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Six-Year-Old Sends Piggybank Savings to Former NY Giant Brandon Jacobs
By Liz Raftery
New York Giants fan Joseph Armento was dismayed to learn that the team did not retain running back Brandon Jacobs this offseason – so the 6-year-old decided to take matters into his own hands.
Joseph sent a letter to Jacobs and enclosed the savings from his personal piggybank (totaling $3.36) in an effort to help the athlete, who signed with the San Francisco 49ers in March, return to New York.
"When he asked me why you were going to SF I explained that the Giants did not have enough money to keep you," Joseph's mother, Julie, wrote to Jacobs. "Joseph is just learning to read/write so I will help you by translating his letter."
Her son's note reads: "Dear Brandon Jacobs, So you could go to the Giants, here is my money. Love, Joe."
Jacobs, 29, was so touched by the letter that he posted it to his Twitter account and says he plans to take Joseph on a special outing the next time he's in New York.
"I almost cried, I am still trying to hold it in," Jacobs Tweeted after receiving the letter. "I may have to pay him a surprise visit."
"Here's what I am thinking for the kid," he added two days later. "I have a 5 year old, I will go and pick Joe up at his home in jersey and take him and my son 2 chucky cheese."
Until Jacobs makes it back to the East Coast, though, he says he'll use Joseph's note as inspiration as he gets acclimated to his new team and city.
"Little Joe just gave me so much confidence, I feel this season is gonna be a great one," Jacobs Tweeted Thursday. "FYI I am contacting him tomorrow to make some plans."
Told the team didnt have enough money to retain the running back, the boy hopes his $3.36 will help
Brandon Jacobs Treats 6-Year-Old Donor to Bounce House Outing
By Alison Schwartz
When 6-year-old New York Giants fan Joseph Armento sent running back Brandon Jacobs his money – $3.36 – in an effort to keep him on the team earlier this month, the NFL star vowed to pay him back.
Jacobs made good on that promise Wednesday with something worth much more than the contents of the Armento's piggybank.
The running back, 29, who signed with the San Francisco 49ers in March, took the young fan and his 4-year-old brother Nick on the ultimate thank-you outing to the Jump On It bounce house gym in Boonton, N.J, Wednesday.
"He told me he really wanted to get out there with the kids," their mother, Julie Armento, told The Sacramento Bee. Added Armento, who sent Jacobs the letter with the contents of Joe's piggy bank: "It was amazing."
In town this week after his move to the Bay Area, the NFL star rented out the space for the Armento kids and his 5-year-old son, Brayden, for an afternoon on the inflatable slides.
"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 said. "We were just dirty, stinky boys, you know?"
He added on Twitter: "I had so much fun with them."
But that's not all Joe got for his sweet gesture. Jacobs also gave him a signed Giants football helmet with the words "thanks for being a fan." And because he ultimately became a 49er, Jacobs gave the young fan back his $3.36 investment and then some – $5 – because "he had some interest in there just for being a good kid."
"I'm at a point in my career when people have stopped believing in me and not believing I can still play," he added to The Bee. "Joe believes in me, gave me a lot of confidence and a lot of want-to."
"I'm ready to go," he continued. "I can't wait until the season starts."
Joseph Armento hung with the NFL star Wednesday as payback for his $3.36 contribution
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