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Social media goes wild for the return of Hard Knocks with the Detroit Lions

Hilarious rookie initiations, Jamaal Williams’ teary rally cry, and rookie Aidan Hutchinson already on his way to the top: Social media goes wild for the return of Hard Knocks… as popular HBO show heads to Detroit to watch the Lions’ preseason exploits

  • Hard Knocks returned to HBO Tuesday, this year following the Detroit Lions
  • Fans raved about the first episode of the season, and new star Aidan Hutchinson
  • Teary speech from running back Jamaal Williams also went viral on social media
  • The Lions are looking to bounce back from awful 2021, in which they went 3-13-1 

Hard Knocks was back with with a bang on Tuesday night, as social media erupted in response to the first episode of the new season with the Detroit Lions.

HBO’s popular show is entering its incredible 19th edition, and has become a staple for football fans, airing ahead of the start of the season each year.

2022 is the turn of the Lions, as they look to bounce back from their horrendous 3–13–1 season in 2021 under head coach Dan Campbell.

Dan Campbell gives a rousing speech to his Detroit Lions players ahead of the NFL season

Campbell had the full attention of his players as they look to bounce back from an awful 2021

Campbell had the full attention of his players as they look to bounce back from an awful 2021

From the get-go, football fans were fully committed to the Lions and were immediately backing them to have a far better season, having seen the commitment from both the players and the coaching staff.

An early fan favorite was rookie defensive end Aidan Hutchinson, who looks to have found his feet very quickly in the professional game.

At one point, viewers got to see a coaches meeting in which they heaped praise on their No 2 overall pick out of Michigan, raving that they had uncovered a gem.

In another scene, the 22-year-old performed Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean as an initiation to his teammates, which ended with the entire room singing along to his hilarious dance moves.

Rookie Aidan Hutchinson was the breakout star of the episode, delighting fans with his dance

Rookie Aidan Hutchinson was the breakout star of the episode, delighting fans with his dance

Hutchinson's initiation song, Michael Jackson's Billie Jean, had the whole room singing along

Hutchinson’s initiation song, Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean, had the whole room singing along

Twitter went wild for the Hutchinson dance on the first episode of Hard Knocks on Tuesday

Twitter went wild for the Hutchinson dance on the first episode of Hard Knocks on Tuesday

On Twitter, one user wrote: ‘Aidan Hutchinson bringing everyone to their feet and together in singing Billie Jean is probably a top-10 Detroit Lions moment of the past decade.’

Elsewhere, Jamaal Williams got tongues wagging with an incredible speech to his teammates on the practice field, urging them to improve from last year.

Getting clearly emotional, the running back screams at his fellow players about how much the previous year hurt, motivating them to improve in 2022. 

In it, he shouts a line that will surely go down in Hard Knocks history, saying: ‘If you gonna p*** like a puppy, stay on the porch, and let the big dogs f***ing eat.’

The first episode had fans believing the Lions are headed to the Super Bowl in 2022

The first episode had fans believing the Lions are headed to the Super Bowl in 2022

One social media viewer commented: ‘I’d take this dude on my team everyday of the week,’ while another wrote: ‘Sorry, too busy watching that Jamaal Williams speech on repeat and running through brick walls.’

The entire episode had fans rooting for the Lions, with one claiming: ’20 mins into Hard Knocks and the Lions are going to the Super Bowl’. 

Whether that prediction comes true is another matter… but there’s certainly a good few more weeks of fun in Detroit for fans of the NFL.

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