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Carrie Underwood, 11 NFL players star in 'Waiting All Day for Sunday Night' debuting Sept. 7 on 'Sunday Night Football'

by jmaloni


Wed, Aug 20th 2014 11:45 pm

Opening theme Includes Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Russell Wilson, Colin Kaepernick, Clay Matthews, LeSean McCoy and Philip Rivers

Carrie Underwood records special opening theme for NBC's telecast of Super Bowl XLIX

Eleven NFL players will join six-time Grammy Award-winner and multi-platinum recording artist Carrie Underwood for her performance of "Waiting All Day for Sunday Night," the opening theme for primetime television's No. 1 program, "Sunday Night Football" on NBC.

After making her debut last season, Underwood returns in 2014 beginning with NBC's first "SNF" broadcast of the 2014 NFL season as the Denver Broncos host the Indianapolis Colts Sept. 7. Coverage begins with "Football Night in America" at 7 p.m., and the opening theme will continue each week of the season to kick off "SNF," culminating with a special opening theme for NBC's broadcast of Super Bowl XLIX on Feb. 1, 2015.

Eleven NFL players, who have accounted for 44 Pro Bowl selections, five Super Bowl rings, three Super Bowl MVP trophies and eight first-round draft picks (five in the top 10), will participate in the open (nine, denoted with an asterisk*, took part in a shoot this past June). Following is the complete list:

New Orleans Saints TE Jimmy Graham*

San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick*

Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly*

New York Giants QB Eli Manning

Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning

Chicago Bears WR Brandon Marshall*

Green Bay Packers LB Clay Matthews*

Philadelphia Eagles RB LeSean McCoy*

San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers*

Dallas Cowboys DE DeMarcus Ware*

Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson*

Players who participated in this year's "SNF" shoot provided some commentary on the set:

"Waiting All Day for Sunday Night" is set to the original Joan Jett song, "I Hate Myself for Loving You."

For the third consecutive September-May television season, NBC's Sunday Night Football finished as the No. 1 show in primetime in household rating, viewership and the coveted Adult 18-49 demographic, based on live plus same day data from The Nielsen Company (September-May).

2014 NBC 'Sunday Night Football' schedule

Thurs., Sept. 4

NFL Kickoff 

Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks

Sun., Sept. 7

Week 1

Indianapolis Colts at Denver Broncos

Sun., Sept. 14

Week 2

Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers

Sun., Sept. 21

Week 3

Pittsburgh Steelers at Carolina Panthers

Sun., Sept. 28

Week 4

New Orleans Saints at Dallas Cowboys

*Sun. Oct. 5

Week 5

Cincinnati Bengals at New England Patriots

*Sun. Oct. 12

Week 6

New York Giants at Philadelphia Eagles

*Sun. Oct. 19

Week 7

San Francisco 49ers at Denver Broncos

*Sun. Oct. 26

Week 8

Green Bay Packers at New Orleans Saints

*Sun. Nov. 2

Week 9

Baltimore Ravens at Pittsburgh Steelers

*Sun. Nov. 9

Week 10

Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers

*Sun. Nov. 16

Week 11 

New England Patriots at Indianapolis Colts

*Sun. Nov. 23

Week 12

Dallas Cowboys at New York Giants

**Thurs. Nov. 27

Week 13

Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers

*Sun. Nov. 30

Week 13

Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs

*Sun. Dec. 7

Week 14

New England Patriots at San Diego Chargers

*Sun. Dec. 14

Week 15

Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles

*Sun. Dec. 21

Week 16

Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals

*Sun. Dec. 28

Week 17


*Flex week

** Thanksgiving night game

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