A few weeks back, we shared the story of the 6-year-old New York Giants fan who emptied his piggy bank of $3.36 in a failed last-ditch effort to get Brandon Jacobs to stay with Big Blue. The gesture gained enough traction on the Innerwebz that there was bound to be follow-up at one point or another. Well, it has arrived, and in a surprise twist, Brandon Jacobs was not a dick for once.
If you happened to be at the Jump On In bounce house in Boonton, N.J. today, you saw quite a spectacle: a 6-4, 266-pound NFL running back flailing about on inflatable castles and slides like a first grader hopped up on Sweet-Tarts.
That running back was the 49ers’ Brandon Jacobs, who took six-year-old Joseph Armento and his four-year-old brother for an outing they are not soon to forget.
Jacobs, 29, brought his five-year-old son, Brayden, and the four kids – Jacobs included – played non-stop for nearly two hours. No one even took a water break.
Jacobs had one final gift — a five-dollar bill. After all, he ended up signing with the 49ers, so it was only fair that the boy get his piggybank money back.
“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.”
The cockles of my heart are so warmed, you guys. Unfortunately, it’s summer, so that’s not at all what I’m looking for. I’m plenty warm, dammit. Bring me tales of misery and unfeeling cruelty to cool those cockles right on down.
Armento also received a Giants helmet signed by Jacobs with his old number inscribed. Knowing kids, Jacobs’ 5-year-old immediately complained “WHY’D THAT OTHER KID GET FIVE BUCKS!? I WANT FIVE BUCKS!” so fair chance Brandon already regrets being a nice guy. That’ll learn him.