The best college football players we wished played in the Twitter era.
Twitter went live in 2006 and really took off in 2007. That means the world missed out on sharing college football’s greatest players. Nothing encapsulates the current state of the internet than Twitter.
Want to talk about the greatest to ever do it and his documentary?
Cool, that’s The Last Dance.
What about sports analytics? You can argue whether or not running backs matter with PhDs in statistics.
From current events to the most obscure of topics, Twitter has at least two people arguing with a troll about it. Unfortunately, Twitter came around a little too late for us to enjoy some of the best college football players to ever lace up cleats.
Not only are these players the stars who would have been trending on every Saturday in the fall and generating thousands of retweets with their highlights, but it would have been great to follow these larger-than-life personalities on Twitter too.
Apart from the general silliness of seeing athletically gifted 20-year-olds share ill-advised, half-baked thoughts, Twitter gives the world a chance to bask in the glory of spectacular plays. To collectively stare, mouth agape in awe, at incredible plays. Twitter allows us to, as a group of college football watchers, shout “ooh and ahh” as a quarterback is dropped or a receiver makes a one-handed catch.
And yes, we also get to see behind the curtain of college football stars. We get to reach out and give them the internet’s equivalent of a high five. We pop their online shoulder pads as they run through our feeds. We digitally shout “we still believe!” at their avatars.
With the gift of hindsight, it is so very obvious what we missed out on in the past. It wasn’t until 1984 that college football could even think about a national presence. So even if Twitter had been around, there’s no real chance that we would have been able to talk about college football. That is an incredible list of players we, as fans, have missed out on enjoying together.
These are the 15 best college football players we wish played in the Twitter and social media era.