Opening theme includes Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson, Patrick Peterson, Clay Matthews, Odell Beckham Jr. and Dez Bryant
Eleven NFL players will join seven-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. Underwood will visit "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" Thursday to show a sneak peek of the opening theme and also will perform her new single "Smoke Break."
After performing the opening theme for the past two seasons and Super Bowl XLIX, Underwood returns in 2015 beginning with NBC's first "SNF" broadcast of the NFL season as the defending NFC East champion Dallas Cowboys host the New York Giants. Coverage begins with "Football Night in America" at 7 p.m. ET. The opening theme continues each week of the season to kick off "SNF."
The 11 NFL players, who have accounted for 33 Pro Bowl selections, three Super Bowl rings, and seven first-round draft picks, will participate in the open (eight, denoted with an asterisk*, took part in a shoot this past June). Following is the complete list:
"Waiting All Day for Sunday Night" is set to the original Joan Jett song, "I Hate Myself for Loving You."
Earlier this summer, NBC Sports Group produced for movie theatres a behind-the-scenes look at the making of this year's "SNF" open. The cinema spot was viewed on more than 19,000 movie screens in theaters nationwide. To view the behind-the-scenes cinema spot, click here.