10 Surprising Pop Warner Players


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Jon Bon Jovi

Jon Bon Jovi (left) performs with Sam Moore during the Apollo In The Hamptons fundraiser in August 2010 in East Hampton, New York.
Jon Bon Jovi (left) performs with Sam Moore during the Apollo In The Hamptons fundraiser in August 2010 in East Hampton, New York.
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Any child of the 80s can probably launch into an effortless recitation of Bon Jovi lyrics, but here's a surprising fact that even die-hard fans don't know: Jon Bon Jovi once suited up for a Pop Warner youth football team. Admittedly too scrappy to do much defensive damage, Bon Jovi spent a lot of time on the bench livin' on a prayer for a second-string miracle. The lack of playing time didn't dampen his love the game, though. When he's not touring, his Sunday ritual centers on ESPN football coverage, bolstered by a lifelong drive to collect football memorabilia -- much of it given to him personally by players and coaches whom he considers among his closest friends. In fact, the song "Bounce" from the band's latest album is dedicated to Bill Belichick, New England Patriots' head coach.