ESPN published an oral history of Bill Belichick today. It’s full of great nuggets about his quirks, perfectionism and calling Matt Cassel a dumbass, but the most important detail is clearly this bit about Bill Belichick’s love of Jon Bon Jovi. Via ESPN:
Rick Venturi: “He has a very dry, cynical sense of humor. A couple of times we’d hit the parking lot at the same time in the morning, and on the way into the facility he’d comment on The Howard Stern Show. ‘Was that hilarious or what?’ he’d say. He’s a real closet rock ‘n’ roll nut. He traveled with the Rolling Stones for a few weeks through Europe one summer. Bon Jovi used to come to Cleveland and catch passes in practice. He had a suite in Cleveland and we all went to Pink Floyd together as a group. I didn’t see him with his lighter out, but it wouldn’t surprise me if I did.”
Rosevelt Colvin: “Bill knew what was going on with everything at every moment. Unless Bon Jovi was there. Then he couldn’t care less what was going on.”
The only person who can distract Bill Belichick from his job is Bon Jovi. This is delightful information. Teams should immediately start playing Bon Jovi songs in their stadiums and encourage their fans to boo.
Belichick previously discussed his relationship with Bon Jovi at Super Bowl media day in 2015. That included this:
“That happened one time and it was forgettable,” he said. “Charlie and I were at Charlie’s fundraiser, Jon got both of us to get onstage and that was forgettable.”
This is one of those times when Belichick is unequivocally wrong. It was the exact opposite of forgettable.
I’ll leave you with these lasting images of Bon Jovi turning back time to hang out with current and former Patriots.