At Notre Dame, a Parents’ Day Match Might Call for a Pink Carpet

November 2nd, 2013

Joel Kowsky for The New York Occasions

Jon Bon Jovi was a founding proprietor of the Arena Soccer League’s Philadelphia Soul and has followed Notre Dame soccer for several years.

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — His father is a renowned rock band frontman, but his position on the Notre Dame football team is akin to that of a backup singer’s backup.

The tale of the walk-on Jesse Bongiovi is only tinged with superstar. His father is Jon Bon Jovi that part is unavoidable. But Bongiovi’s perspective on playing for the Battling Irish, who experience Navy at house on Saturday, is rooted in simpler items: a really like of the sport, creating his family very pleased and the humbling actuality endured by every nonscholarship football participant.

“A lot of us are by no means going to get on the field,” Bongiovi, a freshman cornerback, stated.

Bongiovi, like his wander-on brethren, has no difficulty toiling in a system and serving as a tackling dummy without any assure of actively playing in a sport. He could have taken a various route. People even questioned him, “Why did not you go be Jon Bon Jovi’s kid at Miami?” pondering what it would have been like to consider his celebrity position to a much more metropolitan scene with a lively night time lifestyle.

For him, the aspiration of actively playing for Notre Dame started in eighth grade, when he and his father watched from the sideline as a Charlie Weis-coached team lost to Pittsburgh. The final result did not make a difference he fell in enjoy with the campus.

On the roster, he is an addition to an unusual cadre of Irish players with identified fathers. Safety Austin Collinsworth’s father, Cris, is a previous Cincinnati Bengals Professional Bowl extensive receiver and an NBC Sunday night time football analyst. Extensive receiver DaVaris Daniels’s father, Phillip, played fourteen seasons in the N.F.L. and is the Washington Redskins’ director of player development. The former Oakland Raiders defensive back George Atkinson is the father of George, a operating 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 Corridor of Famer David Robinson.

Last month, Notre Dame even made a scholarship offer to Cordell Broadus, a son of the rapper Snoop Dogg.

The school soccer landscape is dotted with the offspring of athletics and entertainment famous people. Sons of the pro soccer Corridor of Famers Barry Sanders and Deion Sanders, the former baseball star Ken Griffey Jr. and the hip-hop mogul Sean Combs all have roster places on F.B.S. groups. What is uncommon is that a collection of such players matriculated at one campus.

Combating Irish Coach Brian Kelly stated high-profile dad and mom could make the recruiting procedure less complicated. “We’ll actively recruit a David Robinson’s son because that parent gets it,” he mentioned. “They know how important it is to go to a Notre Dame and get that diploma.”

David Robinson said that outside of the diploma, he saw an extra advantage in the energy of the Notre Dame alumni foundation.

“There’s just a tremendous benefit in getting part of that family members,” he said.

Previously this time, even though visiting Notre Dame, David Robinson took Corey and Jesse Bongiovi to a movie on a Friday night time. When Jon Bon Jovi’s tour handed through San Antonio in mid-October, David Robinson went to the AT&ampT Centre and viewed his fellow soccer father rule the stage.

At the second, although, the Notre Dame marching band plays the song of a single player’s father.

At some stage in the fourth quarter of each house recreation, the marching band strikes up the rock anthem “Livin’ on a Prayer.” The 10,000-in addition eco-friendly-shirted devoted in the college student part shower the field with the refrain “Whooah, we’re halfway there …”

Fairly unnoticed on the sideline at a current game, Bongiovi danced to the tune with a blend of head bobbing and shoulder shrugs. “People kind of expect me to be bothered by it,” he stated. “At the stop of the working day, it’s my dad’s music. It is kind of awesome to be a component of it and have that relation to him.”

Even though the band plays the song, a single of his teammates will inevitably shoot him a appear that states, Hey, they’re actively playing your dad’s song. As if he did not know.

“Yeah, they engage in it every match,” Bongiovi typically responds with a nod and smirk.

The complete episode makes him laugh: “How else are you heading to react about it? I couldn’t think about being upset about it. It is just a tune that they play.”

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