It sounds like Bill Belichick might have a little competition for BFF rights with Jon Bon Jovi, the rocker, actor, former arena football team owner, and prospective Buffalo Bills owner.
Jerry Jones, the Dallas Cowboys owner and president, recently called Bon Jovi a “great friend” and sang his praises, describing Bon Jovi as fit to be an NFL owner.
Bon Jovi’s interest in the Bills was just speculation until the 95-year-old previous owner Ralph Wilson died on March 25. Soon after, the Toronto Sun reported Bon Jovi, 52, was teaming up with a group to buy the Buffalo team.
“Jon Bon Jovi is first class,” Jones told USA Today. “I don’t know of anyone that I have any more respect for as a father, or as a husband, or certainly as a potential business partner.”
Bon Jovi has been cultivating his NFL ownership chops for years, and his bromance with Patriots coach Bill Belichick is no secret. Bon Jovi has been Belichick’s guest at Gillette; Coach Hoodie was the inspiration behind Bon Jovi track “Bounce” with lyrics like: “I play hard, I play to win / Count me out, count me in / I’ll be bouncing back again.”
Jones pointed out that Bon Jovi’s name recognition would be good for the game.
“We always ought to be looking for ways to improve not only the growing of the pie, but also growing the fan base,” Jones said, according to ESPN. “And to the extent that you can involve more fans in any team location is something to be considered.”
The high praise also can’t hurt Jones’ cause if the 71-year-old is hoping for immortality of his own in the form of a Bon Jovi tune. Or at least a shout out the next time the band sings: “I’m a cowboy, on a steel horse I ride…”