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Welker & Hernandez join Twitter

Posted by Shalise Manza Young, Globe Staff  December 20, 2011 03:07 PM

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Chad Ochocinco may not yet have made many on-field contributions to the Patriots, but he's figured out a new way to make his mark: by getting teammates to join Twitter.

In the past 24 hours, Ochocinco has convinced Wes Welker (@WesWelker) and Aaron Hernandez (@AaronHernandez) to join the social media site, and as you'd expect, both picked up thousands of followers in a matter of hours.

Ochocinco, who has over 3 million followers on Twitter and has used his account - he writes nearly every post and reads all of the messages sent his way - to further his "brand" promised a follower this afternoon that he'd get Tom Brady on next.

While that remains to be seen, one thing is certain: you won't see Bill Belichick on Twitter. Asked today, Belichick said he'd "never" join, adding that he'd have to know what it is before he could even agree to use it.

Here's a (we believe full) list of Patriots players on Twitter. Some tweet often, while others rarely do...

QB Brian Hoyer - @bhoyer8
WR Tiquan Underwood - @TiUnderwood
WR/DB/KR Julian Edelman - @Edelman11
P Zoltan Mesko - @ZoltanMesko
QB Ryan Mallett - @Ryan_Mallett_15
RB Stevan Ridley - @StevanRidley
CB Kyle Arrington - @Arrington24_7
S Patrick Chung - @PatrickChung25
S Sergio Brown - @SergioBrown31
CB Devin McCourty - @McCourtyTwins (shared account with brother Jason, who plays for Titans)
RB Shane Vereen - @ShaneVereen34
DB Ross Ventrone - @RustyBenson35
RB Danny Woodhead - @danny_woodhead
RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis - @TheLawFirmBJGE
S James Ihedigbo - @JamesIhedigbo
LB Dane Fletcher - @Dane_Fletcher
LB Brandon Spikes - @bspikes55
LB Gary Guyton - @GaryGuyton59
OL Marcus Cannon - @patriotscannon
OL Nick McDonald - @NMcDonald67
DL Kyle Love - @KyleLove74
DL Vince Wilfork - @wilfork75
TE Aaron Hernandez - @AaronHernandez
WR Wes Welker - @WesWelker
WR Deion Branch - @deionbranch84
WR Chad Ochocinco - @ochocinco
TE Rob Gronkowski - @RobGronkowski
DL Ron Brace - @Braceyoself97
DB Sterling Moore - @SterlingMoore
DL Myron Pryor - @Bigsavage91
DL Andre Carter - @mr_carter93
CB Ras-I Dowling - @RasIDowling
LB Jermaine Cunningham - @PatsLB96
DL Markell Carter - @Kell_Carter_49

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