FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, August 26th, 2019
THIRTEEN NFL PLAYERS JOIN CARRIE UNDERWOOD IN NEW NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SHOW OPEN – SNEAK PREVIEW AVAILABLE NOW
Joan Jett – Whose “I Hate Myself for Loving You” Was the Basis for Original SNF Open Music – Appears with Underwood for First Time in NBC SNF Show Open
New Sunday Night Football Show Open Premieres on Sun., Sept. 8 Patriots-Steelers SNF Opener
2018 NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes Takes Part in Open Alongside Kirk Cousins, Fletcher Cox, Zach Ertz, Kyle Fuller, Jared Goff, Julio Jones, Khalil Mack, Baker Mayfield, Dak Prescott, Mitch Trubisky, Carson Wentz & Russell Wilson
STAMFORD, Conn. – August 26, 2019 – In less than two weeks on Sunday, Sept. 8, seven-time Grammy Award-winner and multi-platinum recording artist Carrie Underwood and NFL players star in the debut of the 2019 show open for NBC’s Sunday Night Football, primetime television’s No. 1 program for an unprecedented eight consecutive years
Underwood, who stars in the NBC SNF show open for the seventh consecutive year, welcomes Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Joan Jett, who makes an appearance during Underwood’s performance.
Thirteen NFL players, who have accounted for 31 Pro Bowl selections (including 10 2018 Pro Bowlers), four Super Bowl rings, and nine first-round draft picks, are in the show open. Following is the complete list:
- Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones
- Chicago Bears DB Kyle Fuller
- Chicago Bears LB Khalil Mack
- Chicago Bears QB Mitch Trubisky
- Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield
- Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott
- Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes
- Los Angeles Rams QB Jared Goff
- Minnesota Vikings QB Kirk Cousins
- Philadelphia Eagles QB Carson Wentz
- Philadelphia TE Zach Ertz
- Philadelphia Eagles DT Fletcher Cox
- Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson
Tripp Dixon is creative director of the SNF show open.
For the first time in the series’ 14 seasons, the SNF show open was filmed inside an NFL stadium, with Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home of the Atlanta Falcons, serving as the “stage.”
Pepsi is the sponsor of the SNF open and will be integrated on-air each week.
NBC’S SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL IS PRIMETIME TELEVISION’S NO. 1 SHOW FOR RECORD EIGHT CONSECUTIVE YEARS: NBC’s Sunday Night Football finished the 2018-19 TV season as primetime’s #1 TV show in all key metrics for an unprecedented eighth consecutive year – adding to its record for the most consecutive years atop the charts (since 1950), based on official live plus same day data provided by Nielsen. Sunday Night Football also ranked as the No. 1 show in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic for the ninth consecutive TV season. In addition, in May at the Sports Emmy Awards for excellence in sports television production, Sunday Night Football became the first show ever to win 10 Sports Emmys in the Outstanding Live Sports Series category. SNF has earned the honor in 10 of the past 11 years.
About Carrie Underwood: Carrie Underwood emerged from the promise of her 2005 American Idol win to become a true multi-format, multi-media superstar, spanning achievements in music, television, and film. A seven-time GRAMMY® Award winner, she has sold 64 million records worldwide and recorded 26 #1 singles, 13 of which she co-wrote. Last Fall, she released the gold-certified studio album Cry Pretty, her first on Capitol Records Nashville, marking the first time she has co-produced her own album. The title track and lead single, co-produced and co-written by Carrie, topped the iTunes Top Songs charts in 12 countries. In 2018, she also released the hit event anthem she co-wrote, “The Champion” featuring Ludacris, which opened NBC’s Super Bowl LII and was incorporated into the network’s coverage of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games and has been certified Platinum by the RIAA. In 2013, Carrie starred as Maria von Trapp in NBC’s three-hour holiday blockbuster, the Emmy®-winning The Sound of Music Live!, whose airings attracted 44 million viewers. She is lead designer for her fitness and lifestyle brand, CALIA by Carrie Underwood, which launched in 2015 and is exclusively available at DICK’S Sporting Goods nationwide and online at www.caliastudio.com. In 2018, Carrie celebrated her 10th anniversary as a proud member of the Grand Ole Opry and this year, she will host the CMA Awards for the 12th consecutive year. She returns this Fall for her seventh season as the voice of primetime television’s #1 program, NBC’s Sunday Night Football.
About Joan Jett: Joan Jett is an originator, an innovator, and a visionary. As the leader of the hard-rocking Blackhearts, with whom she has become a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, she’s had eight platinum and gold albums and nine Top 40 singles, including the classics “Bad Reputation,” “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll,” “I Hate Myself For Loving You,” and “Crimson and Clover.” Her independent record label, Blackheart, was founded in 1980 after she was rejected by no less than 23 labels. Blackheart is one of the longest running indie labels and continues to give voice to new bands. As a producer, she has overseen albums by Bikini Kill, Circus Lupus, as well as the Germs’ LA punk masterpiece, GI. Jett’s music has become a permanent force in mainstream culture. Jett and the Blackhearts continue touring the globe with headline shows alongside fellow rock icons like The Who, Green Day and the Foo Fighters. Additionally, Jett has acted and appeared in movies & television, including the film Light Of Day. Jett was also able to see her story told in The Runaways, the film based on (lead singer of The Runaways) Cherie Currie’s book Neon Angel, starring Kristen Stewart as Jett, and Dakota Fanning as Currie. Jett was close to the project, serving as executive producer. “Bad Reputation”, a documentary about Jett’s life premiered to critical acclaim at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. The film continues to receive praise and accolades and is available on all streaming platforms.
2019 NBC SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
|Thurs. Sept. 5||NFL Kickoff||Green Bay Packers at Chicago Bears|
|Sun. Sept. 8||Week 1||Pittsburgh Steelers at New England Patriots|
|Sun. Sept. 15||Week 2||Philadelphia Eagles at Atlanta Falcons|
|Sun. Sept. 22||Week 3||Los Angeles Rams at Cleveland Browns|
|Sun. Sept. 29||Week 4||Dallas Cowboys at New Orleans Saints|
|*Sun. Oct. 6||Week 5||Indianapolis Colts at Kansas City Chiefs|
|*Sun. Oct. 13||Week 6||Pittsburgh Steelers at Los Angeles Chargers|
|*Sun. Oct. 20||Week 7||Philadelphia Eagles at Dallas Cowboys|
|*Sun. Oct. 27||Week 8||Green Bay Packers at Kansas City Chiefs|
|*Sun. Nov. 3||Week 9||New England Patriots at Baltimore Ravens|
|*Sun. Nov. 10||Week 10||Minnesota Vikings at Dallas Cowboys|
|*Sun. Nov. 17||Week 11||Chicago Bears at Los Angeles Rams|
|*Sun. Nov. 24||Week 12||Seattle Seahawks at Philadelphia Eagles|
|**Thurs. Nov. 28||Week 13||New Orleans Saints at Atlanta Falcons|
|*Sun. Dec. 1||Week 13||New England Patriots at Houston Texans|
|*Sun. Dec. 8||Week 14||Seattle Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams|
|*Sun. Dec. 15||Week 15||Minnesota Vikings at Los Angeles Chargers|
|*Sun. Dec. 22||Week 16||Kansas City Chiefs at Chicago Bears|
|*Sun. Dec. 29||Week 17||TBD|
** Thanksgiving Night Game