“Social media is so powerful anyone with an iPhone is a reporter.”
Those are the words from 180 Communications Vice President Lee Gordon.
The social media scrutiny that follows athletes can be overwhelming. So much so that some decide to walk away from the Twitter-verse like Arian Foster did.
But when you’re a top NFL prospect who’s trying to hear your name called on draft day then there’s more to just the skills you display on the field and the numbers you post in front of the scouts. Those concerns were certainly on the mind of some Texas A&M stars at their pro day.
Luke Joeckel, who’s being considered for the top pick in the NFL draft, says “I think it went well but who knows. It’s them evaluating me , it’s not me evaluating them so you know I think I did well. I think my tape shows I’m a good player but you know it’s them making all the decisions.”
Oakland Raiders head coach Dennis Allen adds, “Really some of the things we’re trying to find out as much as we are about their athletic ability, we’re trying to try to find out more about the person. What really drives them? What’s really in their heart and I think that’s what dictates the level of success that these guys have in the National Football League.”
Gordon says, “They’re the CEO of their own brand. What does that exactly mean? Anything they do or say can be used against them in the media.”
Character flaws that get posted in the social media could come to haunt you when trying to land that next job.
Gordon: “Scouts print out their Facebook pictures and tweets and they hand it to them and say explain this.”
Running back prospect Christine Michael says, “You have to sit back and just let it all die down you know the type of person you are. You got to come out here at opportunities like this and show it.”
Players in high school need to think about what they’re posting now.
Gordon says, “You can’t start it soon enough because in high school you’re selling yourself to college. In college you’re selling yourself to the pros.”
Even though they’re playing a game, there is still no excuse for being childish.