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Our Pro Bowlers are out in Arizona having a great time before the game this weekend and yesterday they had the opportunity to meet members of the military.

Thanks to an initiative by USAA, the official military appreciation sponsor of the NFL, NFL pro bowlers were able to take part yesterday in an event titled "Airmen for a Day".

Basically the initiative gives the players an opportunity to talk to and take part in several activities around the military, including:

  • Being up close and personal with an F-16
  • An F-16 flight simulator
  • Meet and greet with military working dogs (K-9 bomb/attack dogs)
  • Participation in Skype calls with military members overseas, with their families stateside at Luke AFB

There is a reason the players love the Pro Bowl and being able to take part in events such as this and give back to the military that serve the country 365 days a year is just one of them. Nick Mangold and Sheldon Richardson took part in several of the events and we have been lucky enough to receive a few photos.

Nick Mangold

NFL Pro Bowlers Odell Beckham Jr., left, and Nick Mangold, middle, speak with USAF Maj. Anthony Generous during the Airman for a Day event sponsored by USAA, the Official Military Appreciation Sponsorof the NFL on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 in Glendale, Ariz. (Rick Scuteri/AP Images for USAA)

Nick Mangold

NFL Pro Bowler Nick Mangold, right, speaks with USAF Master Sergeant Jeffery Braselton during the Airman for a Day event sponsored by USAA, the Official Military Appreciation Sponsor of the NFL on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 in Glendale, Ariz. (Rick Scuteri/AP Images for USAA)

Sheldon

NFL Pro Bowler Sheldon Richardson kneels next to a military working dog at Luke Air Force Base during the Airman for a Day event sponsored by USAA, the Official Military Appreciation Sponsor of the NFL on Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Ralph Freso/AP Images for USAA)

Sheldon 2

NFL Pro Bowler Elvis Dumervil, left, and Sheldon Richardson, center right, pose with Air Force members Natalie Carethers, center left, and Mark Tombley during the Airman for a Day event sponsored by USAA, the Official Military Appreciation Sponsor of the NFL on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. (Ralph Freso/AP Images for USAA)