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Find out which 49ers player will star in Underwood’s new SNF open

Aug 27, 2013, 10:18 AM PDT

Carrie Underwood’s name will once again be associated with football and thankfully it has nothing to do with dating Tony Romo. Underwood is replacing Faith Hill as the singer of NBC’s Sunday Night Football song. Nothing against Hill, but Underwood is an upgrade for obvious reasons.

The open will feature the same song, “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night” which is set to the original Joan Jett song, “I Hate Myself for Loving You.” The first version of the song was performed by Pink. It just keeps getting better.

Thirteen NFL stars were selected to star alongside Underwood. San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis is one of them. Willis joins a group of 13 NFL players, who have accounted for 55 Pro Bowl selections, six Super Bowl rings and four Super Bowl MVP trophies, that will be featured in the open.

  • Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald
  • New Orleans TE Jimmy Graham
  • Detroit Lions WR Calvin Johnson
  • Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck
  • New York Giants QB Eli Manning
  • Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning
  • Green Bay Packers LB Clay Matthews
  • Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy
  • Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers
  • Baltimore Ravens LB Terrell Suggs
  • Dallas Cowboys DE DeMarcus Ware
  • Houston Texans DE J.J. Watt
  • San Francisco 49ers LB Patrick Willis

Sunday Night football is the highest rated primetime program on television over the past two years. The opening song for the game is actually about more than eye candy. Last season, SNF was actually the No. 2 show among Women 18-34, and Women 18-49 based on Nielsen data.

49ers SNF appearances: (No Raiders game scheduled)

9/15 – 49ers at Seahawks

10/6 – Texans at 49ers

Before Underwood was selected (not really) some of NBC’s television stars auditioned to sing the Sunday Night Football theme. It didn’t go so well. Where’s Jim Kozimor when you need him?

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