TMZ just might be attending Notre Dame games in 2014. A star studded parent section that features two former NFL players, a basketball hall of famer, a future MLB hall of famer and a world renown rock star are the reason why. All five celebrities have sons on the Fighting Irish Football team.
Jon Bon Jovi
Football ain’t a game for the broken hearted, but a torn ACL has forced famous singer Jon Bon Jovi’s son, Jesse Bongiovi to miss the entire 2014 season. Bongiovi is a sophomore at Notre Dame and after this spring semester, he’s halfway there to graduating. As a walk on cornerback at 5-foot-9, 185 pounds; he’s living on a prayer to see some playing time. A walk on relishes the opportunity to just be a part of the team and therefore it doesn’t make a difference if he makes it or not. Juggling football and academics at ND is difficult, but Bongiovi is telling the world, “I did it my way, I just wanna live while I’m alive, it’s my life!” It has been a tradition that the Notre Dame marching band play “living on a prayer” during the 4th quarter at every home game before Bongiovi arrived. Now that he’s here, he will defientely be singing along.
Torii Hunter Jr.’s father won nine gold gloves as an outfielder in MLB. The future hall of famer has 329 career homers with 193 stolen bases during his 18 seasons. The younger Hunter broke his leg during a practice for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. The injury led Hunter Jr. to be redshirted his freshman season in 2013. While he never saw action on Saturday’s, he came back from his injury and impressed his coaches enough to be named offensive scout team player of the year.
Austin Collinsworth is the son of famous former NFL players and current NBC broadcaster Cris Collinsworth. Cris played eight seasons for the Cincinnati Bengals and was selected to the all-pro team three times. Fans now know Cris as the commentator for Sunday Night Football. Austin is entering his redshirt senior season at Notre Dame after starting 11 games last season as a safety. It should come as no surprise that the son of a former NFL wide receiver is able to catch as Austin collected three interceptions in 2013.
Not many college kids (besides Johnny Manziel) are fortunate enough to be able to attend NBA finals games over their summer break. Corey Robinson is not your average college student. His dad is the former San Antonio Spur who behind his 20,790 career points is now in the hall of fame. The Admiral took his son to the Spurs-Heat NBA finals this summer and his seats weren’t too shabby either. The 7-footer who once mentored Tim Duncan attended every single one of his son’s games in 2013. He got to see Corey catch nine passes for 157 yards as a true freshman last season. The 6-foot-5 Robinson will be one of Notre Dame’s best wide receivers in 2014 with Davaris Daniels likely off the team.
Like father, like son. Josh Atkinson is following in the footsteps of his father, a former All-pro defensive back for the Raiders. On top of also playing defensive back for the Irish, Atkinson is majoring in film, television and theater at Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters. George ended his NFL career in 1977, but currently works as the Raiders radio commentator. Atkinson will be a senior this season and after collecting most of his tackles on special teams, looks to break into the rotation at nickel back in 2014.
Notre Dame hopes to have more famous parents in the future as the Irish have offered Snoop Dogg’s son Cordell Broadus a scholarship. The son of the famous rapper, a 6-foot-3 WR from the class of 2015, also holds offers from LSU and USC. Irish fans are hoping to wake up to a Broadus tweet that reads “Ain’t nothing but a ND thang baby” soon. When Broadus asks Brian Kelly about possible playing time he is probably thinking “it ain’t no fun if the homies can’t have none”. Broadus transferred to Las Vegas powerhouse, Bishop Gorman High School this season. His new teammate, Nicco Fertitta is a safety that has already verbally committed to Notre Dame. Between him and Broadus, they might be two of America’s most wanted recruits.
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