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Introducing Arik Armstead, cub reporter

SAN JOSE -- There was Miss Universe, sash across her torso.

A leprechaun rocking Denver Broncos gear had his microphone at the ready, as did the dude in the green body suit covering everything from head to toe.

But perhaps the most imposing pseudo-reporter converging upon Super Bowl Week’s opening night proceedings? Try San Francisco 49ers defensive end Arik Armstead, all 6 feet 7 inches, 296 pounds of him.

The Niners’ first-round draft pick last season, who finished with two sacks in 16 games, was working for his Sacramento hometown ABC affiliate, walking the walk and talking the talk by interviewing his contemporaries.

Guys such as former Niners teammate and current Broncos tight end Vernon Davis. And Carolina Panthers rookie cornerback Shaq Thompson, a Sactown-area high school rival.

And reporters like yours truly … and Kenny Mayne.

So what did Armstead learn about, ahem, journalism?

“That it’s a process,” he said. “People only see the finished product, don’t see the work going into it. It’s kind of like my sport, where people don’t see the practice time but only see the finished product, in a game.”

Armstead shared a moment with Davis, who will be playing Super Bowl 50 in his old home, Levi’s Stadium.

“He still has fans that were showing him love,” Armstead said. “It was unique.”