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Tommy DeVito may be about to play in the biggest football game of his young career but at least he’ll able to call on the comforts of home after the Giants take on the Cowboys this week.
DeVito is in line to get his first career NFL start on Sunday in Texas after injuries to both Daniel Jones and Tyrod Taylor left the Giants in a quarterback crisis.
The undrafted free agent, who is in his rookie season, grew up in Cedar Grove, NJ – just nine miles from the Giants’ practice facility and MetLife Stadium.
He attended Don Bosco Prep High School before spending six years in the collegiate system – with the final being at the University of Illinois.
Now he’s set to play under the bright lights of the NFL but is very happy still living at home with his parents, describing it as a ‘no-brainer’.
Tommy DeVito will start for the Giants on Sunday but still lives at home with his parents
Alexandra and Tom DeVito pose with their son while he was a Syracuse football player
‘It was a no-brainer for me,’ DeVito told ESPN.
‘Everything that I need is there at the house. The decision was made since this level of football is stressful for a rookie, especially from the quarterback position.
‘There is a lot going on, a lot of meetings. So everything outside of football is handled by my family.
‘I don’t have to worry about laundry, what I’m eating for dinner, chicken cutlets and all that is waiting for me when I get there.
‘My mom still makes my bed. Everything is handled for me. Honestly, I don’t even know if I could find a place closer to here than where I live. It takes me 12 minutes to get here.’
Unaware that DeVito was living at home – and with his parents – Giants star running back Saquon Barkley replied ‘for real?’ when asked for his thoughts on his QB’s living situation.
Barkley also revealed he had spoken to DeVito and urged him to make the most of this rare opportunity. He will be just the 10th undrafted quarterback since 2000 to start an NFL game.
DeVito, pictured with brother Max, grew up in Cedar Grove – nine miles from MetLife Stadium
DeVito came into the Raiders game last week after starting QB Daniel Jones suffered an injury
‘I literally told him [Thursday], it could be a hell of a story. Let’s make it a hell of a story,’ Barkley added.
‘Undrafted guy from Jersey. Lives in Jersey with his parents; I didn’t know that part. Gets to be starting quarterback for the New Football Giants. The perfect story.’
Veteran offensive linesman Justin Pugh joked DeVito is a genius for making the most of living at home.
He added: ”That is the greatest. You know what, smart.
‘Saving his money. Genius! That’s the one thing I’d say from a financial standpoint.
‘Your mom helping with your wash, making sure you’re up on time, no distractions, unbelievable.’
Its also been revealed that the DeVito family have played host to a number of Giants players this season – including rookie receiver Jalin Hyatt.
‘I’ve been over there. I love going to his spot,’ he said.
‘He has a little hot tub in the back. The crazy thing about it is he lives, maybe, 15 minutes away. So he’s close.’