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Iconic songs and Monday Night Football go hand in hand.  I mean, for how many decades did Hank Williams Jr.’s “All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight” open each game?  Last night, we were getting supper together and had the television on, ready for Monday Night Football’s match-up here in the Queen City between The New Orleans Saints and our Carolina Panthers.  The game hadn’t started yet, so I wasn’t really paying attention.  Then, I heard something familiar, yet not familiar.

If I was to list my top 100 favorite songs of all-time, any genre, Phil Collins’ “In The Air Tonight” would no doubt make the list.  It is haunting, foreboding, implies with its lyrics that violence is a distinct possibility, and has that iconic drum cadence.

So, the music was familiar.  The lyrics too.  But that wasn’t Phil Collins coming out the speakers.  There are very few times that a cover version of a song lives up to, much less surpasses the original.  That being said, Chris Stapleton absolutely CRUSHES “In The Air Tonight.”  It is the new opening for Monday Night Football.  And coming before the Panthers’ game last night, it totally fired me up.

6 Former Carolina Panthers Nominated For Pro Football Hall Of Fame

Six players who spent time with the Carolina Panthers could be going to Canton, Ohio. WCNC-TV reports that the former Panthers are on a list of 129 players who have been nominated for enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2023.

The list is comprised of modern-era players who have played within the last 25 NFL seasons, so you shouldn’t have any trouble remembering the former Panthers pictured below. Most of them played on the team that went to Super Bowl XXXVIII, including WR Steve Smith Sr., QB Jake Delhomme, WR Muhsin Muhammad, K John Kasay, and OT Jordan Gross. CB Charles “Peanut” Tillman only played one season with the Panthers, but it was during their second Super Bowl run in 2015. He spent most of his career with the Chicago Bears.

  • Steve Smith Sr.

    Steve Smith 2004

    Wide receiver Steve Smith #89 of the Carolina Panthers runs with the ball during the NFC Divisional Playoff game against the St. Louis Rams on January 10, 2004 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri. The Panthers defeated the Rams 29-23 to advance to the NFC Championship Game. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

  • Jake Delhomme

    Atlanta Falcons v Carolina Panthers

    Quarterback Jake Delhomme #17 of the Carolina Panthers passes the ball during the game against the Atlanta Falcons at Bank of America Stadium on November 15, 2009 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

  • Muhsin Muhammad

    Carolina Panthers v San Francisco 49ers

    Muhsin Muhammad #87 of the Carolina Panthers catches a touchdown pass to make the score 37-27 against Dwaine Carpenter #35 of the San Francisco 49ers at Monster Park on November 14, 2004 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

  • John Kasay

    Carolina Panthers vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers - December 26, 2004

    Carolina Panthers kicker John Kasay follows through on an extra point against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Dec. 26, 2004 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. The Panthers defeated the Bucs 37 to 20. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

  • Jordan Gross

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Carolina Panthers

    Jordan Gross #69 of the Carolina Panthers during their game at Bank of America Stadium on December 1, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

  • Charles Tillman

    New England Patriots v Carolina Panthers

    Charles Tillman #31 of the Carolina Panthers intercepts a pass from Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots during their preseason NFL game at Bank of America Stadium on August 28, 2015 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

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