DeVito, the undrafted quarterback who has started the past three games for the New York Giants (and won two of them), drew a massive crowd that wrapped around the strip mall that houses Primo Hoagies.
Hundreds of fans strolled in for hours asking for everything from shoes, hats, helmets, classic white Jersey Tank Tops and homemade No. 15 DeVito jerseys to be signed by the local legend. The requests stretched from TD to Tommy Cutlets to Jersey Juice autographs.
The appearance was scheduled for two hours, but due to a heavy demand DeVito stayed for three, making sure every attendee at least got an autograph.
The Tommy DeVito craze is wild!
Line wrapped around building at Primo Hoagies in Wayne, hundreds deep, people having shoes signed, asking him to sign the name Tommy Cutlets, bringing white tank tops for autographs, taking endless pics with 🤌 pic.twitter.com/gTshOPigp0
— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) November 29, 2023
As the final group waited for their sandwiches, one fan yelled to “put it up for the f—ing cutlet king” before a final DeVito chant broke out. It was a scene reserved for New York sports’ elite … or Jeremy Lin.
The craze has been prompted by DeVito throwing six touchdown passes to one interception in his three starts. The Giants are in their bye week after consecutive victories over the Washington Commanders and New England Patriots.
It has the Giants doing the pinched fingers celebration on the field and players like star running back Saquon Barkley using the “Tommy Cutlets” nickname on the sideline and yelling “Jersey!” to describe his white-hot teammate.
A sandwich shop in New Jersey, of course, was clearly the most natural host for a DeVito autograph appearance.
The DeVito legend is more than just being a star quarterback who won a state championship at New Jersey powerhouse Don Bosco Prep. It’s that he didn’t get selected in this year’s draft, latched onto the practice squad and wasn’t supposed to start this season since he was behind Daniel Jones and Tyrod Taylor.
But Jones and Taylor got injured, prompting DeVito into a starting role.
DeVito also embraces his Italian heritage and living home where he gets to eat his mom’s delicious chicken cutlets.
“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.”