How famous athletes like Rob Gronkowski and D'Angelo Russell meet women online

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Professional athletes typically don't have much difficulty finding a date.

But social media and dating apps have made it even easier for them, according to ESPN the Magazine's Sam Alipour.

His feature, "When athletes are left to their own digital-dating devices," is a fascinating read that gives a good look at how athletes' dating game has changed over the years.

For those who don't have time to read the whole story, we put together some of the comments that show how athletes are finding women online these days.

"Swipe right on everything. Get the ball rolling...then make them laugh. Just Google 'Tinder pickup lines.'" —Rob Gronkowski, football player for the New England Patriots

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"Twitter and Instagram are basically dating apps now...Every athlete uses them to hook up, and if they say they haven't, they're lying." —Paul Bissonnette, ice-hockey player for the Los Angeles Kings

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"It's not like we need help, but social media makes women so accessible...I'll send a comment, and if they reply, you ask for a date. It's easy." —DeSean Jackson, football player for the Washington Redskins

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"Thirty photos can give you a pretty good idea of a person's personality and interests." —Bruce Cook, freestyle motocross rider

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"It might even be more organic than meeting a stranger at a bar...Now we're planning a date over FaceTime. Social media is an awesome dating tool." —Nick Goepper, Olympic freeskier

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"If you're looking for girls on social media, nobody's gonna see you out, which keeps you out of trouble." —Willie Cauley-Stein, basketball player for the Sacramento Kings

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"They're having lots of sex out here, and at least half are using Tinder to do it...It's like shooting fish in a barrel." —Unnamed minor leaguer for the San Francisco Giants

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"I'll creep her photos, make sure she looks proper...If I'm like, 'Damn, this chick's hot,' I'll be like, 'Cruise over and party.'" —Nyjah Huston, professional skateboarder

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"Whether they think I'm attractive or like my status, lots of girls come at me on social media — lots, lots...You have your agent reach out, see what they're about. I can take myself out of the process." —Le'Veon Bell, football player for the Pittsburgh Steelers

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"Get her on FaceTime within 36 hours." —Jahlil Okafor, basketball player for the Philadelphia 76ers

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"Tell her to send a picture of herself holding up two random fingers, and right now...Don't give her time to find a photo from who knows where." —Tyler Eifert, football player for the Cincinnati Bengals, on how to identify fake accounts

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"I can't put a number on it, but there's plenty of times that you come across something that catches your attention. If she looks good, looks the part, you send a DM and go from there." —D'Angelo Russell, basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers

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"Tinder is better for an area you're not familiar with, so that's how a lot of guys meet people." —Eric Hosmer, baseball player for the Kansas City Royals, who is now off the dating market

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"I was very immature and stupid...But I learned from it too: Watch what you say on social media." —J.R. Smith, basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers

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"A lot of the guys over there who are on Tinder are looking for love, and that's hard to find in a club where people have the wrong intentions...Tinder weeds out those people. They just set up a semi-blind date with photos that aren't too revealing. It's working out for them." —Terrance Knighton, football player for the New England Patriots

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"Teender? Show me...All right, what is it? A game?" —Timofey Mozgov, basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers

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"Social media has been good to me. I just had to figure out how to use it right...It gave me my son." —Brandon Jennings, basketball player for the Orlando Magic

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CORRECTS IDS: NFL player Rob Gronkowski, of the New England Patriots, from second left, accepts the best comeback athlete award with his brothers, NFL free agent Chris Gronkowski and former NFL player Dan Gronkowski at the ESPY Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Wednesday, July 15, 2015, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
LAS VEGAS, NV - July 12: ***HOUSE COVERAGE*** DJ Pauly D and Rob Gronkowski pictured as DJ Pauly D performs at REHAB pool party at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV on July 12, 2015. Credit: Erik Kabik Photography/ MediaPunch/IPX
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski runs a pass route during an NFL football organized team activity, Thursday, June 4, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
LAS VEGAS, NV - May 10: ***HOUSE COVERAGE*** Rob Gronkowski Birthday Weekend at REHAB Pool Party at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV on May 10, 2015. Credit: Erik Kabik Photography/ Retna Ltd./MediaPunch/IPX
Comedian Amy Schumer, left, and NFL player Rob Gronkowski attend the GQ and NBA All-Star Style Celebration hosted by LeBron James at 20 Exchange Place on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 02: NFL players Tom Brady (L) and Rob Gronkowski attend the 141st Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 2, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for Churchill Downs)
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski spikes a hockey puck at center ice before an NHL hockey game between the Boston Bruins and the New York Islanders in Boston Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski holds up Vince Lombardi Trophy after the Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 in NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski hangs out of a duck boat as fans cheer during a parade in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, to honor the NFL football team's victory over the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Ariz.(AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 4: Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski yells to fans during the New England Patriots victory parade on February 4, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - May 10: ***HOUSE COVERAGE*** Rob Gronkowski Birthday Weekend at REHAB Pool Party at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV on May 10, 2015. Credit: Erik Kabik Photography/ Retna Ltd./MediaPunch/IPX
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski chugs a beer, tossed to him by a fan, during a parade in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, to honor the NFL football teams victory over the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski smiles as he talks about his return to the field during a media availability in front of his locker after practice at the NFL football team's facility in Foxborough, Mass., Wednesday Sept. 4, 2013. The Patriots open their regular season against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)
LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 01: Rob Gronkowski attends Black Rock Thoroughbreds Presents 5th Annual Fillies & Stallions Sponsored By Red Bull And Tito's Vodka on May 1, 2015 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 09: New England Patriots football player Rob Gronkowski throws a Clipper color football to the fans during a time out in the game between the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on March 9, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. The Clippers won 89-76. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - May 9: ***HOUSE COVERAGE*** Rob Gronkowski Birthday at REHAB Pool Party at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, NV on May 9, 2015. Credit: Erik Kabik Photography/ Retna Ltd./MediaPunch/IPX
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski answers a question during Media Day for NFL football's Super Bowl XLVI Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, right, hangs out of a duck boat as fans cheer during a parade in Boston, Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2015, to honor the NFL football teams victory over the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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