BOONTON, New Jersey (CBS SF) - San Francisco 49ers running back Brandon Jacobs on Wednesday kept a promise to a young fan who sent him a moving letter after Jacobs left his former team.
Six-year-old New York Giants fan Joseph Armento was told the team could no longer afford to pay his favorite player. So the New Jersey boy sent Jacobs the entire contents of his piggy bank – $3.36 – in the hope Jacobs would stay with the Giants.
The 29-year-old Jacobs said he was touched by the gesture to the point of tears and promised the boy he would take him out for some fun when Jacobs returned to New Jersey to pack his belongings.
That meeting happened Wednesday. Jacobs took his own five-year-old son Brayden along with Armento and his four-year-old brother to a bounce house in Boonton and they all played together for hours.
“He told me he really wanted to get out there with the kids,” mother Julie Armento told The Sacramento Bee. “He really wanted to enjoy it, and he did. It was amazing.”
“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,” Jacobs told The Bee. “We were just dirty, stinky boys, you know?”
Jacobs also gave his young admirer an autographed Giants helmet and a five dollar bill – Armento’s original $3.36 plus interest, according to The Bee.
“He had some interest in there just for being a good kid,” Jacobs told The Bee. “He’s worth a lot more than that $5 bill I gave him.”
Joe’s mother, Julie Armento, posted an image on Twitter of the signed Giants helmet. Jacobs inscribed it with his old No. 27, not the No. 45 he wears with San Francisco.
“Thank you (Jacobs) for giving joe and our family a lifetime memory,” she tweeted. “There will never be a better bounce house visit.”
Jacobs also tweeted a photo of the bounce-house gang: “The Armento family is great, God bless them and I wish them the best.”
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