Jon Bon Jovi’s affection for Notre Dame was cemented when fellow New Jersey native Charlie Weis landed the head coaching job in South Bend, but its foundations were built before that, he’s remained a fan even after Weis’ tenure and will likely be an even bigger supporter moving forward.
“He was friends with Charlie Weis, but it’s such a historic team and school that he was just fan here his whole life,” the rocker’s son, Jesse Bongiovi said.
Bongiovi was in South Bend this weekend for the spring game, probably the last one for a while that he won’t be participating in. The former Poly Prep Country Day (Brooklyn) football and lacrosse standout plans to walk on to the Irish’s football squad as a freshman in the fall.
“I came up here when I was in eighth grade and I just fell in love with the place,” Bongiovi said. “The culture here, the people here, the opportunities here, they’re unreal. They’re second to none. Given the opportunity to walk on to the team and become a part of this family was an easy decision for me.”