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Cee Lo Green crafting NFL Thursday Night Football anthem
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Cee Lo Green's about to shake up the NFL.
Green is taking over the NFL Network's "Thursday Night Football" intro, and in typical fashion for the flamboyant rapper-singer he's putting his own spin on things. Rather than the traditional artist-centered pre-taped opener, the NFL and Green are inviting fans to submit videos of themselves singing along to the chorus of a song based on The Ramones' "Blitzkrieg Bop."
"I think this brings a splash of color to a, you know, bland and black-and-white backdrop," Green said. "And make it colorful and make it fun and make it young. Make it exciting and highly enthusiastic, you know what I'm saying?"
Beginning with the Sept. 13 "Thursday Night Football" season opener between the Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears, fans of each team can submit videos of themselves singing along to the chorus of the new song, "I Love Football." Green said the crowd-sourcing feature of the "Fanthem" helps make the intro exciting and young. It's designed to help the league's effort to increase its social media presence.
Green says he hopes his association with the NFL will coincide with a Super Bowl season for his hometown Atlanta Falcons. "I'm a definitely a Dirty Bird, man, to the death of me," Green said.
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