A lot of Sports history occurred when social media wasn’t even around. Sports and Social Media goes hand in hand. It can make something great or ruin someone’s team or career. What makes social media really good is trends. Something happens, and it loops across people’s timelines for days. It truly shows the importance of the moment, especially in sports. Here are some NFL Draft Moments that would’ve trended on Social Media.
Eli Manning in 2004
This Date In 2004: Eli Manning, who said he wouldn't play for Chargers, has to pose with jersey before trade with Giants goes through pic.twitter.com/fo3VSweIr5
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) April 24, 2017
Do you see this man’s face right here? Do you see the sadness and lost hope in his eyes? Eli Manning threw a tantrum on one of the biggest stages in football. Eli did not want to come to San Diego to play for the Chargers in 2004. He was later traded to NY in a move that Eli doesn’t regret. If this was on social media, it would’ve been many memes mad of his face. And maybe a true hardcore football fans with some words for Eli, not nice ones either.
Elway Traded in 1983
This Date In 1983: John Elway gets picked 1st in draft by Colts, says he will play instead for Yankees, who he visited with 10 days before pic.twitter.com/BzfMKQ8v8Z
— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) April 26, 2017
When drafted by the Baltimore Colts, yes the Baltimore Colts. John Elway did not want to come to Baltimore. He used his backup option in baseball to avoid this. Later traded to Denver, Mr.Elway got his wish to get away from Baltimore. Social Media would be a little mixed on this one. If we had the platforms we had now, Baltimore social media members would be furious. Elway disrespected their city and they would not let him get away with it. Other sports fans would be a little less furious.
Mike Ditka Trades it all for Williams in 1999
Ricky Williams and Mike Ditka hang out after the 1999 NFL Draft: pic.twitter.com/Pq6twhOIHc
— SI Vault (@si_vault) April 25, 2013
Mike Ditka made one of the WORST draft decisions in NFL draft history. Trading all of your picks for one player did not make any sense at all. Although Ricky Wiliams was amazing coming out of Texas, no one liked this move. Social Media would’ve been very negative that night.
Mel Kiper vs Bill Tobin in 1994
In 1994, Bill Tobin and Mel Kiper had one of the most entertaining live feuds in NFL Draft history. Fed up with Kiper’s analyzing, Bill Tobin ripped into Kiper. This would’ve trended for a while.
Randy Moss Draft Selection in 1998
— GMFB (@gmfb) April 19, 2017
Randy Moss was taken at Number 21 in 1998. Besides Manning, Woodson, and Spikes; this first round was very unmemorable. Randy Moss’ highlights would’ve caused many fans to become angry when their teams skipped over Moss. A lot of anger if Social Media was used in 1998 like it is now.
David Carr taken first in 2002
Today in 2002, new expansion team, Houston Texans select David Carr with the #1 overall pick in the NFL Draft. pic.twitter.com/FI4XUNFOku
— Texas Sports History (@TXSportsHistory) April 20, 2017
No one knew that David Carr would fall on his face during his NFL Career, but an expansion team picking their first player was something big. Houston was back in the football world and a lot of timelines would be filled with fans taking in that historic moment.
Deion Sanders in 1989
— Steve Frederick (@_SteveFrederick) March 6, 2017
When I teach my future children about swagger. I must teach them about Ric Flair and Deion Sanders. Sander’s outfit and charisma on his draft night would’ve been an excellent time for some memes and comedy.
Janikowski taken in 1st Round in 2000
Sebastian Janikowski is probably one of the best kickers of the 2000’s. He’s always automatic and he makes the best out of the opportunity. When he was drafted in the 1st ROUND in 2000, Raiders fans were livid. Social Media would’ve been in a frenzy.