Tweet this: Top 20 athletes on Twitter

1: Chad Ochocinco More than 800,000 followers

1: Chad Ochocinco
More than 800,000 followers

Ochocinco, a contestant on the latest season of "Dancing With the Stars," gives access like nobody else. He'll ask fans for fashion advice, post pictures of the team on the way back from a game, and ask videogamers to meet up online.
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Twitter has opened the door for unprecedented access to sports athletes at the touch of a button. For the Twitter newbie or the social media veteran, here are the top 20 athletes or former athletes on the social networking site, and why you should follow them.

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