NFL reporting has become a 24/7/365 business. Every major sports network now has multiple NFL insiders to report on the sport year round. From the regular season to the postseason, free agency to the draft, training camp to the preseason. It never stops.
The first day of free agency is the time for these men and women to shine. None moreso than ESPN's NFL insider extraordinaire Adam Schefter. Once free agency opened for business, Adam Schefter went to work.
For nearly every deal that was completed, every cut that was made, Adam Schefter was there with his trusty mobile device(s) to cover it all. The stats of Schefter's dominance on March 11th is truly astounding as his Twitter page took over the news feeds of all sports fans. If you aren't one of his 2.78 million followers, then it's very likely someone you follow RT'd him into your timeline. Either that, or you were fooled by the A Darn Schefter parody account (like Peter King was).
It all started with this tweet, a forebearer of things to come.
One of my favorite days of the year – along with Opening Day, Super Bowl Sunday and Draft Day.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 11, 2014
With that, Schefter tweeted a total of 79 times yesterday. Here's an entire list of the 62 NFL players Adam Schefter reported on yesterday.
I'm not even sure all of those guys are real NFL players, but if Adam Schefter says it, it must be true! How did Schefter conquer the free agency world? His extensive network of sources were putting his data plan to the test. It's interesting to see the different labels Schefter put on his reports in addition to giving credit to colleagues and competitors that broke stories. If you had "source" winning your office pool, congrats!
"Source" – 15 times
"Sources" – 13 times
"League sources" – 4 times
"League source" – 2 times
"ESPN sources" – 2 times
"ESPN source" – 1 time
"ESPN league sources" – 1 time
"Two sources" – 1 time
"Team source" – 1 time
"Source close to the situation" – 1 time
By far the most impressive Adam Schefter statistic is this – he was retweeted 89,148 times yesterday.