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Bill Belichick introduces us to ‘Jersey Rock’ and hopes to miss Hurricane Irene

08.25.11 at 11:32 am ET
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FOXBORO — Everyone who’s followed the career of Bill Belichick in the last decade is aware he is a huge Jon Bon Jovi fan, as well as a good friend of the rock star.

On Wednesday, he welcomed the rock star once again to one of his practices outside Gillette Stadium.

“That eases the music play selection,” Belichick chimed Thursday during a very wide-ranging presser with reporters. “We know what we’re playing that day.”

While he didn’t grow up there, obviously Belichick has serious New Jersey roots, having worked there with the Giants from 1979-90 and again with the Jets from 1997-99.

Belichick was then grilled about what happens when the Patriots play the music of another New Jersey-bred megastar – Bruce Springsteen – at practice. Is there an explanation needed?

“No! I think Jon and Bruce are Jersey rockers, Jersey rock stars,” Belichick answered without hesitation. “I think they have a pretty good relationship and mutual respect for each other. It’s different but it’s still Jersey rock and roll.”

Bon Jovi wasn’t the only big name in attendance Wednesday. Boston College hockey coach Jerry York stopped by and Belichick paid him a Rex Ryan-sized compliment.

“Pretty big day for us yesterday to have a guy who’s sold 120 million records and Jerry York out there that’s won whatever it is, 800 or 900-however many games, a lot more than I’ve won, I’ll tell you that. Interesting day,” Belichick said.

For the record, York has the most wins (880) of any active NCAA coach, and second only to Ron Mason‘s 924. And even more, York has won his sport’s championship as head coach four times, one more than the three Super Bowl titles for Belichick.

As for the matter of his team, Belichick did indicate that he was happy to see several players back on the field for practice this week, including Albert Haynesworth, Ras-I Dowling, Shane Vereen and Shaun Ellis.

Another player who could see some action this week is veteran left tackle Matt Light, who has yet to play in the preseason after shoulder surgery this past offseason.

‘€œHe’€™s been out there, he’€™s been able to do everything,’€ Belichick said. ‘€œI think his lead up to the start of practice was good and since he’€™s been on the field, he’€™s been able to do everything we’€™ve asked him to do. I think he’€™s close. If he doesn’€™t play this week, I think he’€™ll be ready to play soon.’€

The Patriots play Saturday night against the Lions at Ford Field in Detroit, hundreds of miles away from the oncoming force of Hurricane Irene. The team leaves New England Friday and should be back in the early morning hours Sunday morning, well before the full effect of “Irene” is felt in New England.

‘€œHopefully we’€™ll be in before it comes in,” Belichick said. “Definitely we have to keep an eye on it and batten down the hatches. At this point, we’€™ll be in and out before it hits. It looks like it’€™s a potential issue.”

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