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ESPN bringing back Hank Williams Jr. for ‘Monday Night Football’ open, report says

Hank Williams Jr. performs during the recording of

Hank Williams Jr. performs during the recording of a promo for NFL Monday Night Football in Winter Park, Florida, on July 14, 2011. Credit: AP / John Raoux

ESPN is set to bring back Hank Williams Jr. to open its “Monday Night Football” shows for the coming season, The Tennesseean reported Monday.

Williams and his signature song, “All My Rowdy Friends Are Here on Monday Night,” which opens with, “Are you ready for some football?” is expected to premiere, in a new version, on Sept. 11.

“I think it’s a return to our past in that it’s such an iconic song associated with football,” ESPN senior vice president Stephanie Druley told The Tennesseean.

Williams filmed the video for the new version in Nashville on Sunday.

“I never said, ‘Are you ready for some football’ on stage one time the last five or six years, but I will now,” he told The Tennessean. “I’m feeling at home and it’s a real good thing ... It’s kind of like the Nashville Predators playing for the Stanley Cup. It’s like ‘Wow.’”

Williams first performed the song in 1989 and did so until 2011, when ESPN parted ways with him in the wake of his remarks on Fox News Channel following a golf outing involving President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner.

“It would be like Hitler playing golf with (Israeli leader) Benjamin Netanyahu,” Williams said. He also called Obama and vice president Joe Biden “the enemy.”


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