ESPN has been laying off employees left and right. NFL analysts including Trent Dilfer and John Clayton got the boot earlier this month. But one legendary name from the past was actually re-hired by ESPN on June 6th. You knew it was time for Monday Night Football when the sounds of Hank Williams Jr.’s “Are You Ready For Some Football” came on your TV. Since 1989 and MNF’s 20th Anniversary, “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight” was reinterpreted to fit the game of the week and it became according to ESPN as the “most iconic music video in sports television history”. Fans are feeling nostalgic and ESPN is thrilled with the renewed partnership with Hank Jr. The 2017 versions of the opening song were recorded in May and will also include Florida Georgia Line and Jason DeRulo.
“ORIGINAL ALL MY ROWDY FRIENDS MNF THEME”
“ALL MY ROWDY FRIENDS ARE COMING OVER TONIGHT” – Hank Williams Jr.
Why was Hank let go from ESPN in the first place? Foot in mouth disease and today’s overly PC environment is to blame. In 2011, the outspoken country music superstar and Republican ally was being interviewed on Fox & Friends during the 2012 election. Hank compared Barack Obama playing golf with House Speaker John Boehner as the equivalent as “Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu (Israel’s Prime Minister). Is that the shape of the county today?” Almost instantly, ESPN severed their ties with Williams. Since 2011, Hank has continued to speak his mind and hasn’t held back his thoughts on Obama, Trump, and his traditional patriotic stance. Take a listen to Williams’ rewrite of “Country Boy Can Survive” entitled “America Can Survive”: