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Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Roddy White isn't addicted to Twitter ... yet


Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Roddy White doesn't take social media as seriously as you might think.

The three-time Pro Bowler and six-year NFL veteran has been critical of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith, trash-talking about the New Orleans Saints and even his hometown newspaper Atlanta Journal-Constitution on his Twitter account.

"I do it for fun and entertainment. I'm not trying to be so serious," said White, who said he started tweeting last September. "I think social media is a great way to communicate with fans and advertise what I'm doing."

On Tuesday, White stopped by ESPN's offices to promote Reebok Zigs shoes and he made sure to use Twitter to announce his presence -- "Make sure to catch me on espn promoting zigtech apparel and sneakers" -- and talk about his day.

"Fans want to know what I've been doing and that's why I use Twitter. It really allows me to connect with them," said White, who was born in James Island, S.C. "Sometimes it goes a little too far and some people are jerks, but I block them. I'm learning every day about how to use it."

White, like all NFL players, is eager to get back to the field. But that won't slow him down from jawing online.

"Sometimes I do say some controversial things, but it's how I feel about a certain situation," he said. "But, to me, it's all in fun. You know that every day I give about 10 birthday shoutouts?"