Ferdinand could be heading for the FA dock after he appeared to endorse controversial tweets that labelled Ashley Cole a 'choc ice'.
But he told The Sun: "I would love to have been able to be close to people like John Barnes, Gazza and Paul Ince when I was a kid. I would love to have just got their autographs, let alone be able to speak to them publicly.
"Twitter is something that lets fans get a bit closer to you, letting them see you do everyday things. A lot of fans presume that you're at the opening of a bar, nightclub or a premiere every other night.
"They don't realise you've got a normal life in most ways, although obviously you're playing in front of thousands of people, with millions of people watching on a Saturday."