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 Winter Park on Thursday recording the opening promo for the upcoming season that, right now at least, is still in limbo, with owners and players trying to strike a new labor deal.
On Thursday, country music legend Hank Williams Jr. filmed the Monday Night Football opening video that will be a part of the ESPN telecast each week this fall. The shoot took place at the Live Venue at Full Sail University in Winter Park, Fla., where ESPN launched a Sports Lab last year.
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.