Inside the NFL’s most iconic theme songs
This jingle (although it really deserves a more muscular name. Jongle?) has it all: heavy brass, heavy percussion, and an opening fit for running into war. If it reminds you of a superhero tune, that’s by design. In 1994, then-Fox Sports president David Hill wanted a new NFL theme, and got an earworm while waiting for a Batman ride at a California theme park. When the network tapped Schreer, he was told the vibe was “Batman on steroids.”
NBC Sunday Night Football (“Wide Receiver”)
Composed by John Williams, 2006
Yes, THE John Williams. Who else could it be? The heavy drumbeats, the lusty trombone, it’s basically “Star Wars” for football fans. The film composer of all film composers had already produced music for NBC programming when he was tapped by the network in 2006 for a new Sunday Night Football theme. Unsurprisingly, they were pretty thrilled with the result.
NFL on CBS (“Posthumus Zone”)
Composed by E.S. Posthumus, 2003
NFL Network’s Thursday Night Football (“Run to the Playoffs”)
Composed by David Robidoux, 2006
The element that sets this theme apart is the use of tubular bells, giving the piece a very “Carol of the Bells” via Mannheim Steamroller feel.
Monday Night Football on ESPN/ABC (“Heavy Action”)
Composed by Johnny Pearson, circa 1974