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On Sunday (September 10), Carrie Underwood helped kick off the start of the NFL season with her new Sunday Night Football opening. Football fans were left buzzing about the opener, which is bigger and better than ever.
This is the fifth year that Underwood has served as the voice behind the Sunday Night Football theme. During the first three years, Underwood sang the longtime theme song “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night.” But the program changed things up in 2016 by debuting a new theme, “Oh, Sunday Night.”
“Oh, Sunday Night” follows the sound established in Underwood’s hit duet with Miranda Lambert, “Somethin’ Bad.” Underwood coordinated with the “Somethin’ Bad” songwriters to create the theme, and tweaked the song a bit more for the 2017-2018 season.
This year’s opening clip for Sunday Night Football has Underwood going on a grand adventure, as she makes her way through various football towns across the country. She is accompanied by popular NFL players from a whole host of different teams.
As if the hype around the new Sunday Night Football opener wasn’t enough, Underwood and the NFL dropped some big news when they revealed another project they have in the works. Fred Gaudelli, the executive producer of Sunday Night Football, told Variety that Underwood wrote a brand-new song for the 2018 Super Bowl.
Prior to past Super Bowl games, the opening has been a slight variation on whatever the Sunday Night Football theme was at the time. But that’s all going to change in 2018, as Underwood has an entirely new song to debut for the occasion.
Called “The Champion,” Gaudelli says he believes this new song is “going to become a sports anthem.”
That statement seems to be true, as proven by Underwood’s husband Mike Fisher. He would listen to the song to get himself pumped up before the Stanley Cup playoff games this year. In fact, he loved the song so much he wanted to play it for his entire team:
“He was like ‘I want everyone to hear it!'” Underwood told Variety. “And I had to tell him, ‘You can’t do that. You can’t play it in the locker room. I’m sorry.’ But that was a good indicator that we were on the right track.”
It sounds like it’s going to be a good song! Unfortunately, you’ll have to wait until the 2018 Super Bowl to be able to hear it.
Until then, enjoy Underwood’s fiery new opening segment for Sunday Night Football in the clip below!