What's not to love about Monday Night Football

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Monday Night Football began in the 1970s when having a prime time game was such a novel idea, finding a network to air it was almost difficult. Since then it's grown into the standard for prime time games, games that are watched near and far.

The Steelers prepare for the week 5 contest against the San Diego Chargers.

And among those who have watched Monday Night Football through the years are the players in the Steelers locker room, all who are thrilled to be a part of it.

Cornerback William Gay:
"It's a classic because you never had Thursday Night Football as a kid. Everybody knew about Monday night, come home from school and get ready to watch. You always get up for those Monday night games because it goes way back to when you were a kid."

Quarterback Mike Vick:
"Monday Night Football is tradition. It's what I grew up watching. It's what everyone in that locker room wanted to play in the NFL to do, play on Monday Night Football. I have had my share of playing in 12 or 13 of them and I enjoy every one of them."

Center Doug Legursky:
"Any time a Monday night game comes on the schedule everybody puts a mark on it and knows it's going to be a huge game no matter what the matchup is. We are so excited to have so many prime time games, but Monday Night Football is even that much better."

Running back DeAngelo Williams:
"Having an opportunity to play in a prime time game, whether it be Thursday, Sunday or Monday is great. But to play on the granddaddy of them all, Monday Night Football, is special. It's the first day of the work week and everyone wants to come home and watch the game. To come out strong and bounce back from our loss on Thursday night would be perfect."

Safety Mike Mitchell:
"That is the pinnacle. Besides playoffs and Super Bowl games, that is the biggest it gets. You are the only game that day. Anyone that remotely likes football is watching. It's a game as a kid you always wanted to play in. I think that is why everyone gets so excited."

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