The Oakland Raiders announced Tuesday that they will be appearing on HBO’s “Hard Knocks” this summer.
“If you’re a fan of football or great storytelling, HARD KNOCKS with the Oakland Raiders is going to be must-see television,” says Peter Nelson, executive vice president, HBO Sports. “We are so grateful to this storied franchise for opening up its doors and allowing HBO and NFL Films to spend the summer with the Raiders in what promises to be a compelling and engaging training camp.”
“Since the AFL-NFL merger, the Raiders have been a part of some of the most iconic moments in League history,” says NFL Films senior executive Ross Ketover. “We at NFL Films have been thrilled and honored to showcase the mythology of the Raiders from the Holy Roller, Sea of Hands, Ghost to the Post all the way to today with Coach Gruden and this unbelievable cast of players and coaches. Needless to say, we’re very much looking forward to this season of Hard Knocks.”
“Everybody wants to be a Raider. Now they’ll find out what it takes to become one,” said Raiders owner Mark Davis.
Indications in recent weeks were that the Raiders were the team to watch to be featured on the show this summer, so this isn’t a big surprise.
The Raiders were one of five teams that could be forced by the NFL to appear on the show.
Overall, they should be an interesting team with HC Jon Gruden, three first-round picks and some notable offseason additions including Antonio Brown, Tyrell Williams, Vontaze Burfict, Brandon Marshall, Richie Incognito, and Trent Brown.