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ESPN SYNC: Schefter, Rutledge, Riddick Review Their Voices In New ‘Sing-Along’ NFL Spot

Celine Dion beats them by a few octaves, but these three ESPN NFL commentators - and some NFL stars - give it their best shots in renditions of her classic "It's All Coming Back To Me"

When ESPN heralded the highly anticipated return of the NFL on ESPN last week with creative featuring Celine Dion’s classic ballad, “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now,” it perfectly captured the mood of a nation.

ESPN talent, NFL fans, players, and coaches were joined by characters from across the Disney universe, all singing to the 90’s classic – including ESPN NFL commentators Louis Riddick, Laura Rutledge, and Adam Schefter. With the release of a new sing-along version of the spot today (see sidebar with video below), they shared their thoughts about channeling their inner-Celines.

What was the experience of recording the lip-sync like?
Schefter: Very 2020. Did it in my office, by myself, in quarantine. Was very concerned that I wouldn’t remember the lines or be able to hit the notes . . . When all was said and done, I didn’t remember the lines and couldn’t hit the notes.
Rutledge: As someone who thought I was a lip-syncing expert, this filming proved otherwise. It was so much fun, however, and I will never forget the words to this song now.
Riddick: I didn’t realize how much my voice changed. I suck at singing now, but I still do it anyway!

Were you familiar with the song and lyrics before this?
Schefter: Actually was. It’s a classic, no matter how much I tried to destroy it.
Riddick: Yes I was familiar with the song, but didn’t know the exact words … like most people.

How many takes did you do?
Schefter: Did each of the lines a few times. I knew this was not something that I could or would be a one and done.
Rutledge: Pretty sure I did 18 takes!
Riddick: More takes than I thought I would have to. But I guess that’s because I was terrible.

(L-R) Adam Schefter, Laura Rutledge and Louis Riddick bring down the house.

MOVE OVER, HAMILTON: A GALAXY OF NFL STARS SHOW THEIR MUSICAL CHOPS
IN NEW ESPN SPOTS

An all-star lineup of various ESPN commentators, NFL players and super fans – including Grammy Award-winning producer DJ Khaled – are featured in a new lip sync cut of ESPN’s “Ready for Football” creative with their renditions of “It’s All Coming Back To Me Now.”

NFL PLAYERS

Calais Campbell
Randall Cobb
Landon Collins
Shaquem Griffin
Shaquill Griffin
Derrick Henry
Hunter Henry
OJ Howard
Marlon Humphrey
Cam Jordan
LeSean McCoy
DK Metcalf
Gardner Minshew
Adrian Peterson
Kyle Rudolph

ESPN

Louis Riddick
Laura Rutledge
Adam Schefter

CELEBRITY

DJ Khaled

SUPERFANS

Tundra Man
Bird Lady
Sam Gordon
Soul Saint
Sista Soul

– Kristie Adler

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew, one of the NFL stars featured in the spot, feels the song’s passion.
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