The 40-year-old, New Jersey-born rocker whose band headlines the "NFL Kickoff Live from Times Square" concert this week talks about his beloved Giants—and his passion for football
SI: Last week the Giants named a running play Blue 21 Bounce in honor of your new album, Bounce. What would happen if they ever used the play in a game?
Bon Jovi: Well, of course, they would score a touchdown. And then Tiki Barber would go into the end zone and sing a song. That's part of the play.
SI: At a recent Giants practice, you ran the play yourself and fumbled. If you were Giants coach Jim Fassel, would you cut Jon Bon Jovi?
Bon Jovi: I would have me doing laps for fumbling on a big play like that in front of the nation's media.
SI: Who is the best athlete in music today?
Bon Jovi: Leaving myself out of the mix, of course, Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers keeps himself in really good shape, and P. Diddy's a pretty good beach football player, believe it or not.
SI: True or false: One of the guitars you use has a sticker on it that professes hatred for the Dallas Cowboys?
Bon Jovi: True. The sticker says I HATE THE DALLAS COWBOYS. Who named them America's Team? We didn't have a vote on it.
SI: What's the best sporting event you've witnessed in person?