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Wednesday, June 07 2017 13:12

Hank Williams Jr. is Gettin' Rowdy with Florida Georgia Line and Jason Derulo...

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It's generally no secret around these parts that I'm not a football fan, but I am a Hank Jr. fan. That said, even though the event wasn't my bag, I was bummed to hear that his iconic theme song was nixed from Monday Night Football some years back. Now, confirming some rumors that were swirling, news just hit Rock Father HQ that ESPN’s Monday Night Football will feature the return of its iconic anthem this fall when Hank Williams Jr. kicks off the weekly Monday primetime game by asking NFL fans: “Are You Ready for Some Football?” Every Monday night during the 2017 NFL season, Williams will perform his hit song “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Monday Night” with Florida Georgia Line and Jason Derulo.

“I started in 1989 when ABC was celebrating the 20th season of Monday Night Football," said Hank Williams Jr. “It soon became a staple that fans grew to expect and wanted to see and hear. I am thrilled to be back and bring the fans such a new and dynamic rendition of this anthem. Are You Ready For Some Football? Cause I sure am!”

Each week, the MNF kickoff video will feature team-specific lyrics and visuals based on the 17 regular-season ESPN matchups. All three artists recorded audio tracks in May. They filmed the opening video together June 4 at the Marathon Music Works in Nashville.

"This is a huge honor to be a part of such a legendary song and night!" said Florida Georgia Line’s Tyler Hubbard.

FGL’s Brian Kelley added: "We all grew up watching Monday Night Football and it's surreal to join Jason Derulo and Hank Williams Jr. on this new version that gives a nod back but also a step forward!"

Said Derulo: “It’s truly momentous to be featured in the Monday Night Football anthem for the upcoming season. I feel the opening song sets the tone and energizes the fans before kickoff, and this year I’m putting my swag on it.”

Monday Night Football’s 48th season kicks off with an ESPN doubleheader on Monday, Sept. 11 – New Orleans Saints at Minnesota Vikings (6:55 p.m. ET) and Los Angeles Chargers at Denver Broncos (10:15 p.m.).

Pictured Top L-R: Robert Toms (ESPN), Michael "Spike" Szykowny (Habana Avenue), Lucas Nickerson (Habana Avenue), Steven J. Levy (Habana Avenue), Ken Levitan (Vector Management), Brian Kelley (Florida Georgia Line), Hank Williams Jr., Jason Derulo, Frank Harris (23 Management), Kirt Webster (Webster Public Relations), Tyler Hubbard (Florida Georgia Line), Seth England (Big Loud Mountain).

James Zahn

James Zahn is not a journalist, nor a blogger, though he may be credited as such by others, or even accept the title... depending on the circumstance.  Instead, he considers himself largely to be an "entertainment and lifestyle writer," bringing 25+ years of experience in the entertainment and publishing industries into the family realm as THE ROCK FATHER™.

As a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur, James now finds himself raising a pair young girls - The Rock Daughters™ - along with his wife from their Illinois home.

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