The best athlete tweets from Twitter's first decade

— -- Monday marks the 10th anniversary of the first-ever tweet, and this occasion is as good as any to present some of the most memorable first tweets from the world's greatest athletes.

Some, like Kobe Bryant's and Phil Jackson's, are memorable and artfully crafted #brand messages. Others are nonsensical inside jokes. But most date back to an earlier era, either back to Twitter's halcyon days or before the athlete reached national prominence.

We broke them up into four categories:

The "it's me":

The Statement Tweet:

The Wait, What?:

The Low-Key Entrance:

Any that we missed? Use the first tweet tool and let us know.

And for more entertaining first tweets, our friends at ESPN FC have taken a similar approach to the accounts of the world's best footballers.