HBO’s hit television series Hard Knocks returns with the 2013 preseason underway. Everybody is excited and on board for an inside look at the Cincinnati Bengals training camp and preseason, everyone that is, except James Harrison. The aggressive hard-hitting linebacker wasn’t shy about giving the Cincinnati Enquirer his take on the TV show on Monday.
“I don’t feel like they deserve to be here,” Harrison told Joe Reedy. “They did nothing to be here, other than want to be here. They didn’t put no blood, sweat and tears into none of this. All these men in here, they did that. They (the cameras) did nothing. No one deserves to see this, to come inside of this unless you’re a part of this. That’s why.”
I can see his point here, but where would the NFL be today if people like Ed Sabol, NFL Films founder, hadn’t put in the time to market the game and document it, put people in the perspective of a professional athlete? My guess is that the game wouldn’t nearly be as popular as it is today, and that players including Harrison wouldn’t be making the kind of living that they are. Harrison goes on to explain a situation that occurred on the show where he jumped in a car to avoid cameras, without the driver having any knowledge or consent given to allow Harrison to do so.
“It’s kind of like this: Everybody knows I’m getting into the car with him. There’s a bunch of cameras watching me get in the car. It wouldn’t be too smart,” Harrison said. “They’ve got his license plate and everything else. And plus, I think I can kind of handle myself. He’s driving and I’m behind him, so I think I’d be all right.”
Who needs a cab when you’re James Harrison? Regardless of how Harrison feels about Hard Knocks, we love it. The fact that he has an apparent hatred for all the cameras in Bengals camp could very well make for must see TV. What team would you like to see on Hard Knocks next year? Let us know on Twitter!
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