About a month ago, a six-year-old sent Brandon Jacobs $3.36 from his piggy bank so the running back would stay in New York with the Giants.
Unfortunately, Jacobs received the letter after he signed with the San Francisco 49ers.
To pay him back for his kind gesture, Jacobs visited the youngster and repaid him with a little bonus -- ultimately giving him a $5 bill.
From the Los Angeles Times:
Brandon Jacobs recently received $3.36 from a young New York Giants fan who desperately wanted the running back to remain with his favorite team rather than switch to the San Francisco 49ers.
To Jacobs, the gift from 6-year-old Joseph Armento was worth way more than its dollar value.
“I’m at a point in my career when people have stopped believing in me and not believing that I can still play,” said Jacobs, who received all the money from Armento’s piggy bank in the mail from the boy’s mother after already signing with the 49ers. “But that’s not the case. Joe believes in me, gave me a lot of confidence and a lot of want-to.”
So Jacobs decided to pay him back. In addition to a signed football helmet and a $5 bill — “He had some interest in there just for being a good kid,” Jacobs said — the two-time Super Bowl champion had a surprise for Armento while Jacobs was back in the New Jersey area Wednesday getting his family ready for the move to the Bay Area.
Jacobs took Armento and his 4-year-old brother, as well as Jacobs’ 5-year-old son, to the Jump On In “bounce house” in Boontown, N.J., for an unforgettable outing that lasted nearly two hours.
According to Armento’s mother, Julie, Jacobs appeared to have as much fun as the boys did.
“He told me he really wanted to get out there with the kids,” Julie Armento said in a phone interview. “He really wanted to enjoy it, and he did. It was amazing.”
Jacobs said: “It was just us in the whole place, and we were just going room to room — just bouncing and flipping all over the place, hitting each other with balls, sweating, our shirts filthy. We were just dirty, stinky boys, you know?”
Real nice of Jacobs for doing that. Class act.