ESPN is teaming with director Peter Berg (“Friday Night Lights”) in order to create a new opening for “Monday Night Football.” According to a press release, the one-minute, 30-second opening will incorporate some classic moments from the franchise’s 44-year history.
The new opening segment will debut on Sept. 9 at 6:55 p.m. EST during the regular-season “Monday Night Football” opening game between the Philadelphia Eagles and the Washington Redskins. It will air every Monday night before the game at 8:30 p.m.
“Monday Night Football has undeniably been an integral part of American culture for 44 years,” said ESPN executive producer Jed Drake. “This open beautifully captures many of the cultural touchstones that have run parallel to this great series, as we now head toward the half century mark. To this day, there’s no bigger, more important sports property than MNF.”
As ESPN prepares to debut the new show opener for "Monday Night Football", check out 10 classic moments from the past 44 years of the storied franchise.
1.) The First Game: Sept. 21, 1970
2.) Howard Cosell Announces John Lennon's Death: Dec. 8, 1980
3.) Howard Cosell Calls Washington Redkins Wide Receiver Alvin Garrett A "Little monkey": Sept. 24, 1973
4.) Lawrence Taylor Breaks Joe Theismann's Leg: Nov. 18, 1985
5.) Coach Dennis Green Outburst After Arizona Cardinals Blow 20-Point Lead To Chicago Bears: Oct. 16, 2006
6.) Miami Dolphins Spoil Chicago Bears' Undefeated Season: Dec. 2, 1985
7.) Terrell Owens and Nicolette Sheridan In Controversial Opening Skit: Nov. 16, 2004
8.) Howard Cosell Drunk During The Game: Nov. 23, 1970
9.) New Orleans Saints Return To The Superdome After Hurricane Katrina: Nov. 25, 2006
10.) Terrell Owens Sharpie Touchdown Celebration: Oct. 14, 2002