Trio of Canadians to be part of Hard Knocks: Los Angeles

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Three Canadian players will be part of the hit HBO series Hard Knocks in 2020.

HBO Sports, NFL Films and the two Los Angeles-based NFL franchises are teaming up for an unprecedented and unfiltered all-access look at what it takes to make it in the NFL when Hard Knocks: Los Angeles kicks off its five-episode season this summer.

Canadian kicker Lirim Hajrullahu signed with the Rams, as first reported by 3DownNation insider Justin Dunk, in April. Fellow 3DownNation reporter John Hodge broke the news Canadian defensive lineman Michael Hoecht inked a deal with the LA Rams. On the other side, Canadian defensive back Tevaughn Campbell is a current member of the Chargers. All three have unique backgrounds and could very well be featured in the show.

One of the fastest-turnaround programs on TV, the 15th edition of the 18-time Sports Emmy-winning series debuts Tuesday, August 11 at 10:00 p.m. ET, with other hour-long episodes of the first sports-based reality series debuting subsequent Tuesdays at the same time, culminating in the September 8 season finale.

In an unprecedented programming move, the 2020 edition of the series will spotlight both Los Angeles NFL teams: the Los Angeles Chargers of the AFC West and the Los Angeles Rams of the NFC West. Both franchises are set to share the new 70,000-seat SoFi stadium in Inglewood, California.

Camera crews will head to southern California in the next few weeks to begin filming, with the action heating up in August when the cinema verite show focuses on the daily lives and routines of players and coaches. With access to players’ and coaches’ meeting rooms, training rooms, living quarters and practice fields, Hard Knocks will document hours of conditioning practices and meetings, chronicling players as they compete for a roster spot and bond off the field.

Dedicated NFL Films production crews will be in both southern California training camps, shooting more than 2,300 hours of footage over the course of the series, offering an inside look at the daily rigours of an NFL training camp.