'Devil Went Down to Georgia' on MNF

September, 13, 2012
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The "Monday Night Football" opening will feature an old song with new words.

The Charlie Daniels Band will perform “The Devil Went Down to Georgia," just before the game between the Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos. The song originally came out in 1979.

The music will be the same, but the words will be different. I haven’t been given a preview of the new song, but it reportedly will contain plenty of references to Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan and Denver quarterback Peyton Manning.

“I’ve been watching 'Monday Night Football' since it started and to be a part of it kind of makes me feel proud,’’ Daniels said. “I had to watch the lyrics real close because I’ve done those same 'Devil Went Down To Georgia' lyrics for 33 years.”

This is not the first time Daniels has appeared on "Monday Night Football." The fiddler was part of an all-star band featured each week during MNF’s first season (2006) on ESPN.

Pat Yasinskas | email

ESPN Tampa Bay Buccaneers reporter

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