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Russini sees Pro Bowl assignment as opportunity to build on relationships

NFL reporter Dianna Russini has been in Orlando this week covering the 2019 NFL Pro Bowl (Sunday, Jan. 27, 3 p.m. ET, ESPN).

While the season can be hectic, Russini views the Pro Bowl as an opportunity to connect with players and coaches in a more relaxed environment.

“After a long NFL season, spending time at the Pro Bowl is a great opportunity to reconnect with players and coaches,” Russini said. “The stress of the season is over for so many and this environment is the perfect time to learn more about them.”

Jacksonville Jaguars star Jalen Ramsey is just one of the many players who spent time sharing some laughs with Russini in between Pro Bowl practice and challenges.

“I’ve had a great time this week catching up with the players about their families and their plans for the off-season,” Russini said. “This is the first time I’ve ever been to the NFL Pro Bowl and it’s an experience I hope I get to do every year.”

Although she has been able to grab time with some of the Pro Bowl’s biggest stars, there are two who have been more difficult than usual.

“I discovered the hardest challenge wasn’t getting an interview with Andrew Luck . .. it was getting a selfie with Mickey and Minnie,” Russini said.

Catch all the coverage from the NFL Pro Bowl this weekend on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, ABC and Disney XD.

Andy Hall and Emily Archacki produced the video.

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