At Notre Dame, a Parents’ Day Game May well Demand a Pink Carpet

November 15th, 2013

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Jesse Bongiovi, best still left, is a wander-on cornerback for the Preventing Irish, and is the son of Jon Bon Jovi, right. Extensive receiver Corey Robinson, bottom still left, is the son of the pro basketball Hall of Famer David Robinson, proper.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — At some position in the fourth quarter of residence games, the Notre Dame marching band performs “Livin’ on a Prayer,” an ’80s rock anthem by Bon Jovi. The ten,000-in addition inexperienced-shirted trustworthy in the scholar segment sing together with the refrain: “Whoa, we’re halfway there. …”

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Austin Collinsworth, base, making a tackle. Mentor Brian Kelly mentioned recruiting could be simpler with substantial-profile dad and mom.

The tune has been performed by the band for a long time, but this time it has taken on a new lifestyle simply because Bon Jovi is one of their personal — form of. The wander-on freshman cornerback Jesse Bongiovi is the son of Jon Bon Jovi, the group’s frontman.

“Yeah, they play it each sport,” Bongiovi responds to his teammates when they seem his way during the fourth-quarter performance.

Many of his teammates can relate. The Notre Dame roster this time is unusually full of players with renowned fathers.

Protection Austin Collinsworth’s father, Cris, is a previous Cincinnati Bengals Professional Bowl broad receiver and a Sunday night time soccer analyst for NBC. Broad receiver DaVaris Daniels’s father, Phillip, performed fourteen seasons in the N.F.L. and is the Washington Redskins’ director of participant improvement. The previous Oakland Raiders defensive back again George Atkinson is the father of George, a running back again, and Josh, a cornerback. A son of Detroit Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter, Torii Jr., plays extensive receiver, as does Corey Robinson, a son of the professional basketball Hall of Famer David Robinson.

Previous month, Notre Dame even manufactured a scholarship supply to Cordell Broadus, a son of the rapper Snoop Dogg.

The college football landscape is dotted with the offspring of sports activities and amusement famous people. Sons of the pro soccer Hall of Famers Barry Sanders and Deion Sanders, the former baseball star Ken Griffey Jr. and the hip-hop mogul Sean Combs all have roster spots on F.B.S. teams. What is unusual is that a assortment of this sort of gamers matriculated at one particular campus.

Battling Irish Coach Brian Kelly mentioned substantial-profile mother and father could make the recruiting method simpler. “We’ll actively recruit a David Robinson’s son because that mother or father gets it,” he said. “They know how crucial it is to go to a Notre Dame and get that diploma.”

David Robinson mentioned that outside of the diploma, he observed an added gain in the energy of the Notre Dame alumni base.

“There’s just a tremendous price in becoming part of that family,” he mentioned.

Before this season, whilst checking out Notre Dame, David Robinson took his son and Jesse Bongiovi to a motion picture on a Friday evening. When Jon Bon Jovi’s tour passed by way of San Antonio in mid-October, David Robinson went to the AT&ampT Centre and viewed his fellow football father rule the stage.

At the moment, even though, the Notre Dame marching band plays the tune of one player’s father.

Relatively unnoticed on the sideline at a current recreation, Bongiovi danced to the tune with a combination of head bobbing and shoulder shrugs. “People type of anticipate me to be bothered by it,” he said. “At the finish of the day, it is my dad’s song. It is kind of amazing to be a part of it and have that relation to him.”

Bongiovi’s expertise as a member of the Preventing Irish, who face Navy at residence on Saturday, is only tinged with celeb, although. He faces the same humbling fact endured by each and every nonscholarship soccer player: “A great deal of us are by no means heading to get on the subject,” he said.

But Bongiovi has no issue toiling in a program and serving as a tackling dummy without having any promise of enjoying in a sport. He could have taken a various route. Folks even asked him, “Why didn’t you go be Jon Bon Jovi’s child at Miami?” — pondering what it would have been like to consider his celeb status to a far more metropolitan scene with a lively evening existence.

But for him, the idea of taking part in for Notre Dame commenced in eighth grade, when he and his father viewed from the sideline as a Charlie Weis-coached staff misplaced to Pittsburgh. The result did not make a difference he fell in really like with the campus.

When his mom, Dorothea, raised issues about Bongiovi, a New Jersey indigenous who was on the football crew at Poly Prep in Brooklyn, enjoying at the main-college amount, Bongiovi explained he could not picture Saturdays without having suiting up.

Bongiovi took guitar lessons for about 3 months in his teenage several years, but audio is not his factor. Sure, his father has toured the entire world multiple moments and sold tens of millions of records, but Bongiovi was reared on football. When he talks about the activity, his eyes widen and a smile spreads across his encounter. He speaks fondly of enjoying Pop Warner for the River Plaza-Lincroft Chargers, with his paternal grandfather attending every single sport and practice.

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