Credit: Brad Gregg


“I am thrilled to be a part of NBC’s Sunday Night Football and
am so honored they asked me,” Underwood said via news release. “I have
always loved football season, and it is so exciting to now become part
of it every Sunday night!”

Underwood, a candidate for the gig back when
Hill was selected in 2006, long has been associated with sporting events
in some fashion.

In addition to marrying a pro hockey player (Mike
Fisher of the Nashville Predators) and singing the national anthem at
the 2010 Super Bowl, she had a well-documented relationship with Tony
Romo, whose Dallas Cow- boys will appear on the program — fittingly — in
their first game of the season in what is likely to be a big
distraction for the easily flustered quarterback.

But this new role marks a new level of sports stardom for the country music megastar. Nielson ratings show SNF was America’s most-watched television broadcast during the 2011-12 season, just edging out American Idol — the show on which Underwood launched her career eight years ago.

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