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Ready for some football? Hank Jr. back on Monday Night after Obama controversy

Hank Williams Jr. performs during the recording of a promo for NFL Monday Night Football in Winter Park, Fla., in 2011.
Hank Williams Jr. performs during the recording of a promo for NFL Monday Night Football in Winter Park, Fla., in 2011. AP

Hank Williams Jr. will be back on Monday Night Football this fall.

The Tennessean reported Monday that the popular country star will revive his ‘All My Rowdy Friends’ intro to Monday Night Football — complete with his iconic phrase ‘are you ready for some football?’

Williams taped his new video in Nashville this past weekend.

The first broadcast this coming season will be Sept. 11 when the Minnesota Vikings play host to the New Orleans Saints.

“I hope there will be some happy people on Monday night again,” Williams told the Tennessean.

“It feels natural, fulfilling and satisfying at this point when you’ve kind of done it all.”

Williams first began leading off MNF broadcasts in 1989 but was pulled in 2011 following controversial comments on Fox News.

According to The Tennessean, Williams described a golf outing pairing President Barack Obama with then-Republican House Speaker John Boehner as: “It would be like Hitler playing golf with [Israeli leader] Benjamin Netanyahu.”

Williams then said Obama and Vice President Joe Biden “the enemy.”

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Musician Hank Williams Jr. waves the rally towel before the start of Game 3 of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup Finals between the Nashville Predators and the Pittsburgh Penguins Saturday, June 3, 2017, in Nashville. Mark Humphrey AP

ESPN says there may be some blowback to bringing Williams back, but they are big fans of the song.

“I think it’s a return to our past in that it’s such an iconic song associated with football,” Stephanie Druley, ESPN’s senior vice president of events and studio production, told the Tennessean.

“It was the original. It belongs to Monday Night Football. It really is about returning to what fans know. It’s a Monday night party and that’s what we’re all hoping to get back to.”

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