HBO and NFL Films mined television gold with the debut of the documentary series Hard Knocks in 2001. The inside look at a different NFL training camp each season exposes a national audience to reserves and role players who might otherwise go unnoticed and humanizes the athletes who entertain millions every game day.
Each summer since the show was relaunched in 2007, NFL fans wonder which team will occupy the Hard Knocks spotlight. But imagine if the series turned its camera onto the weeks of camp leading up to college football's Week 1.
A variety of programs could produce highly entertaining episodes of the series for various reasons. However, Hard Knocks is at its best when it features extraordinary characters, challenging circumstances for teams to overcome and unique locker room dynamics.