By Dayna O’Gorman // @DaynaOG
The Pro Bowl isn’t just a single game that is played the week before the Super Bowl, it is a week-long series of events that allow fans to get close to their favorite players, and allows players to give back to the community.
Starting Wednesday at ESPN Wide World of Sports, which is located inside the Disney campus in Orlando, Florida, fans can enjoy the Pro Bowl Experience. A free football festival that allows fans to do multiple activities including the 40-yard dash, and obstacle course, vertical jump, precision passing, and more.
Throughout the week there are many community events, the youth NFL Flag Football playoffs and championship, and celebrity Flag Football game with Snoop Dogg and Deion Sanders serving as team captains. The High School Coach of the Year will also be announced this week.
For many fans, the highlight of the week, other than the game itself is being able to watch the AFC and NFC team practices. Held each morning, Wednesday through Friday, each team goes through a light warm-up, drills and runs a few plays.
These practices are like anything you’d see during training camp or the regular season. At the NFC practice today, wide receivers Mike Evans (Tampa Bay), Davante Adams (Green Bay), Amari Cooper (Dallas), and Adam Thielen (Minnesota) used a competitive game of hot potato as one of their warm-ups.
Quarterbacks Russell Wilson (Seattle) and Mitchell Trubisky (Chicago) took turns running plays. At one point, NFL Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith decided he missed the game enough to join in. Wilson took the snap as Smith ran up the middle, then turned to grab a quick pass from Wilson. Fans cheered and the media loved it.
For more pictures from today’s practice, head over to the Our Turf Football Instagram page or visit us on Twitter.
Tomorrow I head over to the AFC practice, and then it is the big Play Football Opening Night where 700 flag football players will have a chance to mix and mingle before their big competition kicks off. They will also get to interact with NFL players and coaches, current and legends.
Stay tuned to Our Turf on twitter to be kept up to date on all the activities throughout the week.
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