Peter Berg Talks 'Monday Night Football' and His NFL 'Man Crushes' (Video)
The filmmaker, who created a new intro for the ESPN staple, says the show has major "cultural significance," and the opening will reflect that.
Peter Berg is sharing more about his affection for ESPN's Monday Night Football in a video interview with the sports network.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news on Wednesday that Berg, the filmmaker behind Friday Night Lights, had been recruited to make the new MNF opening segment. The 90-second spot will feature 44 years of culture and football history in a montage including Darth Vader, Ronald Reagan and references to Pac-Man, Madonna and Titanic.
In an interview with ESPN, Berg, a lifelong football fan, talks about having developed "huge man crushes" on NFL legends Lawrence Taylor and John Riggins as a youngster watching MNF with his father.
"There really is cultural significance. If you look at the history of the show from the early '70s to now, all of the different things that have happened have been explored in Monday Night Football, whether it's John Lennon coming into the booth … whether it's 9/11 and how that was paid respect to," Berg says in the ESPN video.
He adds that his dream for the opening would be for a father and son watch the intro and have it spark a conversation about some of the cultural icons featured.
Berg was recruited to design a new MNF intro after ESPN decided to drop Hank Williams Jr.'s "Are You Ready for Some Football" opening after the singer compared President Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler in 2011.
Watch the video below.