The Chiefs appeared on HBO's Hard Knocks prior to 2007 training camp. In the hour-long episodes, we got to know quite a few Chiefs, including Dwayne Bowe, who was a rookie at the time.
Bowe was a rookie holdout his first week of camp but jokingly said on 790 the Zone in Atlanta (via SportsRadioInterviews.com) that it was "all planned" for the ratings.
"I set that off. I’m the one that made Hard Knocks what it is man. The personality. They had never seen a guy like me. I got my acting skills up during that time… You got to let these people that are paying all this money to see these games, you got to let them see what really goes on. I’m all about face time."
This was back in the day when there weren't many criticisms about Bowe. When, in his first two seasons, he averaged about 1,000 yards per season. Those were the days....
Hard Knocks returns to HBO in August with the debut of the Jets. The early storyline will be the expected holdout of CB Darrelle Revis.