A Look Back at Famous Athletes' First Tweets

Monday September 30th, 2013

Dikembe Mutombo joined Twitter on Wednesday and instantly made a splash, sending out a picture of him with Bill and Chelsea Clinton as his first tweet. That's a strong Twitter debut.

That got us thinking, what were the first tweets of some now-Twitter-popular athletes? Retweets don't count.


Blake Griffin

When Blake Griffin started using Twitter, we didn't know him to be the funny athlete he is today; he was a superb college basketball player waiting to be picked by an NBA team. Therefore, his thoughts were rather boring. At least he said happy birthday to brother Taylor in his first tweet. Aw, sibling love.


Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant shared some honest thoughts from the start. He knew his reputation as a quiet type off the court, and he recognized the people doubting that age hadn't affected his play. Bryant has since posted some legitimately substantial thoughts on his account, but nothing as introspective as that second tweet.


Wes Welker

He was boring in his first tweet, but that third one's fantastic. Welker was the first popular Patriot to get a Twitter account--Tom Brady wasn't doing that--and say anything remotely interesting on it. These days, Welker mainly plugs his sponsors or roots for alma mater Texas Tech.


Chipper Jones

Chipper talked about hunting and used the word "poser" in his first few tweets. Naturally.


Tiger Woods

Thanks for letting us know we're at Tiger Woods's Twitter page, Tiger Woods.


Lindsey Vonn

Lindsey Vonn was a little more interesting than Tiger Woods, although she seemed to have a habit of starting her tweets with "just," as if they were on a time delay. (She kept doing it.)


Maria Sharapova

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