Jon Bon Jovi's son hits the football field for Notre Dame

Sep 6, 2013 at 4:56 p.m. ET

This musician's kid isn't following in his father's footsteps. Jon Bon Jovi's son is taking the athletic route, playing for Notre Dame's football team.


Fans of Jon Bon Jovi are going to be able to get a glimpse of the rock star at Notre Dame Stadium a lot this fall. He won't be singing for the crowds, though — he'll be watching his son play for the NCAA football team.

Bon Jovi's son Jesse Bongiovi is a walk-on player this year. The 18-year-old college freshman played for his high-school squad at Brooklyn Poly Prep High School, but making the roster as a cornerback for the esteemed collegiate team is a big deal.

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Notre Dame's head coach Brian Kelly told Yahoo! Sports in early August, "Jesse has earned his spot on the 105[-man roster]. He's a tough kid. The kids really like him. They respect him. They don't look at him as a rock star's son. They look at him as a kid that loves Notre Dame and wants to play football and help this team."

Bongiovi will be sporting No. 34 on his jersey all season long. While the freshman didn't hit the field for the team's opening game last Saturday against Temple University, his proud dad was in the stands to support the team wearing his Notre Dame baseball cap. The Fighting Irish easily walked away with a 28-6 victory over their opponents.

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The team is currently ranked 13th in the college Coaches Poll and 14th in the AP Media Poll. They have a big game this weekend against the University of Michigan.

While the rocker's son might not see playing time again this weekend, perhaps he can convince his dad to sing during halftime? Sometimes there are perks for the team when your dad's a famous musician.

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