Monday marks the 10th anniversary of the first-ever tweet, and this occasion is as good as any to present some of the most memorable first tweets from the world's greatest athletes.
Some, like Kobe Bryant's and Phil Jackson's, are memorable and artfully crafted #brand messages. Others are nonsensical inside jokes. But most date back to an earlier era, either back to Twitter's halcyon days or before the athlete reached national prominence.
We broke them up into four categories:
The "it's me":
Hello World, the Real King James is in the Building "Finally". My Brother @oneandonlycp3 gas'd me up to jump on board so I'm here. Haaaa
— LeBron James (@KingJames) July 6, 2010
I'm finally jumping on the twitter bandwagon - damn peer pressure!
— Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) June 3, 2011
, this is the real SHAQUILLE O'NEAL
— SHAQ (@SHAQ) November 18, 2008
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) May 23, 2013
Well... My name is Robert Griffin III and yes I have finally joined the renowned phenomenon known as Twitter
— Robert Griffin III (@RGIII) April 3, 2012
The Statement Tweet:
The antisocial has become social #mambatweets
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) January 4, 2013
11 champ;ipnsikp[ ringhs
— Phil Jackson (@PhilJackson11) March 27, 2013
With the first pick comes my first official tweet #NFLDraft
— Cameron Newton (@CameronNewton) May 9, 2014
sitting in the green room....about to watch my future unfold before me...
— James Harden (@JHarden13) June 25, 2009
— Tony Romo (@tonyromo) May 15, 2015
One of my greatest experiences pic.twitter.com/MiuGPv5Iin
— Kawhi Leonard (@kawhileonard) January 13, 2015
Celebrating advancing to the ALCS with my oldest son http://t.co/lhR7Ang3
— Prince Fielder (@RealPFielder28) October 12, 2012
The Wait, What?:
Bowling!!!!How U Gon Act??
— Russell Westbrook (@russwest44) April 29, 2009
— Maria Sharapova (@MariaSharapova) January 14, 2013
i am eating my pb&j right now!
— bubba watson (@bubbawatson) September 16, 2009
DO what u FEEL is RIGHT!
— JR Smith (@TheRealJRSmith) August 6, 2011
Hello where the he'll is everbody!!
— Chad Johnson (@ochocinco) May 16, 2009
skillzy drinks wine coolers
— Carey Price (@CP0031) May 22, 2012
The Low-Key Entrance:
twitter is legit...
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) May 26, 2009
on the way to the field doesnt get better then Red Sox-Yankees
— David Ortiz (@davidortiz) April 24, 2009
— Karl-Anthony Towns (@KarlTowns) September 11, 2009
I'm going to bed now. That seems like an appropriate start for me here. Mundane and uninteresting.
— Brandon McCarthy (@BMcCarthy32) February 28, 2011
— Odell Beckham Jr (@OBJ_3) September 27, 2011
Any that we missed? Use the first tweet tool and let us know.
And for more entertaining first tweets, our friends at ESPN FC have taken a similar approach to the accounts of the world's best footballers.