Posted by Sabrina B.Â @gametimegirl
The season finale ofÂ ESPNâ€™s Monday Night FootballÂ falls during the holiday so itâ€™s no surprise our production team was dreaming of a â€œWhiteâ€ Christmas in planning the open for this weekâ€™s Falcons-Saints game.
A Betty White Christmas, that is.
The legendary 89-year-old actress (pictured above) who stars in the TVLand sitcomÂ Hot in ClevelandÂ (Wednesday nights, 10 ET/9 CT) and the upcoming NBC showÂ Off Their RockersÂ is the star of next weekâ€™s holiday-themed open, which was shot yesterday in California.
ESPNâ€™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 â€” especially in the sports world after her memorable turn in thisÂ Super Bowl commercialÂ last year.
Mondayâ€™s open highlights the competing NFC South teams and their dueling quarterbacks,Â Drew BreesÂ andÂ Matt Ryan, not to mention Whiteâ€™s incredible comedic timing.
Tune in Monday at 8:30 p.m. ET to see the open and what should be one of the best games of theÂ MNFÂ season.