Thursday, June 21, 2012

Brandon Jacobs is the Man

Now, before the title makes you skip over this entirely, only one small part of this has to do with Brandon Jacobs playing for the New York Giants.

Shortly after Jacobs was released by the Giants and signed with the San Francisco 49ers, one Giants fan made a last ditch effort to keep the running back in New York.  Six-year-old Joseph Armento emptied out his piggy bank, containing $3.36, after his mother, Julie, explained to him that Jacobs was going to be playing across the country.

Jacobs was so moved by the gesture, that he thought he would do something for Joseph.  He took Joseph, his four-year-old brother and Jacobs' son, Brayden, to Jump On In bounce house in Boonton, NJ.

"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?"

One of the toughest running backs in the game, jumping around ball pits and slides with three little kids is just an awesome story.  Jacobs gave Joseph a signed helmet, a $5 bill to refill his piggy bank and memories that will hopefully cover the loss of his favorite player.

Great story for the NFL and for sports, too.  You don't really hear a lot about players reaching out to fans like this, especially a 6'4", 260-pound running back to a six-year-old.

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