Earlier this month, the story of six-year-old Joe Armento went viral. The young boy had been so upset by running back Brandon Jacobs signing with the San Francisco 49ers that he busted his piggy bank and send Jacobs the $3.36 inside to remain with the New York Giants. Obviously, that didn't happen, but a very emotional and thankful Jacobs did have an opportunity to repay the boy on Wednesday, and as promised, he returned his money and then some.
Rather than going to Chuck E. Cheese as originally planned, fearing it would cause too much of a scene, Jacobs took his son Brayden, Joe and Joe's four-year old brother to 'Jump On In' bounce house in Boonton, N.J.
"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?"
The group played non-stop for over two hours and when play time was over, Jacobs presented Joe with a signed Giants helmet that read: "To Joe: Thanks for being a fan. God bless, Brandon Jacobs." It was also signed #27 as opposed to #45, Jacobs' new number with the 49ers.
But that wasn't all. Jacobs also returned Joe's $3.36 with a little bit of interest – handing him a crisp $5 to place back in his piggy bank.
"I'm at a point in my career when people have stopped believing in me and not believing that I can still play. But that's not the case. Joe believes in me, gave me a lot of confidence and a lot of want-to," Jacobs said. "He had some interest in there just for being a good kid. He's worth a lot more than that $5 bill I gave him."
For at least one more day, Jacobs was a Giant again. And as we've become accustomed to, he acted in a way befitting of what it means to be a member of such a great organization; he acted with class, dignity and the same passion he has always displayed since the very moment he was drafted in the 4th round of the 2005 NFL Draft.
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