Jun 13, 2014, 1:35 AM EDT
The yearly dance to decide what NFL team will participate in NFL Films and HBO’s award-winning series Hard Knocks is said to be decided. According to multiple sources, the Atlanta Falcons are allowing cameras to film their every move during training camp on this season’s production.
Aside from having the opportunity to shadow a team named after a member of the Falco genus (I’m not talking about Shane Falco), there are also a few reasons to watch the program that happen to deal with your Notre Dame fandom.
During the production, NFL Films may choose to highlight two Notre Dame alums throughout filming.
After a year in the defensive secondary for the Falcons, Zeke Motta looks to regain form after a season-ending neck surgery in 2013. Motta’s story would be an interesting one for NFL Films and fans alike to look into as he was not expected to make the dress list for a majority of the season last year, yet found himself on the gridiron on most Sunday’s last season.
The angle that NFL Films chooses to go to for each of its Hard Knocks renditions is looking through the lens of the rookies fighting for a roster spot, Prince Shembo’s story would be no different. I expect to see a healthy amount of Shembo on camera during the program’s run this fall and hope he can find a spot on the team so we don’t have to see the dreaded (but unbelievably popular) scene in which the general manager, in this case Thomas Dimitroff, asks the play to hand in their playbook because they have been released from the roster.
Look for Motta, Shembo and the rest of the Atlanta Falcons squad on HBO as we move towards the fall and the beginning of the football season.
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