Carrie Underwood is back for a seventh season as the singer of NBC's Sunday Night Football theme, and this time she's joined by a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer. Guitarist and singer Joan Jett teams with Underwood for the return of "Waiting All Day for Sunday Night," a nod to Jett's sound-alike standard "I Hate Myself For Loving You."
"I will use any excuse I can get to work with Joan Jett," Underwood says in the video. "I just hope I can keep up."
During Underwood's stint with Sunday Night Football, the song choice has changed twice. From 2016 to 2017, Underwood sang a revision of her Miranda Lambert duet "Somethin' Bad" titled "Oh, Sunday Night." Last year, the short-lived "Game On" became the theme song.
A recent lawsuit from the writers of an earlier song titled "Game On" may have cut its run in the big time short. However, Sunday Night Football Executive Producer Frank Gaudelli told the Associated Press that the return of "Waiting All Day for Sunday Night" celebrates a major milestone for the NFL.
"It is a perfect way to celebrate the league's 100th season by going back to the beginning," Gaudelli said. "It is a perfect way to evolve and celebrate the song."
Underwood and Jett's musical number was filmed in Atlanta at Mercedes Benz Stadium. As usual, the footage will incorporate star players, with the teaser spoiling the involvement of Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes and Chicago Bears linebacker Khalil Mack.
Sunday Night Football returns Sept. 8 when the Pittsburgh Steelers visit the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.