Hank Williams Jr. Is Coming Back To ‘Monday Night Football’—New Theme To Debut Before Saints-Vikings Matchup
After being gone for six years, Hank Williams Jr. is bringing his rowdy friends back to 'Monday Night Football.'
ESPN announced that a new version of the country star's legendary 'Monday Night Football' theme, fully equipped with the "Are you ready for some football?" catchphrase, will debut on Sept. 11 before the first Monday night game of the regular season—a showdown between the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings.
The network dropped Williams back in 2011 after controversial comments about President Barack Obama but, in a statement, said they are bringing back "the most iconic music video in sports television history" because fans missed it.
ESPN originally cut ties with Williams when he compared Obama golfing with then-House Speaker John Boehner to Adolf Hitler golfing with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. According to USA Today Network-Tennessee, ESPN isn't worried about any backlash over the singer's return.
We discussed it internally and it was just the right time to bring him back
Williams says the return feels like "home," describing it as "a real good thing."