Hard Knocks is a reality sports documentary television series produced by NFL Films and HBO. The show was first broadcast in 2001, and the current 2018 season is the thirteenth. Each season, it follows a National Football League (NFL) team through its training camp and covers the team's preparation for the upcoming football season.
The series shows the personal and professional lives of the players, coaches and staff, including their family life, position battles, and even inside jokes and pranks. It particularly focuses on rookies' adjustments to playing in the NFL, usually with emphasis on the team's most recent top draft pick. It usually also chooses to focus on undrafted and journeyman players who are attempting to make the team.
|Created by||Marty Callner|
|Developed by||HBO Sports|
|Starring||Baltimore Ravens (2001)|
Dallas Cowboys (2002)
Kansas City Chiefs (2007)
Dallas Cowboys (2008)
Cincinnati Bengals (2009)
New York Jets (2010)
Miami Dolphins (2012)
Cincinnati Bengals (2013)
Atlanta Falcons (2014)
Houston Texans (2015)
Los Angeles Rams (2016)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2017)
Cleveland Browns (2018)
|Narrated by||Liev Schreiber (2001–2002 & 2008–present)|
Paul Rudd (2007)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||12|
|No. of episodes||62|
(6 in 2001 and 2002, 5 in each season from 2007 on)
|Executive producer(s)||Steve Sabol|
|Running time||~55 minutes (commercial-free)|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
Dolby Digital 5.1
|Original release||2001 –|
The series was created by Marty Callner in 2001.
The San Francisco 49ers, Atlanta Falcons, Seattle Seahawks, Houston Texans, and Washington Redskins each declined to be the show's featured team for the 2013 season, while the Cincinnati Bengals accepted, marking their second appearance on the show. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell subsequently said that he wanted more teams to be featured on the series, on "some kind of formal rotation."
Despite the difficulty each year in finding a team willing to participate, NFL Films announced on July 18, 2013, that it had signed a "multiyear" contract extension with HBO to continue producing the show.
In October 2013 the NFL announced that, in the absence of a team volunteering to participate in Hard Knocks, the league could force a team to participate. Teams are exempt from being forced to participate in three circumstances: (1) they have appeared in the past ten years, (2) they have a first-year head coach, or (3) they reached the playoffs in either of the two preceding seasons.
Some of the issues covered in the 2001 Ravens season include:
Some of the issues covered in the 2002 Cowboys season include:
The series returned on August 8, 2007, featuring the Kansas City Chiefs and their preparations for the 2007 season. It is the only season of the series not narrated by Liev Schreiber. Instead, actor and Chiefs fan Paul Rudd was the narrator.
Some of the issues covered in the 2007 Chiefs season include:
The Dallas Cowboys were chronicled for the second time on the television series' fourth season, which premiered on August 6, 2008.
Some of the issues covered in the 2008 Cowboys season include:
The Cincinnati Bengals season premiered on August 12, 2009. Its ratings were higher than any previous season of Hard Knocks, and it won two Sports Emmy Awards: one for Outstanding Edited Sports Series or Anthology, and one for Outstanding Post Produced Audio / Sound.
Some of the issues covered in the 2009 Bengals season include:
The New York Jets were chronicled in the series' sixth season. An official announcement was made on March 25, 2010, and HBO began airing it on August 11, 2010. It won the series' second consecutive Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Edited Sports Series or Anthology. The Jets declined another opportunity to appear in the series in 2011.
Some of the issues covered in the 2010 Jets season include:
At the end of July 2011, NFL Films announced it would not be producing Hard Knocks for the 2011 season. No team wanted to commit to the series due to uncertainty with the NFL's labor situation. A retrospective on the series titled Hard Knocks: A Decade Of NFL Training Camps was made featuring clips from every episode made to that point, and including comments looking back on the series from Brian Billick, Shannon Sharpe, Mike Westhoff, and others.
Some of the issues covered in the 2012 Dolphins season include:
Some of the issues covered in the 2013 Bengals season include:
Some of the issues covered in the 2014 Falcons season include:
Some of the issues covered in the 2015 Texans season include:
Some of the issues covered in the 2016 Rams season include:
On May 17, 2018, it was announced the Cleveland Browns would be the team featured for the 2018 season premiering on August 7, 2018.
Some of the issues covered in the 2018 Browns season include:
In 2004, NFL Films produced a training camp documentary series, similar to Hard Knocks, that featured the Jacksonville Jaguars. Called Inside Training Camp: Jaguars Summer, it aired on the NFL Network, not HBO, and was narrated by frequent NFL Films narrator Robb Webb.
