|Miami Dolphins to Appear on HBO's 'Hard Knocks'|
Wednesday, 30 May 2012 12:10
American televison channel HBO has announced Miami Dolphins will appear on "Hard Knocks" this summer.
The Dolphins will be the newest subject of its popular reality series documenting NFL training camps. The seventh season premieres Aug. 7, with four more one-hour episodes airing on subsequent Tuesdays.
Coming off a 6-10 season, Miami has a new coach in Joe Philbin. He said the Dolphins' involvement in the show was a football decision made with the blessing of owner Stephen Ross.
"Our owner supported this decision but in no way, shape or form forced us to make the decision," Philbin said in South Florida following an offseason practice Tuesday.
This season marks the 40th anniversary of the Dolphins' undefeated championship squad - the last team to win the Super Bowl with a perfect record.
Miami's most recent title came a year later, in 1974.
"Hard Knocks" was not produced last year because of the NFL lockout. In 2010, the Dolphins' AFC East rivals, the Jets, were the subject of the show, making coach Rex Ryan a reality star.
"It's a great opportunity to connect with our fans, for the people who aren't going to be able to come out here daily in 110-degree heat index weather and watch our guys participate in training camp," Philbin said.