20 Exciting NFL Players on Instagram
Updated for 2014-2015 Season
Are you Ready for some Football? What a difference a couple of years makes. I first wrote this article in the summer of 2012 and have now updated it for the 2014-2015 season. When I first wrote the article, you could find very few of the top NFL players on Instagram and there were 7-8 teams that did NOT even have IG accounts yet. Few of the teams were sharing many pictures -- many had shared less than 20 photos.
Now, the world is completely different. You can find many of the top NFL stars using Instagram, especially the young ones that started in college. All of the NFL teams have gotten on board and many have share hundreds of photos understanding that the medium is perfectly suited to enhance the NFL fan experience. I have highlighted 20 of the more interesting players to follow in IG and all of the team handles.
Of course you cannot find all of the NFL players on Instagram. I have split up the list between NFC Players and AFC Players. I am also trying to highlight some of the interesting off field passions of these NFL players from philanthropy to business.
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Not only is he the QB of the Super Bowl Champion, Seattle Seahawks, Russell Wilson is also one of the most active Instagram users in the NFL having shared over 750 photos. He also donates his time and money to many great causes and posts great photos of his time with sick kids at the Seattle Childrens' Hospital. Russell has over 800,000 followers on IG.
Another big philanthropist in the NFL is the star WR from the Chicago Bears, Brandon Marshall. When he is not catching TD passes, Brandon is working on one of a dozen projects for a number of endeavors from fashion, to fitspeed, to children's camps, but his real mission is his Foundation. The Brandon Marshall Foundation is raising awareness and helping victims of mental illness. What you might not know about Brandon is that he was diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder in 2010 and it explained much of his volatile off field issues up until that time. Now he is helping others who are also suffering from mental health issues. On Instagram, Brandon has shared over 800 photos and has 145,000 followers.
Vernon Davis is the talented TE for the 49ers, but also a talented artist whose Vernon Davis Foundation for the Arts provides art scholarships for underprivileged children. The Foundation also sells artwork of many of the students at Gallery85 and much of the art will absolutely blow you away. Davis is also very active on Instagram having shared over 1250 photos and has 1.2 million followers.
Lesean McCoy, RB, Philadelphia Eagles (@25_mccoy)
Lesean McCoy is the consummate multipurpose running back and the #1 draft pick in most Fantasy Football drafts. He led the NFC in rushing in 2013 with 1,607 yards and added another 530 receiving yards and also scored 11 TDs during the year. Lesean is not very active on Instagram yet sharing about 56 photos so far and he has 60,000 followers.
Robert Quinn, DL, St. Louis Rams (@rquinn94)
Robert Quinn is in his 4th season in the NFL and led the NFC in sacks in 2013 with 19. Quinn anchors a resurgent Rams defense that should be good for many years. Quinn ha shared over 380 photos and has about 22,000 followers.
Patrick Peterson, CB, Arizona Cardinals (@realpatrickpeterson)
Considered one of the best cover Corners in the NFL, Patrick Peterson is in his 4th season in the NFL. He played his college ball at LSU where he was an All American defensive back. Peterson has shared over 300 photos on IG and has 145,000 followers.
Patrick Willis, ILB, San Francisco 49ers (@patricklwillis)
Patrick Willis is one of the leaders of the 49ers outstanding defense. He has led the team in Tackles for each of the past two years. Willis is also very active on Instagram and has shared over 530 photos and has 325,000 followers.
Ndamukong Suh, DL, Detroit Lions (@ndamukong_suh)
Ndamukong Suh is the star Defensive Lineman for the Detroit Lions. His unique name comes from his Cameroonian father. In Nigerian, Ndamukong means "House of Spears" which is fairly fitting as he come cutting through Offensive Lines in the NFL. Suh has shared over 110 photos and has 68,000 followers.
Richard Sherman, CB, Seattle Seahawks (@rsherman25)
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Jamaal Charles has become one of the best Running Backs in the NFL and one of the top 3 picks in any Fantasy Football draft because he is a threat as both a runner and a receiver. He scored 20 TDs in 2013. Charles is in his 7th season out of University of Texas. Jamaal is very active on Instagram sharing over 625 photos and has 100,000 followers.
A.J. Green, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (@ajgreen_18)
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