Said Daniels: "I've been watching Monday Night Football since it started and tobe a part of it kind of makes me feel proud. I had to watch the lyrics realclose because I've done those same 'Devil Went Down To Georgia' lyrics for 33years."
The original version of the song, released by Epic Records, spent 14 weeks onthe Hot Country Singles charts in 1979, peaking at No. 1.
Were excited to be in Atlanta this week for Peyton Manning and the Broncosfirst road game of the season, and to kick off the telecast with CharlieDaniels iconic song seemed like a perfect fit, said ESPNs MNF producer JayRothman. This is one of the fun things about having a new themed open eachweek. It gives us a blank canvas to be creative and incorporate athletes,celebrities, musicians and others depending on the storylines of the game. Wehope fans like it.
This is not the first time Daniels has appeared in a MNF open. The famedfiddler was part of the all-star band that was featured each week during ESPNsfirst MNF season in 2006.