Commissioner Prize Leagues Listen Live Pomeranz Trade, Most Added & Viewed "Ballers," an HBO drama-comedy about professional football players' lives away from the field, relied on Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson (a former defensive lineman at Miami), realistic writing (allegedly), and cameos from the NFL players to keep its inaugural season grounded in reality (again, allegedly).
Picture a slightly more serious "Entourage," swapping out Hollywood for the NFL and South Beach.
"The first season of the show, the only calls I was getting were from guys like Roger Goodell saying, 'You can't do this,' and various owners in the league," Wahlberg said.
Just before that quote, Wahlberg spoke about the degree of difficulty in getting players to appear on the show.
In the first season, stars DeSean Jackson , Steven Jackson , Antonio Brown , Larry Csonka, Dannell Ellerbe , Jeremy Shockey, Rashard Mendenhall, Jared Odrick , Jon Beason , Victor Cruz , LaMarr Woodley , Will Davis , Jason Pierre-Paul , Terrell Suggs , and Julian Edelman appeared on the show.