1. Kobe Bryant
The key to a good athlete Twitter account is usually either a sense of humor, a keen sense of self-awareness or just an ability to portray the hedonistic superstar lifestyle in a fun way. The best such example of this might be Bryant. He tweets about everything from basketball, to seeing John Williams and Julie Andrews at the Hollywood Bowl (“Majesty”) to possibly corporate tweets about why he uses Lenovo.
2. Roberto Luongo
Long past being hockey fans’ biggest mystery, it is safe to say that @strombone1 is the account of Vancouver Canucks’ goaltender Luongo. What hasn’t disappeared with that mystery, however, is Luongo’s sense of humor. He tweets self-deprecating jokes (“Happy October everyone!!! Or as I like to call it, how did that get in?”), information about a fantasy football league he’s in with some of his followers and bathroom humor.
3. Brandon McCarthy
There’s a bit of a divide among baseball fans, between the more statistical/analytical types, and the good ol’ boys who just like “grit.” One person everyone in baseball can agree on is McCarthy, an Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher.
4. Brad Keselowski
NASCAR drivers don’t get a lot of credit for being social media mavens, but Keselowski is easily the biggest must-follow in racing. He shows a sense of humor (“I don’t feel knowledgeable enough about food to be on Instagram”) and tweets about day-to-day life mixed in with all of his on-the-job adventures.
5. McKayla Maroney
In a way, once could compare Maroney, a gold medal-winning Olympic gymnast, and her current run on social media to Meryl Streep. There are some years when Streep’s in a big prestigious picture and everyone knows she’s the favorite to win an Oscar. In other years, however, she’ll do a couple of different movies in which she’s a support player and just kind of be awesome in it, and maybe just get nominated for an Oscar. Last year, Maroney reinvented throwing shade on the internet with her “not impressed” face, which turned into a meme that got as far as President Obama. This year, she just continued to be a delight on Twitter, Instagram (her return to vaulting makes for a particularly compelling, awesome photo), and Vine. She takes on the haters with snark, sass, wit and without taking herself too seriously. Hell, she might still deserve the Oscar anyway.