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Bill O'Brien asked his mother not to watch 'Hard Knocks' episode

HOUSTON -- After Houston Texans coach Bill O'Brien saw the first episode of HBO's "Hard Knocks" early Tuesday morning with director Matt Dissinger, he had a phone call to make.

"I called my parents and I asked them not to watch it," O'Brien said. "Especially my mother. She's Irish Catholic and she goes to Mass I think every day. She's not going to be very happy with me."

O'Brien figured to be a big part of this season of "Hard Knocks." His quick wit, fiery personality and occasional explosions made him someone sure to be loved by the cameras. I wrote more about that relationship and how the television crew shot the episode in this story.

In Tuesday morning's meeting, O'Brien had the opportunity to ask that any scenes that affect the team's competitive advantage be taken out. He's said several times that the "Hard Knocks" crew has been good to work with.

"It's always been important to me to just be myself," O'Brien said. "Whether you succeed or fail in life, at least you did it being yourself. You know I'm not trying to be somebody else, and that's what I try to do is just be myself. I'm not really concerned about cameras. But like I said, I may get a phone call tomorrow morning from my mother."