Tom Brady had many impressive accomplishments on the football field in his career.
But did you know off the field he also made Jon Bon Jovi a better singer and songwriter?
That's what the rocker said hours after Brady confirmed his retirement on Tuesday, Feb. 1, from the NFL after 22 seasons with the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
“(Tom Brady) made me a better singer,” said Bon Jovi on his social media. “Tom made me a better songwriter, a better leader, seeker and more driven to succeed while remembering to love what I do.
“He doesn’t know it, but he inspired me and lots of people like me.”
Bon Jovi and Patriots coach Bill Belichick have been friends for a few decades. In 1999, Bon Jovi gained field access to New York Giants games at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford by pretending to be a photographer.
Since then, Bon Jovi was a regular in the luxury box of Patriots owner Robert Kraft at Patriots home games. The Pats played “Livin’ on a Prayer” during pivotal moments of games to inspire the team.
Brady and Bon Jovi have been photographed together multiple times over the years. The Sayreville native was torn when Brady left the Pats for the Bucs.
“Is it me, is or is there anybody else out there feeling like a kid in a divorce settlement?” asked Bon Jovi in a short video posted last September on his social media. The vid included pics of Bon Jovi embracing both Brady and Belichick on the field.
Brady's team have won seven Super Bowls, including six with the Pats, but he did not mention the Patriots in his retirement statement, suggesting there still may be some bad blood there.
The band Bon Jovi recently announced a 15-show tour of the South and Midwest in April.
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Chris Jordan, a Jersey Shore native, covers entertainment and features for the USA Today Network New Jersey. Contact him at @chrisfhjordan; email@example.com.
This article originally appeared on Asbury Park Press: Tom Brady made me a better singer, says Jon Bon Jovi