Hank Williams will be replaced by Barry Sanders on Monday Night Football intro. Sanders will take over the intro that Williams and his song did for 20 consecutive years.
ESPN spokesperson Josh Krulewitz confirmed that the Hall Of Famer will be included in the new programming change.
The Hall of Fame Detroit Lions running back was asked to join ESPN after the country legend was pulled after his appearance on Fox News when he referred to a June golf game with President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner on the same team, against Vice President Joe Biden and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, as “one of the biggest political mistakes ever.”
Asked what he didn’t like about it, Williams said, “Come on. That’d be like Adolf Hitler playing golf with (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu. Not hardly,” but he has apologized for the remark, stating he was misunderstood by the media.
NFL fans across the country immediately began to speculate as to what would be the next song to lead into everyone’s favorite Monday night programming. As it turns out; there may not be a song at all, at least for now.
The Hall of Famer announced via Twitter that he will do the introduction for this week’s match up between the Lions and the Bears. “Ok, I admit it,” he said. “I will be at MNF this week and doing the intro.”
It’s fitting that the network could get Barry Sanders to do it, as this will be the first time that the Lions are playing a prime-time game since 2005.
From the sound of it, the spoken word will be the intro of choice for now. ESPN spokesman Josh Krulewitz said, “This is the format we’ll likely use the remainder of the season. We haven’t made any decisions beyond that.”