Sharing the sexually explicit, and sometimes illegal, details of your “happy football life” on Twitter will hurt your chances of making that life a profession. University of Florida safety Will Hill learned that when National Football League teams thought twice about drafting him after seeing his tweets.
“Negatives: Raised concerns about some poor off-the-field choices via his Twitter account, but later claimed his account was hacked,” one scouting report about Hill said before the 2011 draft. “Still, some NFL personnel may be concerned about the content of his account and his character.” No team picked him in the draft.
Fortunately for Hill, the New York Giants believe in second chances. Hill deleted his Twitter account after the controversy that cost him a draft selection, and the Giants signed him as a free agent this year.
UPDATE, Sept. 20: “Once upon a time I didn’t care,” Hill told Sports Illustrated. “I learned you can’t go through the world like that, with everyone thinking, ‘He’s a good athlete but he’s a jerk.’ Unfortunately, I had to learn the hard way.”