New York Giants quarterback Tommy DeVito, currently in the midst of a surge in popularity that neither he nor anyone else saw coming, is learning that fame, 15 minutes or otherwise, comes with a price.
The whole pizza place controversy that came to light this week, where Coniglio’s pizzeria in New Jersey balked when Devito’s appearance fee for a two-hour meet-and-greet was raised from $10,000 to $20,000 by his agent, Sean Stellato, drove home that lesson.
“Everything you do is under a microscope times a hundred, even more now,” DeVito said on Wednesday. “Anything that happens is going to be in some kind of article somewhere, like how this happened. I’m sure if this happened a month ago, it probably wouldn’t or would not have happened how it did, but it did.”
DeVito now has a marketing rep to handle non-football matters, and cleaned up the Coniglio’s mess by appearing there for free on Tuesday. It was a lesson learned for the New Jersey high school hero who has had an unforeseen ascension to being the Giants’ starting quarterback.
Whatever is going on around him, DeVito said he knows he has to “just continue to be yourself.”
“I’ve always kind of been like that throughout high school, college. I know how it is at the quarterback position no matter what level it is,” he said. “Obviously, now it’s more, but you’ve got to be yourself and be a good person at all times.”
With a real marketing team now, Devito is better equipped to handle the outside distractions of his sudden fame while focusing on playing quarterback for the Giants.
“That’s the way it is. I mean I don’t handle any talks until everything is finalized with a contract in front of my face and then I sign it. That’s the only time I like to know about what things are going on because that’s their job to figure out and do all that because I am here doing this,” DeVito said. “My family knows that, my agents know that, marketing team, everybody knows that. That’s part of the reason I live at home as well, so they can handle all that, so I don’t have to worry about anything but being here in the building.”