Geathers enjoying second stint on Hard Knocks
By Chris Sokoloski
Robert Geathers Jr. is enjoying his second stint on HBO’s “Hard Knocks” series.
“It’s pretty cool,” Geathers said Saturday, a few days after his Cincinnati Begals played their first preseaon game of 2013. “After a couple of days you don’t even notice they’re around.”
For “Hard Knocks,” an NFL Films crew spends a month with the team, filming practices, players’ and coaches’ meetings, and training sessions, and conducting interviews with players and their families at Paul Brown Stadium and at home.
“They’re everywhere,” Geathers said.
However, not everything that is filmed makes it into an episode.
“They can’t give out all our information to the other teams.”
It’s the second time since 2009 the show has featured the Bengals. Approximately two-thirds of the players on this year’s Bengals’ team were not in the NFL in 2009.
Geathers described this year’s squad as “low key.”
“Not as many characters as last time,” he added.
One character who has joined the Bengals since 2009 is James Harrison, who was featured in the first “Hard Knocks” episode last week. While a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Harrison was fined hundreds of thousands of dollars and suspended by the NFL for helmet-to-helmet hits.
He was also the landslide winner of a poll of NFL players last year about who was the most “violent, dangerous” player in the league.
New episodes of “Hard Knocks” debut on Tuesdays at 10 p.m., and continue every Tuesday until Sept. 3. Repeat episodes also air on Wednesdays at 11 p.m. Past episodes are available on demand.
Geathers wears uniform #91.
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