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Forget Rudy, Bon Jovi’s Son Walks On At Notre Dame

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Dozens of names are identified with the great Notre Dame football program, but one is renowned among those who aren’t even fans of the game: Rudy. Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger is arguably the most well-known walk-on player in the history of Fightin’ Irish football, but he’s about to have some company.

Jon Bon Jovi‘s son, Jesse Bongiovi, has earned himself a spot on the Notre Dame football team for the 2013 season, reports the Hollywood Reporter. The 18-year-old Bongiovi will wear #34 and play cornerback, according to the Notre Dame Athletic Department’s official website.

“He’s a tough kid,” says Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly of the 5’9″, 183 pound New Jersey Rocker’s son. “The kids really like him. They respect him. They don’t look at him as a rock star’s son. They look at him as a kid that loves Notre Dame and wants to play football and help this team.”

Bongiovi attended Poly Prep High School in Brooklyn where he was a two-time letterman in football and three-time letterman in lacrosse. Bon Jovi has a tie to football himself; he was formerly an owner of the Philadelphia Soul, a professional arena football team.

Notre Dame started its season with a 28-6 victory over Temple this past Saturday (August 31) and heads to Ann Arbor for a head-to-head match up with Michigan this weekend.

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