Brandon Jacobs visits young fan who tried to pay him to return to NY, really values kids

After receiving 3 Washingtons and some change from young NY Giants fan Joe Armento along with a letter imploring him to return to New York, former Giants and current San Francisco RB Brandon Jacobs made a point to visit the 6-year-old on a trip to New Jersey during which he was wrapping up his relocation to the Bay Area.

Jacobs took Joe and his brother Nick to a New Jersey bounce house called “Jump On In”, where the running back went wild with the boys and his own son, Brayden, for a good two hours. Jacobs was intent on visiting the boy after being touched by little Joe’s fandom.

“When we first spoke, he said that he was genuinely touched by the letter, that it almost brought him to tears,” Joe’s mother, Julie, told the Sacramento Bee. “He said it came at just the right time for him.”

Said Jacobs: “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. And I’m ready to go. I can’t wait until the season starts.”

After playtime was over, Jacobs presented Joe with a signed Giants helmet (utilizing his old #27) and a $5 bill to repay Joe’s initial investment with interest.

“He had some interest in there just for being a good kid,” Jacobs . “He’s worth a lot more than that $5 bill I gave him.”

Considering this was a very classy move by the 8-year veteran, I won’t remark on the fact that Jacobs put financial value on a kid. Agh, I can’t help myself: apparently being a good kid is worth a paltry $1.64. Little Joe — please don’t resort to a life of truancy and juvenile delinquency. Being good is worth a lot more than the cost of a soda.

But seriously, good work Brandon. The NFL only thrives on account of the fans, a fact which is often overlooked by the league and the players alike, so it is nice to see a player giving a young fan his due.

[Sacramento Bee via NFL.com]

[Image Source: Brandon Jacobs’ Twitter]

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2 thoughts on “Brandon Jacobs visits young fan who tried to pay him to return to NY, really values kids

  1. Tracy Maine Whiteman says:

    I love this story, all except for the ignorance of the writer, and his comments about Jacob’s putting a dollar value on this boy! IT WAS A GESTURE!!!!! A KIND one, the helmet alone, is worth much, much more!!!! I believe Jacobs left a lasting impression on this young boy, that will far exceed any monetary value!!! Get a grip, and let a good story stand on it’s own merit, without you destroying it with such unwarranted comments! Shame on you!!!

  2. Gadi says:

    Thank you for reading and commenting. Please rest assured, it was a joke, more than anything I just thought his comments about the $5 were a little odd, but he clearly needed to make a comment about it to the interviewer, and that’s what he came up with on the spot. Indeed, you’ll notice I applaud Mr. Jacobs for the gesture in the subsequent paragraph. I am sure Mr. Jacobs can handle the slight ribbing I sent his way.

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