Another year of NFL football is almost here, and that means another riveting Sunday Night Football theme from Carrie Underwood. But this year is a special one.
It’s the NFL’s 100th season and as such, the league and its partners are looking back in various ways. One of those ways is by bringing back the original “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night” theme song to NBC’s Sunday Night Football — and the hit it was based on’s original artist.
Underwood will be joined this year by the legendary Joan Jett, who’s “I Hate Myself for Loving You” has served as the SNF theme’s inspiration for years. It’s a reprisal of the duo’s dynamic appearance at the 2019 CMA Music Festival, and in a video preview of the new opener, Underwood says she’ll take any chance she can get to work with the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer.
“It’s intimidating being in the studio with somebody like Joan,” the country superstar says. “She’s a legend.”
As usual, Underwood’s video clip will also feature a bunch of the NFL’s most popular players — 13 all-stars who include Patrick Mahomes, Kahlil Mack, Baker Mayfield, Julio Jones and more — and the Oklahoma native says she’s always thrilled to be a part of America’s most popular pro sports tradition.
“I love how they make every year feel different and look different,” she says of the “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night” clip. “It’s meant to be big, and feel big. I grew up watching football, [and] to have a small part in this amazing game — Sunday Night Football — it’s an honor.”
Underwood’s Sunday Night Football show open will premiere with the first Sunday-night game of the season, which finds the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots taking on the Pittsburgh Steelers September 8 at 8:20 p.m. ET on NBC.