By Brett Smiley
August 14, 2013


While nearly everything has changed for the Bengals since the squad first appeared on Hard Knocks in 2009, a fundamental truth about HBO’s training camp insider series remains the same: 50-plus minute episodes provide plenty of opportunities to see the softer side of NFL’s gladiators. We collected the best from this week’s episode, including musical performances and professions of love.

(Also see last week's edition of "Soft Knocks".)

Andy Dalton mends broken hearts!

Smile for Mama Stephens!

Little Orphan Eifert!

Jon Gruden's insecure side!

Hallway harmonies!

Pool party giggles!

James Harrison's melted heart!

Gentle giant Margus Hunt!

Owner Mike Brown frets over the social dynamic, ever mindful that feelings of alienation or resentment in even just one player can fester and ultimately metastasize, jeopardizing the team chemistry that coaches work so hard to cultivate and nurture!

Taylor Mays loves his girlfriend



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