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Could Chad Ochocinco Save "Hard Knocks" 2012?
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11 Jun 2012 04:26 PM EST

-by Daniel Mogollon, Staff Writer; Image: Setup man Chad Ochocinco’s best seasons in the NFL were with the Cincinnati Bengals. (Image Source: Dennis Hubbard)

When it was announced that the Miami Dolphins were selected to be on HBO’s “Hard Knocks”, a reality documentary series which follows an NFL team throughout training camp and the preseason, there was a collective grown from many football fans.

Maybe that’s my New York bias, but the Dolphins couldn’t have been the first choice, no matter what HBO producers say.

Don’t get me wrong. The show will remain must-much TV and will be filmed, cut and spliced in top-notch fashion. Nevertheless, the choice of the Dolphins didn’t appear to be very appealing.

Reggie Bush ex, Kim Kardashian isn’t walking through the door and how many times can they force rookie quarterback’s Ryan Tannehill’s wife Lauren Tannehill into the storyline? [Answer: not enough.]

Enter Chad Ochocinco. According to a tweet by Ben Volin, of the Palm Beach Post, head coach Joe Philbin confirmed that the Dolphins have worked out the wide receiver, saying, “We’re doing our homework.”

“We’re just doing our due diligence and investigating things,” Philbin added. “We had him in for a workout, and we’ll see how things go.”

The Dolphins, who lack depth at the receiver position, have yet to make an offer to Ochocinco, which puts into doubt just how interested they are in the six-time Pro Bowl selection.

“If we are able to get him on our team, I feel like he can bring a lot of wisdom and knowledge from a veteran standpoint,” Bush said in an interview with “Total Access” on the NFL Network. “So, if we can get him, we’d love to have him. If not, then we’re just going to have to move on without him. I think he has a lot left in the tank. If we can get him on our team, I think that would be great for us.”

Maybe the Dolphins will end up looking like a visionary selection, but it would be great to see Miami protect themselves with the addition of Ochocinco, who would clearly add some flavor…sabor if you will. And hey, it’s not as if they couldn’t use help at the receiver position. Their starters are Brian Hartline and Davone Bess and you’ve probably never heard of their backups

While some NFL execs clearly believe that Ochocinco is done, Daniel Jeremiah’s [NFL.com] poll of front office people shows that some believe he can still help a team in 2012.

Ochocinco—currently listed as an “UNEMPLOYED BLACK GUY” on his twitter account—is one of the most popular and controversial players in the NFL. After catching only 15 passes in 15 games in 2011 while playing with Tom Brady, it’s anyone’s guess as to how much football he has left, however nearly 3.5 million followers on Twitter [@ochocinco] know he’s as entertaining as ever.

A little over a year ago, CNBC listed Ochocinco as the “Most Influential Athlete in Social Media.”

Making this even more of a slam dunk is the fact Ochocinco already has “Hard Knocks” experience. He was the star of the show when the HBO series followed the Cincinnati Bengals prior to the 2009 NFL season.

Among several endeavors outside of football, Ochocinco was a contestant on “Dancing with the Stars” in 2010.

The receiver formerly known as Chad Johnson is now 34 years old and was released by the New England Patriots last week. Ochocinco is a Miami native, which is part of the reason it is believed he wants to play for the Dolphins. Could "Hard Knocks" be a reason as well?

Last week, we joked that the Dolphins should jump on Terrell Owens when the Allen Wranglers of the Indoor Football League released him, however bringing in No. 85 would be even better. Make it happen Stephen Ross [owner]!

Daniel Mogollon is a member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of American. He is also a voter for the Thorpe and the Rotary Lombardi Award, as well as the Latino Sports MVP Awards.

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