See a Preview of the New ‘Sunday Night Football’ Opening

Carrie Underwood is taking fans behind the scenes of the highly anticipated new Sunday Night Football opening ahead of its…


Lauren Jo Black

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August 29, 2019


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Joan Jett, Carrie Underwood; Photo Courtesy Sunday Night Football

Carrie Underwood is taking fans behind the scenes of the highly anticipated new Sunday Night Football opening ahead of its September 8 premiere.

In a new clip that debuted during halftime of the Pittsburgh-Tennessee preseason game on NBC, Underwood shares her thoughts on the new opening and gives fans a sneak peek of the star-studded clip.

“They always go all-out on the Sunday Night Football open,” the seven-time Grammy winner says while filming on location at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

The superstar goes on to explain their decision to bring back the original theme song, “Waiting All Day For Sunday Night,” revealing that they “toyed around” with the idea of bringing the song back to celebrate the 100th season of the NFL.

“I’ve always been a fan of Joan Jett,” she confessed. “It is her song. I will use any excuse I can to work with Joan Jett, I just hope I can keep up.”

The sneak preview shows footage of Underwood and Jett performing together as well as clips of the 13 NFL players who will appear in the opening sequence. Those players include: Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones, Chicago Bears DB Kyle Fuller, Chicago Bears LB Khalil Mack, Chicago Bears QB Mitch Trubisky, Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield, Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott, Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes, Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff, Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins, Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz, Philadelphia TE Zach Ertz, Philadelphia Eagles DT Fletcher Cox and Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson.

NBC’s Sunday Night Football is primetime television’s No. 1 program for an unprecedented eight consecutive years. The complete new clip will make its debut Sunday, Sept. 8, as the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots host the Pittsburgh Steelers. Check out the sneak peek above.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.