SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — New 49ers running back Brandon Jacobs received a letter this week from a 6-year-old Giants fan named Joseph that included $3.36 in cash from the boy's piggy bank — the child's contribution to try to keep Jacobs in New York with the reigning Super Bowl champions.
The letter reads:
"Dear Brandon Jacobs,
So you could go to the Giants, here is my money.
The boy's mother, Julie Armento, wrote that she explained to her son that the Giants didn't have enough money to bring Jacobs back on a new contract, thus prompting her son's adorable gesture.
Jacobs said Thursday he will connect with Joe when he's back in New Jersey. The 49ers play the Jets on Sept. 30, but Jacobs might set up a meeting well before then.
"I got the letter a couple of days ago and it meant a whole lot to me," Jacobs said. "That's a special thing, and I wish every athlete could get that feeling. That definitely meant a lot for him to do that and put that concept together for one of his favorite players on one of his favorite teams. It meant a lot to me and gave me a lot of motivation."
Jacobs posted a picture of the letter and the money in a sandwich bag on his Twitter account, (at)gatorboy45 and asked his followers for their thoughts.