I Met Tommy Devito and His Family and This Is What Happened

by Tom Lavecchia

Tommy Devito, nicknamed “Tommy Cutlets,” is an undrafted rookie quarterback who took the New York Giants and their fans by storm. He started the season as a third-stringer but grabbed the reins when injuries sidelined the Giants’ top two signal-callers. What followed was a magical three-game winning streak, showcasing Devito’s accuracy, mobility, and ice-cold demeanor under pressure. His hometown charm and Italian-American roots add another layer of appeal, but the real story lies in his grounded family. His parents, Tom Sr. and Alexandra, radiate pride in their son’s success while keeping him humble and focused. This wholesome family dynamic, combined with Devito’s on-field talent, has made him a beloved figure in New York, with a promising future stretching before him. Whether he secures the starting role or not, Tommy Cutlets is definitely a player to watch.

NJ Digest Publisher Tom Lavecchia and Alexandra Devito

When I first spoke with Alexandra I had to ask her cutlet recipe as I was wondering what type of breadcrumbs she used.  However, the conversation shifted to how she was dealing with all the fame that was coming her family’s way.  What I saw in her eyes and energy was a proud mom who is truly there to support her son.  She was gracious as she took a few photos with my sons and me.  Also my son asked about her cutlets as well, but hedged because he said his Nonna’s cutlets were most likely better.  But it wasn’t about the cutlets or even the media attention, it was about pride for their son.  I also take pride in his success as an Italian-American as it’s not everyday the culture is front and center.  

Upon meeting Tom Devito Sr., I noticed he had a nice sweatsuit on (as did I) along with his trademark sunglasses.  He brings such energy and excitement to everyone around him as he’s truly enjoying his son’s fame, but also appears to be humble at the same time.  I understand he’s a 3rd generation Plumber in Montclair under the name Devito Plumbing and Heating.  According to the reviews it appears that he runs a good business (it’s hard to find a good plumber these days!).  He gave my sons a chocolate helmet and took as many pictures as we asked.  I’ve been around many reality celebrities to know that sudden fame goes to people’s heads, but this is definitely not the case with La Famiglia Devito.

NJ Digest Publisher Tom Lavecchia and Tom Devito Sr.

Here is the skinny on their son Tommy Devito:

Who Is Tommy Devito?

  • Full name: Thomas N. Devito
  • Born: August 7, 1998 (25 years old)
  • Hometown: Livingston, New Jersey
  • College: Played at Illinois after transferring from Syracuse
  • Drafted: Undrafted free agent in 2023
  • Position: Quarterback
  • Current Team: New York Giants (#15)
  • Height: 6-2
  • Weight: 210 lbs

Rise To Fame

  • Devito wasn’t drafted in 2023 but signed with the Giants as an undrafted free agent.
  • He started the season as the third-string quarterback but got his chance to shine in Week 8 when both starting quarterback Daniel Jones and backup Tyrod Taylor were injured.
  • Devito led the Giants to three straight victories, showcasing his impressive passing skills and poise under pressure.
  • His hometown hero status in New Jersey, combined with his Italian-American heritage and flamboyant personality, has also propelled him into the spotlight.

What Makes Him Special

  • Accuracy: Devito boasts a career completion percentage of 64% and a 69.6% completion rate in his standout 2022 season at Illinois.
  • Mobility: Though not considered a running quarterback, Devito is comfortable on his feet and can escape pressure and extend plays.
  • Mental Toughness: He demonstrates calmness and composure under pressure, as evidenced by his performance in clutch situations during his recent wins.
  • Hometown Hero: His New Jersey roots and connection to the Giants fanbase add another layer of appeal.

Future Prospects

  • While it’s still early in his career, Devito has shown promising potential.
  • His recent performances have given him a fighting chance to compete for the starting quarterback position in the future.
  • Whether he becomes the Giants’ long-term answer at quarterback or not, Tommy Devito has already won over the hearts of New York fans and is definitely a player to watch in the years to come.

About Westfield Garden State Plaza Mall in Paramus

The Westfield Garden State Plaza in Paramus, New Jersey, is a sprawling shopping and entertainment complex that’s been luring New Yorkers and New Jerseyans alike for decades. Here’s a brief rundown of what makes it tick:

Shopping Mecca: With over 300 stores, Westfield Garden State Plaza is a shopper’s paradise. From luxury brands like Louis Vuitton and Gucci to everyday essentials like Apple and H&M, you’ll find something for everyone here. There’s even a dedicated wing for kids’ stores, making it a one-stop shop for families.

Dining Delights: After all that shopping, you’ll be ready to refuel. Westfield Garden State Plaza has a wide variety of dining options, from casual chains like Shake Shack and Starbucks to upscale restaurants like The Capital Grille and Seasons 52. There’s even a food court with quick bites for those on the go.

Photo courtesy of Westfield Garden State Plaza

Entertainment Extravaganza: More than just a shopping mall, Westfield Garden State Plaza offers a variety of entertainment options. Catch a movie at the AMC Theatres, play some games at the Dave & Buster’s, or test your skills at the escape room. There’s even a bowling alley and a golf simulator!

Location, Location, Location: Situated at the intersection of Routes 4 and 17 in Paramus, Westfield Garden State Plaza is easily accessible by car. There’s ample parking available, both in garages and surface lots. If you’re coming from New York City, it’s just a short drive over the George Washington Bridge.

Events and More: Westfield Garden State Plaza is always hosting events, from holiday celebrations to fashion shows. They also have a loyalty program that gives you points for every dollar you spend, which can be redeemed for discounts and rewards.

Tommy DeVito Appearance as mentioned above drew in fans from all over the area, solidifying the mall’s reputation as a hub for both shopping and entertainment.

Overall, Westfield Garden State Plaza is a must-visit for anyone in the New York/New Jersey area. With its impressive selection of stores, diverse dining options, and exciting entertainment offerings, it’s a place where you can easily spend a whole day (or more!).

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Tom is a lifelong New Jersey resident, Rutgers and FDU alumni and the publisher of The Digest.

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