 4th and 3 from your own 27. The Patriots punted. My analysis:

— NYT 4th Down Bot (@NYT4thDownBot) January 19, 2014

5. Bill Barnwell

Grantland’s lead NFL writer offers patient, in-depth analysis throughout the season. He’s also pretty funny on Twitter.

Eli Manning’s been terrible ever since he filmed that Football On Your Phone video, the gold went to his brain, he’s finished

— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) October 11, 2013

6. Arian Foster

The Houston Texans running back is one of the most explosive talents in the league, and he’s not afraid to wax poetic on Twitter either.

I hope when we die the universe explains itself.

— Arian Foster (@ArianFoster) August 28, 2014

7. Dave Zirin

The Nation’s Dave Zirin is a great follow for taking a step back and looking at the big-picture issues surrounding the NFL. He calls it like is and makes no excuses for the league’s trouble areas.

Maybe sports writers should stop treating the NFL like it’s something other than a risk-averse, multi-billion dollar corporation.

— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) August 30, 2014

8. Jon Bois

SB Nation’s Jon Bois makes hilarious comments during football games and often engages his Twitter following in ridiculous, fun activities like the one below.

i will paypal $1 to the first person to send me a 1000-word piece about their fantasy football team. jonbois at gmail.

— Jon Bois (@jon_bois) September 4, 2014

9. Erin Andrews

The Fox Sports broadcaster who grabbed the infamous Richard Sherman rant delivers great insight into the game’s biggest players.

Richard Sherman gave a candid response seconds after an emotional game..looking forward to a great Super Bowl matchup

— Erin Andrews (@ErinAndrews) January 20, 2014

10. Michael Sam

By this point, you know all about Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted in the NFL. Sam was cut by the St. Louis Rams, the team that drafted him, and is currently a member of the Dallas Cowboys’ practice squad. Throughout his journey to make an NFL roster, Sam has remained remarkably positive.

The most worthwhile things in life rarely come easy, this is a lesson I’ve always known. The journey continues.

— Michael Sam (@MichaelSamNFL) August 30, 2014

11. Clay Wendler

SB Nation’s Clay Wendler has incredibly fast fingers when it comes to whipping up football GIFs, so he’ll have you covered when you need to see that one play again and again.


— Clay Wendler (@ClayWendler) August 23, 2014

12. Dan Wetzel

Yahoo’s Dan Wetzel offers great analysis and top-notch sarcasm on Twitter.

NFL starts tonight. Not sure I’m ready. Wish the media would do some previews and predictions and not just let season sneak up.

— Dan Wetzel (@DanWetzel) September 4, 2014

13. Christopher Harris

ESPN’s Christopher Harris is another fantasy football guru, but his snarky humor and thoughtful film study make him a worthwhile follow even if fantasy isn’t a priority for you.

Best part of training camp starting? The “XXXX added XX pounds of muscle” stories. #excited

— Christopher Harris (@CHarrisESPN) July 21, 2014

14. Rob Gronkowski

The New England Patriots tight end is an elite talent on the field and a first-class party boy off it. Most importantly, he asks the big questions on Twitter.

Peanut butter and jelly sandwich…crunchy peanut butter or creamy??

— Rob Gronkowski (@RobGronkowski) August 8, 2014

15. Michelle Beadle

ESPN’s Michelle Beadle is a host on “Sportsnation” and is highly entertaining on Twitter. Most importantly, though, she’s not afraid to speak her mind, even if it means publicly calling out her own colleagues.

So I was just forced to watch this morning’s First Take. A) I’ll never feel clean again B) I’m now aware that I can provoke my own beating.

— Michelle Beadle (@MichelleDBeadle) July 25, 2014

16. Drew Brees

Drew Brees is undoubtedly one of the best QBs in the game, and he understands that you can’t possibly top a baby selfie on Twitter.

The best selfie ever!

— Drew Brees (@drewbrees) August 26, 2014

17. John Clayton

ESPN senior writer John Clayton knows the NFL inside and out and is able to see one step ahead.

The next juncture to see if Johnny Manziel will start will be the bye week from the Browns. if they are 0-3, the door might be open.

— John Clayton (@ClaytonESPN) August 21, 2014

18. Roddy White

It’s not fair. The Atlanta Falcons wide receiver has phenomenal athletic ability and he gets to indulge his sweet tooth. That’s the American Dream, folks.

I would love to have a strawberry Sunday from brusters with pecans and a cherry

— Roddy White (@roddywhiteTV) August 24, 2014

19. Chris Burke

Sports Illustrated’s Chris Burke quickly delivers funny reactions to major NFL news.

How I assume the J.J. Watt negotiations went:

“Hey, JJ, how much money do you want?”

“Um … $100 million??”


— Chris Burke (@ChrisBurke_SI) September 2, 2014

20. Matt Bowen

Bleacher Report’s Matt Bowen uses Twitter as a platform to serve up thorough game film analysis in accessible fashion, making you a smarter football fan.

Writing my Week 1 Film Preview…#Bucs can play a lot of Cover 2 if McCoy continues to whip blockers up front:

— Matt Bowen (@MattBowen41) September 4, 2014

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