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Home Advantage: Navigating the NFL Gridiron While Living at Home – Tommy DeVito’s Unique Rookie Journey

In the aftermath of his inaugural NFL start against the Dallas Cowboys, rookie quarterback Tommy DeVito made a revealing admission—his post-game haven is not a sleek city apartment but the familiar embrace of his childhood home in Cedar Grove, New Jersey.

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Opening up to ESPN’s Jordan Raanan, DeVito shared that he continues to reside with his parents, citing the invaluable support system they provide in the midst of the pressures associated with being a rookie quarterback: “It was a no-brainer for me. 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.”

DeVito, who journeyed from high school football at Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, New Jersey, to collegiate play at Syracuse and Illinois, resides just nine miles away from the Giants’ practice facility and MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford. This proximity eases his commute, taking a mere 12 minutes.

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The 25-year-old signal-caller, initially an undrafted free agent, found himself thrust into action after starting quarterback Daniel Jones succumbed to injury. DeVito’s NFL debut was a challenging affair, going 2-of-7 for -1 yard in a narrow overtime loss to the New York Jets. However, subsequent opportunities saw him settling into his role, notably in a game against the Las Vegas Raiders where he showcased a more composed performance, going 15-of-20 for 175 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions.

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With both Jones and backup Tyrod Taylor on injured reserve, DeVito is poised to make consecutive starts, beginning with a formidable clash against the NFC East rival Cowboys. Despite being labeled as significant underdogs, a standout performance could shape DeVito’s future with the Giants or potentially another NFL franchise. As he navigates the challenges of rookiehood, DeVito finds solace in the familiar comforts of home, where even his bed is meticulously made by his mom.


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