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Miami Dolphins Will Star In This Year’s "Hard Knocks"

Joel Auerbach/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Miami Dolphins will be the next team to star in the HBO series Hard Knocks this summer.

The New York Jets and Atlanta Falcons were two other potential teams to appear on the show, but sources told ESPN both franchises declined to be on the show.

"We are delighted that Hard Knocks will be returning this summer and placing the spotlight on the Miami Dolphins, a venerable franchise that had an exciting off-season activity," HBO Sports president Ken Hershman said in a statement announcing the decision. "This marks the first time that the series has featured a first-year head coach (Joe Philbin) and we are extremely grateful to both Coach Philbin and the entire organization for agreeing to participate. As always, there will be plenty on the line for veterans, free agents and rookies."

First year head coach Joe Philbin is looking forward to his team being featured.

"The Miami Dolphins have long been synonymous with success on the field as evidenced by our five Super Bowl appearances and the only perfect season in NFL history," Philbin said in a statement. "That heritage serves as a constant reminder to our players and staff of the great legacy that has been left for us to uphold. Our team embraces that rich past and looks confidently to the future as we begin this journey back to the top of the NFL."

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