NFL Films and HBO have been making “Hard Knocks” since 2001, but the show about one NFL team’s training camp has never been as good as it was last night, the premiere episode about the New York Jets.
The debut featured all of the following: bombastic stars like Bart Scott and Kris Jenkins; a frail, drunk, and rambling Joe Namath; a bruising rookie fullback named John Conner; and the heartbreak of young players getting cut. But by far and away, the best part of the show is any time coach Rex Ryan is speaking. The video here — his pre-camp speech to the team — is only the tip of the iceberg. His real-life likeness to the KSK version of him is incredible — he’s just a profane fat dude with crazy swagger. I want him to be my dad.