Tommy Touchdowns, Big Time Tommy, Tommy Cutlets, whatever you want to call him, Tommy DeVito has the attention of the entire world of football.
Who would’ve thought an Illinois quarterback would be putting this school on the map at the pro level?
This season, DeVito became the first rookie to start at quarterback for the New York Giants in the modern draft era. But his path there wasn’t easy.
After Illinois’ 8-5 campaign in 2022, the senior quarterback sought a waiver for an additional year of eligibility from the NCAA to play another season, but was denied. This forced him to have his only option be to try and make an NFL team.
DeVito would not hear his named called in the 2023 NFL Draft, but was signed as an undrafted free agent on April 29 by the Giants.
After being signed, he was waived on Aug. 29. DeVito later was re-signed to the practice squad.
Despite all the odds stacked against him, DeVito would make his NFL debut on Oct. 29 in Week 8 against the New York Jets.
After shaky action in relief of Daniel Jones and Tyrod Taylor following their injuries, DeVito’s first start also left much to be desired. The undrafted rookie completed just 14 of 27 passes for 86 yards, 2 touchdowns and 1 interception in a 49-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
After appearing to get the rust off, he hasn’t looked back.
DeVito has led the Giants to back-to-back wins over the Washington Commanders and the New England Patriots, giving them their first winning streak of the season.
In the win over Washington, he threw 18-of-26 for 246 yards, 3 touchdowns and 0 interceptions. DeVito ended the game with a 137.7 passer rating.
Even before his impressive play on the field, DeVito made headlines after telling the media that he still lives at home with his parents. He described not having to worry about doing laundry, making his bed and being able to eat chicken cutlets when he gets home for the day.
The New Jersey native has also appeared to start a new TD celebration trend with his Italian finger purse hand gesture. He also shares the same name as Joe Pesci’s famous character in Goodfellas, making his sudden stardom all the more intriguing.
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On the field, DeVito’s season totals now sit at 697 passing yards, 8 total touchdowns (7 passing, 1 rushing), 3 interceptions and a 92.4 passer rating.
Who knows how long this craze will last, but it’s been a breath of fresh air to see an Illinois quarterback in the spotlight at the next level.
DeVito and the Giants are looking to make it three in a row on Monday Night Football as they host the Packers in Week 14.