WINTER PARK, Fla. -- Hank Williams Jr. was ready to talk football on Thursday and declared the NFL lockout near its end.
"I think the deal is done," he said. That's good news considering he was at Full Sail University shooting the 1-minute, 20-second "All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Monday Night" video that kicks off ESPN's "Monday Night Football" telecast.
As much as famous broadcasters like Howard Cosell and Don Meredith were identified with "Monday Night Football," now too is Hank Williams Jr., the 62-year-old country star who popularized the lyrics "Are you ready for some football?"
Williams originally signed a one-year contract to be a part of the production in 1989.
His song "All My Rowdy Friends Are Here on Monday Night," is a remixed version of his 1984 hit song "All My Rowdy Friends are Coming Over Tonight." The retooled version of the song won him four Emmy Awards in the early 1990s as the opening theme to "Monday Night Football."
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Standing on a makeshift football field atop a soundstage in the middle of flashing lights, dancing cheerleaders and screaming fans, Hank Williams, Jr. lifted his cowboy hat and belted out the words that for more than 20 years have become synonymous with the start of the NFL season.
Hank Williams, Jr., the man who popularized the lyrics "Are you ready for some football?" was in Florida on Thursday recording the opening promo an upcoming season that, right now at least, is still in limbo, with owners and players trying to strike a new labor deal.