Twitter launches NFL hashtag emojis

With NFL's season opener a day away, the social network unveils emojis for all 32 teams.

Terry Collins Staff Reporter, CNET News
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Hey football fans, Twitter and the NFL just made it easier to cheer on or chastise your favorite team by launching hashtag emojis for all 32 of them.

Unlike regular hashtags, these particular ones surface a team's logo when you use them.

Some teams are trying creative hashtags with mottos or catchphrases like #KeepPounding (Carolina Panthers), #SiegeThe Day (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), #WeAre12 (Seattle Seahawks), #BeRedSeeRed (Arizona Cardinals) and #ForTheShoe (Indianapolis Colts). Many others just refer to the team's name.

The hashtag emojis, released Wednesday, come a day before the NFL's season opener between the Panthers and the defending NFL champion Denver Broncos, a rematch of Super Bowl 50. Next week, Twitter begins live-streaming the first of 10 Thursday Night Football games.