A new and revamped Monday Night Football song will feature Hank Williams Jr, 68, back after almost a six-year hiatus from singing the opening song, and two others, to give the new version of the song a more contemporary feel — Jason Derulo and the country western band, Florida Georgia Line. After Hank Williams Jr compared former President Barack Obama with Adolph Hitler, he and ESPN parted ways.
NBC Sports reported that this year, Hank Williams Jr, will be returning to the ESPN fold, to sing the new version of the Monday Night Football song, with a little help from his friends. On Sunday, the new version of the iconic Monday Night Football song, All My Rowdy Friends Are Here on Monday Night, was filmed in Nashville, Tennessee, to help fans get ready for some football this coming season.
The opening Monday Night Football song has proven to be so popular in the past, that it was a staple of Monday Night Football for over 20 years. ESPN has apparently decided to welcome Hank Williams Jr, back to once again sing the opening song, though the network shunned him for having made “a foolish right-leaning political statement.” ESPN could be attempting to get back viewers who reportedly stopped watching the network because they felt it started to have “too many left-leaning views.”
The Washington Post reported that Hank Williams Jr made the controversial comments about former President Obama in October 2011, comparing him to Hitler. Hank Williams Jr, in an interview on Fox and Friends, remarked about a so-called “golf summit” that year, when Obama played golf with former House Speaker John Boehner. The country music legend called the “golf summit,” a big political mistake. He said, “It would be like Hitler playing golf with Benjamin Netanyahu.”
When Hank Williams Jr was asked what he meant, he called both Obama and Vice President Biden “the enemy.” He added that the people of the United States were polarized, and that he was not going to “sugarcoat it.”
ESPN immediately removed the song from its broadcasts of Monday Night Football. No song to open Monday Night Football has even been close to the success of Hank Williams Jr’s song at attracting viewers since then.
The revamped version of the iconic Monday Night Football song, All My Rowdy Friends Are Here on Monday Night, will debut on Monday Night Football on Sept. 11, when the Minnesota Vikings play the New Orleans Saints. In 1989 was the first time Hank Williams Jr sang the song, in which he changed some of the words to his popular hit, All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight. The new version will be changed to mention the two teams playing each Monday night during football season.
Hank Williams Jr has apologized for his comments about former President Obama on his website. He said he has always been “passionate about politics and sports.”
The country western musician mentioned that he had gotten carried away in his remarks, saying, “…this time it got the best or worst of me.” He added that the thought of the leaders of both political parties playing golf together and “Jukin and High Fiven,” as he put it, while families around the country were “Struggling to get by,” made him angry. Williams admitted he made a dumb statement and wrote he was “very sorry if it offended anyone.”
The Monday Night Football song, All My Rowdy Friends Are Here on Monday Night, will be back with the return of Monday Night Football on Sept. 11, 2017, ready or not, and football fans will again get to hear Hank Williams Jr singing the song, or, at any rate, a version of the song. He will be joined singing the rebooted song with Jason Derulo and Florida Georgia Line.
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By John Samuels