The season finale of ESPN’s Monday Night Football falls during the holiday so it’s no surprise our production team was dreaming of a “White” Christmas in planning the open for this week’s Falcons-Saints game.
A Betty White Christmas, that is.
The legendary 89-year-old actress (pictured above) who stars in the TVLand sitcom Hot in Cleveland (Wednesday nights, 10 ET/9 CT) and the upcoming NBC show Off Their Rockers is the star of next week’s holiday-themed open, which was shot yesterday in California.
ESPN’s production team was looking to cast a warm grandmotherly type, and White was the perfect choice.
Everyone knows and loves Betty White. Her popularity spans all age groups and demographics — especially in the sports world after her memorable turn in this Super Bowl commercial last year.
Tune in Monday at 8:30 p.m. ET to see the open and what should be one of the best games of the MNF season.
p.s. If fans are wondering whether White is a football fan, she is . . . though her favorite sport is golf.