The Charlie Daniels Band
Charlie recently recorded a revised version of his 1979 smash for ESPN, mentioning Falcons' quarterback Matt Ryan and Broncos' new QB, Peyton Manning in the new lyrics. "I've been watching 'Monday Night Football' since it started and to be a part of it makes me feel proud," says the beloved musician. "I had to watch the lyrics real close because I've done those same 'Devil Went Down to Georgia' lyrics for 33 years!"
This is the first time in more than 20 years that "Monday Night Football" will feature a different song before each game. Hank Williams Jr. was the former voice of the opening segment every Monday during the NFL season, with a special version of his hit, "All My Rowdy Friends." ESPN parted ways with Bocephus in the wake of controversial statements the singer made about President Obama on live television. Hank Jr. insists he quit the show on his own accord, while ESPN claims to have let him go.
This isn't the first time, however, that Charlie Daniels has been associated with "Monday Night Football." He was part of the all-star band that was featured each week during the 2006 NFL season.
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