Bon Jovi Visits Patriots Camp

As two-a-days wind down, and the end of training camp approaches it's not uncommon to see a special visitor at Gillette Stadium watching the Patriots practice. On Monday one such visitor arrived, rocker Jon Bon Jovi. The normally stoic Bill Belichick had a hard time containing the excitement on his face during the his press conference.

FOXBORO - A famous visitor dropped by Patriots training camp Monday morning.

"We had a special guest at practice today," said New England Head Coach Bill Belichick during Monday's press conference. "That rock guy." Belichick, of course, was referring to rocker Jon Bon Jovi, who dropped in to practice to visit the three-time Super Bowl Champions.

Bon Jovi also came to visit a close friend. "It's good to have Jon around. He's a great friend … It lightens things up a bit around here."

Belichick said he met Bon Jovi while serving as the defensive coordinator of the Super Bowl XXV Champion New York Giants in 1991. "Jon is a huge Giants fan," he said. "He was at the Super Bowl in Tampa. As I've changed teams through the years, he's been to many practices."

Belichick said he has a lot in common with Bon Jovi, the owner of the Philadelphia Soul, an Arena League football team.

Rocker Jon Bon Jovi talks to Patriots lineman Matt Light during training camp in New England Aug 14, 2006 (Photo: Kevin Saleeba)

"He likes football and I like music," said Belichick with a sly grin. "We have some things in common." When they get together, Belichick said "he talks football and I talk music."

Bon Jovi, who did not speak to the press, took his own photos of the team during practice, and he was also seen waving at fans and talking to Patriots owner Robert Kraft, Patriots Vice President of Personnel Scott Pioli, Offensive guard Stephen Neal, and Offensive tackle Matt Light, among others.

When asked what his favorite Bon Jovi song was, Belichick said, "You're putting me on the spot. There are so many good songs." After a short pause, he then replied, "Living On A Prayer," with that same sly smile.

Rocker Jon Bon Jovi talks to Bill Belichick at Patriots Training camp August 14, 2006. (Photo Kevin Saleeba /

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