Before Super Bowl LII, country star Carrie Underwood debuted one of the most inspiring and motivational songs of the year. Titled “The Champion,” Underwood teamed up with rapper Ludacris to drop the chill-inducing anthem.
The two artists, alongside Brett James and Chris DeStefano, wrote the song, which was teased during halftime of an NFL playoff game in January. It was revealed that “The Champion” would be used for both Super Bowl LII and the Winter Olympics.
Since the release, Underwood has been sharing videos of fans dancing, working out, or just doing incredible things to the tune of “The Champion.”
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I love your dancing, Caroline! #CarolineStrong #TheChampion #Repost @sandy3boys ・・・ Today I got to do some dance and tumbling with this little superhero Caroline! She is beautiful, strong and a champion! Visit www.carolinestrong.com for updates on this little champion! @carrieunderwood #carolinestrong #thechampion #cutestcartwheelever – @mlantz05 (Thank you to @foolspajamas for putting the video together!) @epicdancevideos #epicdancevideos
Although all of these videos could have served as the music video, Underwood and Ludacris released the official one on Friday (March 12). Underwood appears in the recording studio laying down vocals as videos of inspiring sports moments, as well as other moments of perseverance and persistence.
Underwood makes a few appearances lifting weights, running, and singing with a children’s choir, while her husband, Mike Fisher and his NHL team, the Nashville Predators also make a few appearances.
Inspiring moments from NASCAR, youth soccer games, UFC, Motorcross, and Bethany Hamilton, the surfer who lost her arm in a shark attack, all are spotlighted in the video.
Yes, the song is sports anthem, but it is also so much more than that. It is a song about perseverance, which is why Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech, the march from Selma, the moon landing, clips from her journey from American Idol to super stardom, and many other people who embody “champions” are featured.
“The Champion” is Underwood’s first music video release since her fall in November 2017, which left her with a broken wrist and in need of 40-50 facial stitches. It is unknown whether or not she filmed this before the accident or not.
Watch the music video below and let us know what you think!