Hank Wil­liams Jr. re­turn­ing to ‘Mon­day Night Foot­ball’

The Washington Times Daily - - SPORTS -

NASHVILLE, TENN. | Hank Wil­liams Jr. is bring­ing his rowdy friends back to “Mon­day Night Foot­ball” six years after ESPN dropped the coun­try singer in 2011 for his com­ments about Pres­i­dent Barack Obama.

ESPN says a new ver­sion of Wil­liams’ long­time “MNF” theme and its “Are you ready for some foot­ball?” catch­phrase will de­but be­fore the first reg­u­lar-sea­son Mon­day night game — a Sept. 11 matchup be­tween the New Or­leans Saints and Min­nesota Vik­ings.

The net­work says in a state­ment that it’s bring­ing back what it calls “most iconic mu­sic video in sports tele­vi­sion his­tory” be­cause fans missed it. ESPN dropped Wil­liams in 2011 after he com­pared Obama golf­ing with then-House Speaker John Boehner to Adolf Hitler golf­ing with Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu.

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