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).
MNF’s Iconic Anthem is Back for 2017 NFL Season – Are You Ready for Some Football?
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – ESPN’s Monday Night Football
will feature the return of its iconic anthem this fall when legendary
country singer 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
superstar duo Florida Georgia Line and multi-platinum recording artist
Williams returns to MNF for the first time since 2011 to
perform the show’s opening anthem for an unprecedented 24th season, a
ritual that has earned him four Emmy awards (1991-1994) and national
acclaim among legions of football fans. Florida Georgia Line and Derulo
will be appearing in the MNF video for the first time.
“Monday Night Football has the most famous music video in sports television. It’s time to bring it back,” said Stephanie Druley,
Senior Vice President, ESPN events and studio production. “The
combination of Hank Williams Jr. with Florida Georgia Line and Jason
Derulo will get fans excited and ready for kickoff every Monday night on
ESPN this fall.”
The MNF kickoff video features team-specific lyrics and
visuals each week 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.
“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!”
Ricky Reed (Nice Life Recording Company), a 2016 Grammy Award nominee
for Producer of the Year, is the music director. Mike “Spike” Szykowny
(producer) and co-directors Lucas Nickerson and Chris Mantzaris of ESPN
Creative Services are overseeing production of the video with MNF producer Jay Rothman and Vice President, Creative and Studio Direction, Bob Toms. Habana Avenue produced the video shoot.
“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
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.).
About Hank Williams Jr.
Marking 53 years since his first album in 1964, Hank Williams Jr.’s
impressive resume has spawned 70 million albums sold worldwide, six
PLATINUM albums, 20 GOLD albums, 13 No. 1 albums and 10 No. 1 singles.
As groundbreaking as Hank Williams Jr. became, it wasn’t just his
performance that people took note about, but rather his songwriting that
became so notable. The driven musician penned hit songs year after year
scoring 20 BMI Awards. One of the most-heard Country songs of modern
times, the four-time Emmy award-winning “Are You Ready For Some
Football?,” which was heard nationally for the first time in 1989 during
the 20th anniversary season of Monday Night Football on ABC and soon became the theme song of ABC and ESPN’s MNF telecasts, aired for 21 years. Through the years, the MNF
open has featured Williams in a variety of settings: cruising the
highway in a convertible with Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders, tap-dancing
with famed dancer Savion Glover, performing alongside an all-star band,
even flying through outer space.
Williams continues to add accolades to his resume, which includes
three ACM Entertainer of the Year honors, two CMA Entertainer of the
Year honors and the BMI Icon award in addition to winning a GRAMMY and
being inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame. As a touring
artist, Hank Jr. was a pioneer in bringing arena rock production values
to country music, and he remains one of the most consistent ticket
sellers in music, period, as generation after generation gets turned on
to one of the most dynamic live performers ever to take the stage.
About Florida Georgia Line
FGL’s musical evolution DIG YOUR ROOTS propelled the
history-making duo to #1 on the all-genre Billboard Artist 100 and
Country Albums charts, delivering the 3X PLATINUM-certified lead single
“H.O.L.Y.” and PLATINUM-certified hits “May We All” featuring Tim McGraw
and “God, Your Mama, And Me” featuring Backstreet Boys. Following a
landmark DIG YOUR ROOTS TOUR that broke attendance records and played to
over one million fans, FGL will continue to dominate on the road this
summer with THE SMOOTH TOUR 2017, including hip-hop icon Nelly and
breakout country talent Chris Lane. Pop idols Backstreet Boys will also
join FGL for their first-ever headlining stadium shows in Boston (7/7),
Minneapolis (7/29) and Chicago (8/12). Since introducing their breakout
vibes in 2012, FGL has earned prestigious honors from the AMA, ACM
Awards, CMA Awards, Billboard Music Awards and CMT. Their previous BMLG
Records releases – 2X PLATINUM debut HERE’S TO THE GOOD TIMES and PLATINUM ANYTHING GOES
– have attributed to sales surpassing 29 million tracks and more than
3.5 million albums worldwide. Fueled by fresh inspiration, they launched
publishing company Tree Vibez, introduced their Old Camp Pecan Whiskey,
and opened premiere restaurant and entertainment destination FGL HOUSE.
About Jason Derulo
Singer, songwriter, and dancer Jason Derulo is a multi-faceted,
timeless entertainer. To date, he has achieved two RIAA platinum albums,
Jason Derulo (2010) and Talk Dirty (2014), two gold albums Future History (2011) and Everything Is 4 (2015), and a gold EP Tattoos (2013)
— totaling over 12.5 million albums sold globally. A multiplatinum
powerhouse with 94 million-plus single equivalent sales worldwide (5.5
billion streams and 58 million downloads), both his introductory
breakout “Watcha Say” and “Talk Dirty” [feat. 2 Chainz] reached
quadruple-platinum status, while “Want To Want Me” and “Ridin’ Solo”
went triple-platinum, and “Trumpets,” “Wiggle” [feat. Snoop Dogg], and
“In My Head” earned double-platinum certifications. Platinum singles
include “Marry Me,” “The Other Side,” and “It Girl,” while “Get Ugly”
and “Don’t Wanna Go Home” went gold. Cumulative streams continue to
soar, exceeding 5.5 billion and YouTube views surpass 3 billion. At
radio, his music impacted a total audience of 20 billion-plus listeners
with a staggering 3.5 million spins. He landed four #1 songs on the Billboard Hot 100, six Top 5 songs, and 11 Top 10 songs.
Whether it’s hosting the hilarious “Toddlerography” on The Late Late Show with James Corden or cameoing on Empire or Lethal Weapon, Derulo has become embedded in the fabric of pop culture. He was on the cover of Billboard Magazine in addition to appearing in Time, People, Men’s Fitness, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, Elle, Forbes, and LA Times as well as guest appearances on The View and The Meredith Vieira Show. He’s received three Teen Choice Awards,
two BMI Pop Awards, and a YouTube Music Award. Derulo proudly stands
among history’s most successful artists, and he turns up the heat in
2017 with the explosive new anthem, “Swalla” [feat. Nicki Minaj & Ty