Playing out of Hard Rock Stadium, the Miami Dolphins take the field in a competitive division, the AFC East, where they square up against the Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, and New York Jets. While there’s plenty of competition between players in skill positions, the entire team – offense, defense, and special teams – also competes on a more digital playing ground: social media.
Who are the most followed ’Phins players on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter? And does the top position in football – the quarterback – draw the most attention? Does social media allow some defensive players to step out of the shadows of the offense and get the attention they deserve? Continue reading to see which Miami Dolphins command the most attention on social media.
South Florida Kings
No quarterback, either the injured Ryan Tannehill or recently un-retired Jay Cutler, topped the five most followed Miami Dolphins. Instead, two-time Pro Bowler wide receiver Jarvis Landry garnered the largest online following among his peers. He’s helped his cause with over 1.1 million followers on Instagram alone – greater than the combined followings of each of the other Dolphin players. While he posts plenty of pictures in uniform, Landry also uses his presence on Instagram to share his philanthropic work as well.
Move over wide receivers, Ndamukong Suh is looking for some love too! Averaging almost seven sacks per season, Suh leads the team with the largest following on Twitter. In addition to sharing pictures and participating in #TBT (Throwback Thursday), the defensive tackle has used his following to crowdsource a game score after getting more popcorn presumably during a film. Who needs the ESPN app when you have hundreds of thousands of followers?
Just came back from getting more popcorn. What’s the score?
— Ndamukong Suh (@NdamukongSuh) June 2, 2017
No. 3 is Lawrence Timmons, linebacker for the Miami-based squad. His more than 100,000 followers on Instagram are usually treated to vacation photos! Who doesn’t want to see where players go to get away – it may be an inspiration to high school or college players looking to make it to the NFL.
Trailing behind Timmons to round out the top five are wide receiver Kenny Stills and tight end Julius Thomas. Stills, a former New Orleans Saint, has the biggest individual following on Facebook but loves sharing constant updates with his fanbase on Twitter. It’s here Stills shows his love for the HBO series “Game of Thrones” by retweeting several humorous tweets, in addition to showing support for fellow players who took a knee during the national anthem before kickoff.
I support all of my brothers taking a knee. Consider this a call to action!
— Kenny Stills (@KSTiLLS) August 22, 2017
Pride of Miami
Whether they have the largest following on any given social media platform or a combined following in the millions, all of these players still have to suit up and play as a team – especially as they look forward to playing the reigning Super Bowl Champions, the New England Patriots, twice this year (like every year). Support your Miami Dolphins with the best officially licensed NFL merchandise and apparel, available right now at Fanatics.com.
For this project, we scraped the social metrics from each player’s respective Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts. All measures (likes and followers) were collected and verified on Sept. 6, 2017.