Miami Dolphins to be the Spotlight of the 2012 Edition of Hard Knocks

HBO Sports has announced that the Miami Dolphins will serve as the team for the network’s 2012 production of Hard Knocks.  The seven episode Hard Knocks: Training Camp with the Miami Dolphins will begin debut Tuesday, August 7th at 10:00p.m. ET.

“We are delighted that HARD KNOCKS will be returning this summer and placing the spotlight on the Miami Dolphins, a venerable franchise that had an exciting off-season activity,” says Ken Hershman, president, HBO Sports in a press release. “This marks the first time that the series has featured a first-year head coach (Joe Philbin) and we are extremely grateful to both Coach Philbin and the entire organization for agreeing to participate. As always, there will be plenty on the line for veterans, free agents and rookies.”

“On the 40th anniversary of the greatest season in NFL history–Don Shula’s perfect ’72 Dolphins– it is perfectly fitting that Hard Knocks is heading to Miami to capture the start of a new era for one of the league’s proudest teams,” says NFL Films president Steve Sabol. “After Hard Knocks’ hiatus last summer, I know our team at NFL Films can’t wait to get back on the field.”

“We are excited that the premier company in sports filmmaking history, NFL FILMS, and HBO Sports have chosen the Miami Dolphins to appear on their award-winning series Hard Knocks,” said Joe Philbin, head coach of the Miami Dolphins.   “We are looking forward to connecting with our many fans across the country as the program chronicles our 2012 training camp.  The series will highlight the outstanding men who comprise our team and represent our organization admirably, both on and off the field, as they compete for a coveted position on our roster.”

The Hard Knocks series originated in 2001 with the Baltimore Ravens.  It returned in 2007 with the Kansas City Chiefs and continued in 2008 with the Dallas Cowboys, 2009 with the Cincinnati Bengals, and 2010 with the New York Jets.  Hard Knocks was not produced last season as the end of the lockout prevented HBO from organizing filming of the series.