Hank Williams Jr. and ‘Are you ready for some football’ returning to ‘Monday Night Football’

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Are you ready for the return of “Are you ready for some football?”

After a six-year hiatus, Hank Williams Jr. is bringing back his iconic opening theme song, “All My Rowdy Friends Are Here on Monday Night,” to ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” this coming season.

The song’s return was first reported by The Tennessean.

“I think it’s a return to our past in that it’s such an iconic song associated with football,” Stephanie Druley, an ESPN senior vice president, told the newspaper. “It was the original. It belongs to ‘Monday Night Football.’ It really is about returning to what fans know.”

Williams won’t be alone in the new version of the opening, which was filmed in Nashville over the weekend. He’ll be joined by two contemporary music artists whose names have not yet been released.

The song and it’s famous opening words first appeared on “MNF” in 1989. It was dropped, however, in 2011 after Williams criticized a golf outing between President Barack Obama and Speaker of the House John Boehner.

“It would be like Hitler playing golf with Benjamin Netanyahu,” Williams said during an appearance on “Fox & Friends.” He also referred to Obama and Vice President Joe Biden “the enemy.”

The game instead used ABC’s original “Monday Night Football” theme in the period since.

“I hope there will be some happy people on Monday night again,” Williams told the paper. “It feels natural, fulfilling and satisfying at this point when you’ve kind of done it all.”

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The song will make its return on the first Monday night game of the season between the New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings on September 11.


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