Some of the issues covered in this 2004 series include:
Inside Training Camp: Jaguars Summer > Rob [sic] Webb: Narrator
The 2010 New York Jets season was the franchise’s 51st season overall, the team’s 41st season in the National Football League and their first season at New Meadowlands Stadium. The team improved on their 9–7 record from 2009 and reached the playoffs again. The Jets were the subject of HBO's training camp series Hard Knocks (TV series).The Jets played their first pre-season game home against the New York Giants to open up Meadowlands Stadium. Many considered them AFC East favorites; head coach Rex Ryan went so far as to guarantee a Super Bowl victory. Jets broke a team record with a franchise best 6 consecutive wins on the road with a win against the Lions, followed by a win against the Browns in week 10. In the same victory against the Browns, the Jets became the first team in NFL history to win back-to-back road games in overtime. The Jets were the last NFL team to be undefeated on the road, before suffering a 45–3 loss at the New England Patriots in Week 13. The Jets met the Patriots again five weeks later in the AFC Divisional Round back in Foxboro where New York upset New England 28–21. The following week, the Jets lost 24–19 against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship, ending their hopes of returning to the Super Bowl for the first time in 43 years and ending what would've been a Cinderella run. The Jets would've also been the first AFC East team other than the Patriots to make a Super Bowl for the first time since 1994 and they also failed to join the 2005 Steelers, 2007 New York Giants, and 2010 Green Bay Packers as the only NFL teams to win at least 3 straight playoff games on the road.
As of the 2018 season, this remains the last time the New York Jets qualified for the postseason, and the last time until 2016 an AFC East team other than the Patriots made the playoffs.Hard Knocks
Hard Knocks may refer to:
Hard Knocks (album), a 2010 album by Joe Cocker
Hard Knocks (1979 film), a 1979 American film
Hard Knocks (1980 film), a 1980 Australian film starring Tracy Mann
Hard Knocks (TV series), an American football documentary program produced by NFL Films for HBO
"Hard Knocks" (Fantastic Four episode)
Hard Knocks: The Chris Benoit Story, a DVD about the professional wrestler
Hard Knocks (1987 TV series), an American sitcom featuring Bill Maher
Hard Knocks (hip hop group), a hip hop group on Wild Pitch Records
Hard Knocks, a 1924 comedy short by James ParrottSchool of Hard Knocks (TV series)
School of Hard Knocks (SOHK) is a Sky Sports TV documentary that highlights the work of the School of Hard Knocks Charity. The concept was created by Ken Cowen who founded the charity in the same name in 2012.Originally broadcast by Sky Sports, the show has recently been aired as well on Sky 1. Series 8 aired in September 2015.
The programme has seen contributions from Tony Blair, David Haye, South African stars Bryan Habana, Victor Matfield, John Smit and Schalk Burger, Phil Larder, Jason Robinson, Shaun Edwards and many more. The current series is fronted by Will Greenwood and Scott Quinnell with Paul Boross assisting as the team psychologist and motivational coach.
The first series was filmed in the Merseyside borough of Knowsley. Will Greenwood and Scott Quinnell presented the second series, filmed in Colwyn Bay, North Wales, and have continued to present the show since.
SOHK uses the game of rugby and other challenging activities to teach participants life lessons and values, initially designed to allow them to take forward steps into the world of employment. Since its inception the programme has grown to also address issues such as health, crime and citizenship. The charity has recently established 'SOHK for Schools' which seeks to help vulnerable children realise their potential and stay engaged in education.School of Hard Knocks (disambiguation)
School of Hard Knocks is an idiomatic phrase meaning the (sometimes painful) education one gets from life's usually negative experiences.
School of Hard Knocks may also refer to:
School of Hard Knocks (Desperate Housewives), an episode of Desperate Housewives
School of Hard Knocks (TV series), a British television series
School Of Hard Knocks (album), a 1990 album by Pat Travers Band
School of Hard Knocks (song), a 2000 song by Nu metal band P.O.DScott Quinnell
Scott Quinnell (born 20 August 1972) is a Welsh former rugby union and rugby league footballer of the 1990s and 2000s. He was a number 8 for Wales, Llanelli RFC, Llanelli Scarlets, Richmond and the British and Irish Lions in rugby union. He won 52 caps for Wales (seven as captain) and three for the Lions, and scored 11 international tries for Wales and one for the Lions.In 1994 he moved to Wigan in rugby league, and played two seasons, winning a league championship and two caps for Wales.Tony Brackens
Tony Lynn Brackens, Jr. (born December 26, 1974) is a former American college and professional football player who was a defensive end in the National Football League (NFL) for nine seasons. He played college football for the University of Texas, and earned All-American honors. A second-round pick in the 1996 NFL Draft, he played for the Jacksonville Jaguars for his entire pro football career.
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