Six-year-old kid mails Brandon Jacobs $3.36 so Giants can afford to keep him

When running back Brandon Jacobs left the Giants for the 49ers on a one-year deal this offseason, he didn't bolt New York because the G-Men couldn't afford him. But if I had a kid who was a fan of Jacobs as a player, that's what I would probably tell him or her.

And that's what one lady told her 6-year-old son Joseph. So Joseph, naturally, pooled all $3.36 of his life savings, put it in a plastic bag and mailed it to Jacobs with a letter hoping it would mean Jacobs could stay with the Giants.

Jacobs posted a picture of that letter -- and the cash/change -- on Twitter Tuesday.

Jacobs received a touching letter from Joseph. (@GatorBoy45)

Jacobs was, quite obviously, touched by the gesture from Joseph.
I'm sure that Jacobs will find a way to hook the young kid up -- the running back said on Twitter that he would send the kid $3.36 back but keep the original money he received from Joseph, presumably as a memento.

Naturally, this story's spread all over the Internet since Jacobs posted the picture. That's what happens in today's day and age.

And it's another reminder of something that my Eye on Basketball colleague Matt Moore just finished writing about: for all the cynicism and jokes and Twitter puns and general vitriol that gets slung around during sporting events, there is still a lot of youthful innocence that surrounds these players we watch.

It's a refreshing news story in the bitter cycle of stories about labor battles, multi-million-dollar contract disputes and beefed up blood-alcohol levels.

Even if young Joseph just overpaid by about $3.35.

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