We watch them play every Sunday during football season, and many fans follow their favorite NFL players on Twitter. But have you ever noticed they make a lot of mistakes in their writing - even with hundreds of thousands of followers? As YNN's Katie Morse tells us, one second grade teacher did, and he put his students to the test to make corrections.
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BUFFALO, N.Y. — When it comes to game day, pro football players know what they're doing. When it comes to what they put on Twitter, however, second graders at Elmwood Franklin School are throwing the red flag.
Their teacher, Mark Saldanha, was checking out San Francisco 49ers cornerback Chris Culliver's page recently, after Culliver was in the news for making anti-gay comments.
"I was kind of curious about him, so I went to his Twitter and it was just littered with spelling and grammar mistakes, and I thought - my second graders could do better than this," said Saldanha.
So he found tweets from Culliver, Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker, and former Lions wider receiver Titus Young, and put his students to the test.
And they delivered.
To Culliver's tweet "I pray to God I'm never dieing [sic] broke' the students responded, "Dying is really spelled wrong. It's d-y-i-n-g!"
To Titus Young's tweet "It's true I could be alot better, But wit [sic] the football" the students said, "I know they might really be in a hurry, but they should really overcheck their spelling."
The students' teacher says there's a lesson here that goes beyond grammar. It's also about knowing that the things you put on the internet last forever.
"It's important for them to know that anything they publish through the internet. They should just assume it will be seen by everybody. If I'm writing something that will possibly have a global audience, I am going to write it correctly and spell everything right, and use punctuation," said Saldanha.
It's a lesson these players can learn from their tiny tutors.