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Monday nights are about to be a little bit rowdier!
Six years after ESPN pulled the football version of his hit song “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight” due to some controversial comments Hank Williams Jr. made, Bocephus is back as the official Monday Night Football singer again.
The iconic song,which changes lyrics every week depending on the matchup, has been used since 1989, and during the six years it was gone, fans have complained that MNF is just not the same without hearing Hank Jr. yell, “Are you ready for some football?!” before the kickoff.
According to ESPN, “Williams will debut a new version of ‘All My Rowdy Friends,’ featuring its ‘Are you ready for some football?’ catchphrase, before the first Monday night game of the season, between the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings in Minneapolis on Sept. 11.”
“I think it’s a return to our past in that it’s such an iconic song associated with football,” said Stephanie Druley, ESPN’s senior vice president of events and studio production, according to The Tennessean. “It belongs to Monday Night Football. It really is about returning to what fans know. It’s a Monday night party and that’s what we’re all hoping to get back to.”
Hank Jr. filmed the music videos on Sunday (June 4) in Nashville and will feature two surprise music acts that will be named at a later time. For the country music legend, returning to MNF was unexpected, but feels right.
“I never said, ‘Are you ready for some football’ on stage one time the last five or six years, but I will now,” he said. “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.’”
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