“I was the mascot” of Bill Bellichick and the New England Patriots


Jon Bon Jovi is a football fan. He tried to buy the Buffalo Bills. Specifically, he is a fan of the New England Patriots. You can often see him sitting in the stands at home and away, or talking in sports on the team. New York radio star Howard Stern only had to support Bon Jovi, a native of New Jersey, to support the team in another city. Stern had former Patriots quarterback Tom Brady on his April 8 broadcast.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick and Jon Bon Jovi
L-R: Bill Belichick and Jon Bon Jovi | Patrick Smith / Getty Images

Bon Jovi called The Howard Stern Show from his New Jersey home while Stern produced his show remotely. When Stern pressed him onto his Patriot fandom, Bon Jovi shared his story with the team and his coach, Bill Belichick.

Jon Bon Jovi followed Bill Belichick and Bill Parcells after the New York Giants

Bon Jovi befriended Belichick when he was assistant coach of the New York Giants. As Belichick progressed in the NFL, Bon Jovi followed him.

Jon Bon Jovi
Jon Bon Jovi | Max Mumby / Indigo / Getty Images

Belichick and I have been very good friends for over 30 years in the late 1980s. He was just an assistant in the mid-1980s and we became friends. Wherever he and Parcells went, I became the mascot. So when they left the Giants and they went to Dallas for Parcells and Cleveland for Belichick and Notre Dame for Charlie Weis, I was the mascot. Wherever these guys went, I would go visit and be friends with everyone.

Jon Bon Jovi on The Howard Stern Show, 15/04/2020

The longer Bill Belichick and Bill Parcells coached the New England Patriots, the closer Jon Bon Jovi became

Parcells coached the New England Patriots from 1993 to 1996. Belichick then coached the Pats from 2000.

Jon Bon Jovi performs in Düsseldorf
Jon Bon Jovi | Henning Kaiser / photo alliance via Getty Images

“I became a very big fan of the Patriots for many years because my guys were there,” said Bon Jovi. “Parcells was there, Belichick was there. Then I became close to [Patriots owner] Mr. [Robert] Kraft. I’ve been a fan there for so long that Brady was the backup quarterback when I was a fan. In 1996, I was with them in New Orleans when they lost this Super Bowl. “

He still hangs out with the Patriots.

“I go to camp every year,” said Bon Jovi. “I’m lucky to be the waterboy every year and get into these conversations with them. “

Bill Belichick gave Jon Bon Jovi a souvenir from the New England Patriots

Stern noticed a Belichick sweatshirt on the wall behind Bon Jovi. The singer explained his memory.

“I have some really cool, unique and crazy ass stuff,” said Bon Jovi. “I am not a collector of souvenirs. I don’t do that, but it was a Christmas present that my wife had framed and Bill was a monumental victory. He had beaten the Jets very easily and it was a monumental victory in his career, so he gave it to me as a souvenir. “

Jon Bon Jovi
Jon Bon Jovi | Denise Truscello / WireImage

Bon Jovi joked that he had returned the favor with his rock n ’roll wardrobe.

“He has all of my 1980s bangs, a leather jacket, some of those tight leather pants,” said Bon Jovi.

Jon Bon Jovi on Tom Brady in Tampa and the New England Patriots without him

Brady signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Belichick faces his first season without him. Bon Jovi is confident that the two will succeed.

“They’re both going to do great things, that’s what’s going to happen,” said Bon Jovi. “Bill is Bill. He is what he is as a man and as a coach. He’s the best in the game. Tom was a quarter of his life with an unparalleled work ethic, so they’re both going to do a good job. It was a unique marriage in life and Tom is going to do good because no one’s work ethic is greater than his. Bill will do a lot because he is a genius. “

Bon Jovi also suggested that fans would expect something different from both Brady and Belichick.

“It’s also one and one made three,” said Bon Jovi. “John Lennon and Paul McCartney were the Beatles together. Keith and Mick were the Stones. Belichick and Brady were that one in a billion combination, and so was Mr. Kraft. Without a large property, you wouldn’t have the reign to do what you do. It’s really a troika. It’s really true. “

Patriots owner Bob Kraft with Jon Bon Jovi
L-R: Jonathan Kraft, Jon Bon Jovi and Bob Kraft | Rich Graessle / Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Bon Jovi said the next NFL season will answer some philosophical questions.

“My question about chicken and eggs was The Patriot Way. Does it start with Mr. Kraft or Belichick because the question that comes and goes is who allows whom to do what for The Patriot Way to exist? This is a philosophical question that I have had to ask for more than 20 years. “


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