Carrie Underwood Putting Added Muscle in Sunday Night Football Theme

13 NFL Players Will Join Her in Performance Segment

Carrie Underwood is putting some muscle in the opening theme of NBC’s Sunday Night Football by enlisting the assistance of 13 NFL players.

Her performance of “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night,” based on Joan Jett’s “I Hate Myself for Loving You,” premieres Sept. 8 when the New York Giants visit the Dallas Cowboys.

Among those who filmed their appearances in June include New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs and Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt.

The video will also feature Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham, Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson, Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware and San Francisco 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis.

Underwood’s performance of “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night” will be featured as the opening theme throughout the season to introduce Sunday Night Football and marks her first production with NBC Sports. From 2007-2012, the opening song was performed by Faith Hill. In 2006, the inaugural season of Sunday Night Football, Pink performed it.

Later this fall, Underwood will star in NBC’s live production of The Sound of Music in the role of Maria Von Trapp. Airing Dec. 5, the three-hour live holiday production will be based on the original 1959 Broadway production which won the Tony Award as best musical.

Since winning American Idol in season four and releasing her debut album in 2005, Underwood has sold more than 15 million albums. Her latest album, Blown Away, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s country albums chart and the all-genre Billboard 200.