Monday Night Football is more than just a football game; it’s a mainstay of modern day pop culture.
For three-plus hours every Monday night, the entire sports world turns on their TV and watches the final game of the week. Each and every Charger player has a special memory of watching the game growing up, whether it be spent watching with their old man or hanging out with friends. That’s what makes playing in it so special.
“You grew up watching Monday Night Football,” said
“When I’m out there and they play that song or do the little intro, it gets my heart pumping and my adrenaline going,” he said. “I remember being younger watching the game every week, so it makes it special to be able to be a part of it.”
The players relish the opportunity to play in front of the entire country. All eyes are on them, and they want to make sure they put on a show for the entire football world.
“Everybody’s watching,” said
This week’s game is extra special as it is a key division game against the rival Denver Broncos.
“It adds to the excitement,” said Rivers. “It being a division game is what makes it most intense, and the fact it is on Monday night adds to it. But this is a key game for us against a good division team, so it will be exciting.”
Despite the hoopla that surrounds a Monday Night Football game, the Chargers know they’ve got to keep their emotions in check. Once that whistle blows, they will play like it is a regular Sunday game and tune out the ambient hype that surrounds them.
“When you’re in the game, you’re aware of all the stuff going on in primetime, but you try to block it out,” said