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Dozens of extras were hired to be the background fans in Thursday's promo shoot. Wearing jerseys of NFL stars like Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, among others, they ranged in age from children to seniors.
Toms said it isn't lost on anyone involved with the production of the show that the sight of Williams in front of the cameras wearing his black and white cowboy hat enlivens their football spirit.
"I think the line 'Are you ready for some football' means a more this year than it has in a lot of years," Toms said. "And when he says 'Are you ready for some football?' I think a lot of people are ready to stop the business discussion, and start talking about teams, games, talent and get into the fun part about football and the part we all love about it.
"I know we're excited about it...and we'll keep our fingers crossed that it'll all be worked out and we'll be on the air soon enough."
No matter when the next Monday night game is broadcast, Williams said he will be watching from the comfort of his couch at one of his homes -- in Montana, Alabama and Florida. He said he plans to keep enjoying his job, for as long as he has it.
"I don't run to the TV anymore, I just wait for one of my kids to say, 'Daddy, you're on!'" Williams said. "The people I've worked with over the years, they know where I'm coming from, and it's been a wonderful ride. And hopefully it's been very good for the game."
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