Hank Jr. opening passed to Little Richard

Monday night football will sound different this year, with a change in opening tunes.

According to Sports Business Daily, ESPN is dropping the Hank Williams Jr. song, “All My Rowdy Friends Are Here on Monday Night” because, due to COVID-19 restrictions, a song alluding to rowdy fans doesn’t make sense during this year’s NFL season with teams either without fans or with a limited number of fans in stadiums.

ABC Sports first used the song to open “Monday Night Football” in 1989.

Instead, ESPN instead will use the Little Richard song “Rip It Up,” enhanced by modern-day instrumentals from Virginia-based band Butcher Brown.