San Francisco 49ers’ Brandon Jacobs may not have resigned with the New York Giants, but for one family in New Jersey, he will always be their favorite running back.
When 6-year-old Joseph Armento discovered that Jacobs would no longer play for his beloved Giants, he sent Jacobs the $3.36 that occupied his piggy bank with a letter to plea for the 8-year veteran to stay in New York. Jacobs was so touched by the note that he promised he would take Armento and his younger brother to Chuck E. Cheese when he came back to New Jersey to retrieve some of his belongings.
Sure enough, when Jacobs came back to New Jersey, he made good on his promise and, along with his son, took the Armento family to the boys’ favorite restaurant. He even played with them for several hours until it was time to go home.
As they were leaving, Jacobs gave Joseph a $5 bill, $1.64 more than he sent in the letter.
“He had some interest in there just for being a good kid,” Jacobs said. “He’s worth a lot more than that $5 bill I gave him.”