Ex-Giant Brandon Jacobs Meets 6-Year-Old Fan Who Sent Him Piggy Bank Savings to Stay in NY

The New Jersey boy sent Jacobs a letter and $3.36 from his piggy bank

Friday, Jun 22, 2012  |  Updated 9:33 AM EDT
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Former Giants running back Brandon Jacobs repaid the 6-year-old fan who sent him cash from his own piggy bank in a last-ditch effort to keep Jacobs in New York with the reigning Super Bowl champions.

When little Joseph Armento first heard contract talks between Jacobs and Big Blue were breaking down over money, he sent Jacobs a letter that included $3.36 in cash and pleaded with him to stay in New York. Jacobs ended up getting traded to the San Francisco 49ers, but he was so moved by the boy's effort he promised to meet him.

He did so this week. In town to pack up a few items, Jacobs took Armento and his 4-year-old brother to the Jump On In bounce house in Boonton, reports The New York Post. Jacobs brought his own 5-year-old son Brayden along for the fun, and the kids, along with the adults, bounced and flipped all over the place for hours.

"They all played, even my husband, Mike, and Brandon, all the kids, even me," Joseph's mother, Julie Armento, told the Post. "We were all jumping around, playing together. It was just a fun time for everybody."

Jacobs tweeted about how much fun he, his son and the Armento family had at Jump On In and posted a picture of him and the kids from the afternoon. He also gave Joseph Armento an autographed Giants helmet and $5 to repay him for draining his piggy bank, reports the Post.

"He had some interest in there just for being a good kid," Jacobs said.

Jacobs signed a one-year deal with the 49ers worth about $1 million plus incentives after a seven-year career with the Giants that included two Super Bowl wins.
 

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