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Brandon Jacobs pays back tiny fan that sent him $3.36

49ers running back Brandon Jacobs likes his “fast-ass” cars, but he also has a soft spot in his heart for six-year old Giants fans who didn’t want to see him leave the team this offseason.

Joseph Armento cleared out his piggy bank and sent Jacobs $3.36 because he had heard that the Giants didn’t have enough money to satisfy Jacobs’ desires as a free agent. Jacobs shared the letter with the public and repaid Armento on Wednesday when he was back in the New York area to pack up his house for the move to San Francisco.

Jacobs gave Armento a $5 bill — teaching the youngster about interest — and a signed Giants helmet as a thank you for the gesture. Jacobs then brought his own son, Armento and his family to a bounce house where they cavorted for two hours on the inflatable toys.

“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, via Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee. “We were just dirty, stinky boys, you know?”

Very cool stuff from Jacobs and a nice change of pace from his Giants days when Jacobs made more headlines for complaining about his role and using his helmet as a projectile than he did for anything like this.

Picture via Jacobs’ Twitter account.

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25 Responses to “Brandon Jacobs pays back tiny fan that sent him $3.36”
  1. canjura says: Jun 21, 2012 9:35 AM

    I just grew some respect for Jacobs. Still a weenie scared to go north and south on the field. But at least he’s a decent human being.

  2. nepaseahawk says: Jun 21, 2012 9:35 AM

    really nice of him to do. It must have been nice to finally meet your 1 fan as well

  3. hit2hurt says: Jun 21, 2012 9:36 AM

    I typically can’t stand Brandon Jacobs.. but this was a class act. Nice job, Brandon.

  4. sea3369 says: Jun 21, 2012 9:39 AM

    Cool story..

  5. cantgetenoughwp says: Jun 21, 2012 9:40 AM

    Good man!

  6. cleverbob says: Jun 21, 2012 9:40 AM

    nepaseahawk says:
    Jun 21, 2012 9:35 AM

    really nice of him to do. It must have been nice to finally meet your 1 fan as well

    Well played

  7. suhnami says: Jun 21, 2012 9:42 AM

    I think everyone is missing the major point here…sure it was nice of Jacobs to return the money and a fine gesture to hang out for a while and give the young fan a signed helmet….

    BUT lets not look past the whole reason why this kid sent the money…he heard a PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE complaining on T.V., whining about how he doesn’t have enough money to live his life style and these kids are hearing and seeing it and do not understand how backwards it all is.

    Guy is a millionaire and needs to stop complaining like all pro sports athlete’s making millions about not having enough money…kids don’t know the difference and take pity on them because all he wants is his RB to stay with his favorite team

  8. raiderufan says: Jun 21, 2012 9:44 AM

    Wow…really cool. He has always rubbed me the wrong way but that’s a solid move on his part.

  9. EJ says: Jun 21, 2012 9:55 AM

    This is how every player in the NFL should act. Without the fans paying the big money for tickets, merchandise, subscriptions and much more, these players wouldn’t have a paycheck to collect.

  10. dbones750 says: Jun 21, 2012 9:59 AM

    I think everyone is missing the major point here…Jacobs’ kid is 5, the kid who sent the money is 6. In this picture, Jacobs’ kid looks twice the size of those other kids. Keep an eye on him, G-Men.

    Also, good for Brandon for hanging with the kid! It’s something they’ll both never forget (unless, ya know, concussions…). Touching story for both of them. Seems like a win/win. I’m a Giants fan, but I’ll still root Jacobs no matter where he goes…except philly.

  11. savocabol1 says: Jun 21, 2012 10:07 AM

    A couple of hours and hundred dollars later these kids will have awesome memories for a lifetime. Lots of props go out to Jacobs.

    Crazy to think nowadays it is rare that athletes do something nice for their fans.

  12. joetoronto says: Jun 21, 2012 10:08 AM

    Jacobs got hit in the head by a shovel full of perspective.

    Most of these “professional” athletes could use some.

  13. bcgreg says: Jun 21, 2012 10:08 AM

    Absolutely AWESOME!!!!!

  14. karlton2 says: Jun 21, 2012 10:30 AM

    I heard Jacobs didn’t want to give the money back, but was afraid that accepting the $3.36 would violate the CBA and it’s provisions governing player compensation.

  15. dirtyjersey9er says: Jun 21, 2012 11:04 AM


    Or if you had read the original story you would have read that the mother told him that the kid found out Brandon Jacobs and Mario Manningham weren’t on the Giants anymore. When he asked why she told them it was because the Giants didn’t have enough money to keep them anymore so he sent the 3.36 to Jacobs to try to get him back on the Giants.

    I live in the NJ area and since signing that big contract the only thing you heard about Jacobs was he didn’t run as hard with more money and his talking about opposing teams such as the Jets. He surely didn’t have a complaint about the contract, the Giants obviously did seeing as they cut him.

  16. kingdavid56 says: Jun 21, 2012 11:22 AM

    Nice move by him.

  17. daninms says: Jun 21, 2012 11:26 AM

    As a Cowboys fan I despise Jacobs but this was a very cool gesture.

  18. koolfootball says: Jun 21, 2012 12:53 PM

    I take back every bad thing I have ever said about b Jacobs. What a great thing to do. It’s nice to see athletes do great things like this.

  19. homelanddefense says: Jun 21, 2012 1:00 PM

    as a Pats fan I hate most Giants players (current and former) but that was a class move. Good for him.

  20. patriotera says: Jun 21, 2012 1:21 PM

    Jacobs should be embarressed. I wonder if the kids parents knew he was sending his life savings to a rich athlete.

  21. inthearex says: Jun 21, 2012 1:44 PM

    It’s easy for perception to be skewed due to today’s media. I ran into him while he was having dinner a few days before the divisional playoff against the eagles a few years ago. When he was leaving he was super cool to all the fans and took pictures with everyone and joked around with a few of us also. This doesn’t surprise me. He’s actually a really cool dude. He just let’s his emotions get the best of hI’m sometimes. But then again don’t we all.

  22. jmorth1080 says: Jun 21, 2012 2:45 PM

    “It was just us in the whole place, and we were just going from room to room- just bouncing and flipping all over the place, hitting each other with our balls, sweating, our shirts filthy. We were just dirty, stinky boys.”

    For a minute I thought I was reading transcripts from the Sandusky trial.

  23. tropboi11 says: Jun 21, 2012 3:26 PM

    I hate the Giants, their players and their coach but I also have respect for how they came together as team. But that was a very classy move on his part. I dont only hate the Giants but their whole division in this order, Eagles, VaGiants, Cowgirls and Forskins. Im a Bucs fan so this should make sense.

  24. sixjak says: Jun 21, 2012 6:55 PM

    People are people. Some people’s deeds and misdeeds are just always in the press more than others. We all say stupid things at our jobs and do stupid things from time to time.

    Some of you have had your perception changed about this man but in truth he’s the same guy he’s always been. Moral of the story: We really don’t have a very good idea of who these guys are.

  25. n0hopeleft says: Jun 25, 2012 8:24 AM

    I see the hatred for Brandon and his 2 rings hasn’t cleared yet.

    Clearly some cottage cheese still left on the ole flaps from some of you.

    NE and Philly – we love that you hate us. Please continue to demonstrate that you know we are superior.

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