Football fans tuning into Monday Night Football on ESPN this NFL season will not hear Hank Williams Jr.’s iconic “All My Rowdy Friends Are Here on Monday Night” as the song has reportedly been pulled from upcoming broadcasts.
According to Sports Business Daily, ESPN removed the song because they didn’t feel it would be a good fit for the 2020-2021 football season as fans will most likely not be able to attend games or gather to watch games due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
Instead of “All My Rowdy Friends Are Here on Monday Night,” ESPN will reportedly air a version of Little Richard’s“Rip It Up,” from the band Butcher Brown.
Williams Jr.’s song was first used in 1989 when MNF still aired on ABC. “All My Rowdy Friends Are Here on Monday Night” was removed from the broadcasts in 2011 after the legendary entertainer compared President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler. The singer later apologized for his comments, acknowledging “my analogy was extreme — but it was to make a point.”
The song returned to Monday Night Football in 2017.