“Hard Knocks” will air its 20th season this fall and today we learned the Dallas Cowboys will be the team in front of the camera lens for HBO’s all-access football show. The Cowboys’ third time as the featured franchise on “Hard Knocks,” NFL fans will get a close glimpse of how America’s team is trying to climb out of the rut it has been in for decades now. Dallas hasn’t finished above .500 in two seasons, and hasn’t won a playoff game past the wild card round since 1995.
Looking ahead to the Tuesday, August 10 start date, the obvious “Hard Knocks” storylines will be the Cowboys trying to return to 1990s greatness, as well as the return of franchise QB Dak Prescott from an ugly injury that nearly cost him his career. We will also get plenty of the team’s star player and biggest personality, Ezekiel Elliot, as well as how the NFL is still navigating COVID regulations in this new season.
Kentucky Football fans will also have a reason to watch as two of the top players on last year’s defense will be fighting for spots in the rotation. Former UK cornerback Kelvin Joseph was Dallas’ second-round pick, and defensive tackle Quinton Bohanna is trying to make the squad as the team’s sixth-round pick at No. 192 overall. Rookies always get attention on “Hard Knocks” and those are two big personalities that could earn some decent screen time over the course of the five-episode docuseries.
Unfortunately, former Kentucky corner Chris Westry, who spent his first two seasons with Dallas, is now in Baltimore, so he just missed his moment in the HBO spotlight.
The Cowboys open the season on Thursday Night Football against Tom Brady and the defending champ Tampa Bay Buccaneers.