After a Super Bowl win with the New York Giants, former Assumption High School football star Brandon Jacobs decided it was time for a change of scenery and signed a one year contract with the San Francisco 49ers.
In a last ditch effort to keep the star in New York, 6-year-old Joseph Armento emptied his piggy bank and sent the running back $3.36 hoping to change Jacobs' mind.
While Jacobs moved on to San Francisco, he was so moved by the gesture that he and his five-year-old son Brayden met with Armento and his mother Julie for over two hours this week.
"He told me he really wanted to get out there with the kids," Julie Armento said in a phone interview with the Sacramento Bee. "He really wanted to enjoy it, and he did. It was amazing."
Jacobs said, "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?"
"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."
Jacobs had one final gift for Joseph, a $5 bill.
"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."
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