Do you enjoy seeing the stream of consciousness from quarterback Aaron Rodgers on Twitter?
Have you chuckled at the banter of jokester guards Josh Sitton and T.J. Lang on the social media platform?
Do you eavesdrop on the unfiltered musings from tight end Jermichael Finley just to see what he writes next?
Enjoy it while you can, because very soon, fans may be seeing a lot less from their favorite Packers players on Twitter, according to tight end Tom Crabtree who’s going through his own self-imposed hiatus.
“I was kind of throwing this idea out in the locker room or whatever, and it sounds like there’s a few guys that will do the same thing, just shut it down,” said Crabtree in an interview with Cheesehead TV.
Crabtree doesn’t want to be mistaken. He loves connecting with fans on Twitter and takes pleasure in its ability to provide him with a cheap laugh. But he also thinks there are times where it can be counterproductive.
What he doesn’t enjoy are the Monday morning quarterbacks who think they can “coach him up.” At times it can be an unnecessary source of stress during the season, but it’s also one that’s easily avoidable.
All he has to do is have the willpower to stop.
“We’ll probably go as far as just deleting Twitter off of our phones altogether during the season so there’s no temptation, because it can be addicting,” said Crabtree who has a cult-like following of over 45,000 on Twitter.
The third-year tight end that won a Super Bowl ring with the Packers in 2010 says it’s his own personal decision to stop using Twitter. The players haven’t talked about it as a team, nor have the coaches addressed it with them.
One common theme that seemed to be popping up in his conversations with teammates, however, was how negative the feedback can be during the season.
As a result, Crabtree doesn’t anticipate so much as looking through his mentions column on Twitter as a way of seeing what people are saying about him. He thinks time away from social media will help keep him on top of his game.
“I think it’s a good way to keep a positive mental outlook, and that’s a huge part of what we do,” said Crabtree. “You have to be on top of your game mentally as much as physically.”
It’s not exactly an original idea. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has followed his own strict regimen of Twitter usage. For the past two years, the reigning NFL MVP halted his online postings once training camp began and wouldn’t resume until the season was over.
Crabtree admits thoughts of his signal caller crossed his mind when making his own personal choice.
“The guy has gone out and had two of the best years a quarterback has had in this league, so it can’t be all that bad a decision,” said Crabtree.
While Crabtree expects to curtail his Twitter usage, he’s left himself a caveat to add to the greater good. He feels it’s important to give back to the community, so he’s allowing himself the flexibility to post about his charity efforts as they arise.
The tight end also will also be a host on “Clubhouse Live” this year, an online streaming Packers talk show presented by the Appleton Post-Crescent held live at the Clubhouse Sports Pub & Grill in Appleton every week of the NFL season. So Crabtree wants to be able to get word out to fans whether they choose to view the show virtually or live in person.
Other than that, Crabtree sees a major reduction in his Twitter habits and thinks teammates will follow.
“It’s just one less thing to have in your ear,” said Crabtree.