Robert Griffin III isn’t in NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” opening

That's Carrie Underwood, not Faith Hill. (NBC Sports Group) That’s Carrie Underwood, not Faith Hill. (NBC Sports Group)


There’ll be a new performer and a new intro for NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” this fall and that means there’ll be a new backup crew of NFL players, too.

Thirteen players will be featured as Carrie Underwood sings “Waiting All Day for Sunday Night” and the list, supplied by NBC, is notable for who’s not on it.

There’s Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald, New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham, Detroit WR Calvin Johnson, Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck, New York Giants QB Eli Manning, Denver QB Peyton Manning, Green Bay linebacker Clay Matthews and QB Aaron Rodgers, Philadelphia running back LeSean McCoy, Baltimore LB Terrell Suggs, Dallas defensive end DeMarcus Ware, Houston DE J.J. Watt and San Francisco LB Patrick Willis in the opening, which debuts Sept. 8.

Luck, the Mannings, Matthews, Suggs and Watt actually participated in the studio shoot in late June.

There’s no mention of the Offensive Rookie of the Year, that guy from Washington. Robert Griffin III was highly coveted by NBC, but his schedule at the time of filming was unforgiving and jam-packed with pre-wedding plans and what-not, according to NBC. (Too bad. RGIII could use a little national exposure). Maybe NBC will find a way to squeeze him in, even though his big debut will come the next night on “Monday Night Football.”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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Cindy Boren · August 28, 2013