ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons will be featured on HBO Sports’ award-winning documentary series Hard Knocks, the club announced on Thursday.
The Falcons will give HBO Sports and NFL Films an all-access, behind the scenes look into the teams’ training camp with the show debuting on August 5, culminating in the season finale on Sept. 2.
"We are excited about the opportunity to give our fans a behind the scenes look at what it takes to prepare an NFL team for the rigors of a 16-game regular season and beyond,” Falcons Owner & Chairman Arthur M. Blank said on the teams’ website. “This marks the first time that our franchise will be featured on Hard Knocks and we look forward to showcasing our great players and coaches to football fans all across America.”
The reality series will be entering its ninth season. The Denver Broncos have never been featured on the program
The Falcons have a local tie to Denver as third-year receiver Drew Davis grew up in the Mile High City. Davis, 25, graduated from Montbello High School 2007. At Montbello High School, he received the Watkins Memorial Award as the nation’s top African-American male high school scholar athlete.
Davis accepted a scholarship to the University of Oregon where he played in 46 games for the Ducks, including their 22-19 loss against the Auburn Tigers in the BCS National Championship Game in 2011.
Undrafted, Davis signed onto the Falcons as a college free-agent and made the teams’ roster by playing mostly on special teams. Last season, he hauled in 12 passes for 216 yards and two touchdowns.
The Falcons will look to bounce back from their disappointing 4-12 record in 2013. They begin the 2014 NFL regular season at home on September 7 against NFC South Division rival the New Orleans Saints.