Carrie Underwood Returns To The ‘Sunday Night Football’ Opening For The Tenth Straight Season

Carrie Underwood will perform the iconic Sunday Night Football theme song for her tenth season.  NBC, the home of SNF, announced her return last night during the Pro Football Hall of Fame game, which I found myself watching for some inexplicable reason despite my eagerness for the new football season to begin. It is a ceremonial game played during the weekend of the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, in which only a handful of first-string players participate. The Las Vegas Raiders defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 27-11 last night, for what it’s worth.

The announcement that Carrie will return for her tenth season was, therefore, by far the most exciting thing that occurred during the game.  This NFL season will mark Carrie Underwood’s tenth consecutive appearance in the Sunday Night Football opening. Obviously, Faith Hill was the SNF girl for many years, performing “Waiting All Day For Sunday Night” every weekend on American television, but I’ve enjoyed watching Carrie step up and carry the torch for the past decade. Carrie Underwood, in terms of vocal ability, is comparable to Faith Hill.

As is customary for the SNF opener, which was revamped somewhat last season, the video will vary slightly each week depending on the game’s location and opponent. Additionally, the lyrics will vary slightly based on the featured teams each week. Carrie also shared an Instagram post about her return, stating that she can’t wait to return for football season in September, along with a short clip from this year’s video and some throwback footage: The NFL preseason will begin next Thursday and continue through the weekend, with Thursday Night Football marking the return of the regular season on September 8.

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