A while back a 6 year old sent Brandon Jacobs a letter along with $3.36 asking him to stay with his beloved New York Giants.
Brandon Jacobs of course was on his way to the San Francsico 49ers already and couldn’t stay with the G-Men, who had released him. Brandon Jacobs was taken back by the gesture and said “I almost cried. I am still trying to hold it in. I may have to pay him a surprise visit.”
Brandon Jacobs followed through on his word and paid the 6 year old, whose name is Joe Armento a visit. Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee recounted the details of the visit below.
Jacobs was touched by the gesture and told Armento’s mother, Julie, that he would be in New Jersey for a short time this week while he packed up his belongings and moved his family to the Bay Area. He thought his original idea for a meeting place, Chuck E. Cheese, might cause too much of scene. So they settled on a bounce house.
Jacobs, 29, brought his five-year-old son, Brayden, and the four kids – Jacobs included – played non-stop for nearly two hours. No one even took a water break.
“He told me he really wanted to get out there with the kids,” Julie Armento said in a phone interview with The Bee. “He really wanted to enjoy it, and he did. It was amazing.”
Said Jacobs, also by phone: “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?”
The gesture had a big impact on Jacobs.
“I’m at a point in my career when people have stopped believing in me and not believing that I can still play,” Jacobs said. “But that’s not the case. Joe believes in me, gave me a lot of confidence and a lot of want-to. And I’m ready to go. I can’t wait until the season starts.”
Jacobs also gave young Joe a signed New York Giants helmet and had one other surprise for Joe.
Jacobs had one final gift — a five-dollar bill. After all, he ended up signing with the 49ers, so it was only fair that the boy get his piggybank money back.
“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.”
A heartwarming story originally had an even more heart warming ending. The whole situation came full circle and Joe learned a valuable lesson at a young age. That caring and selflessness is a positive thing and those things are rewarded.