While rookie Tommy DeVito may be the New York Giants' shining new star, it's his sports agent that has everyone in awe.
On December 11, the Giants beat the Green Bay Packers at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The team's unlikely hero, undrafted quarterback DeVito, led the Giants to a 24-22 victory, their first three-game winning streak since 2022.
However, his agent Sean Stellato stole the show during ESPN's “Monday Night Football” broadcast. Before the game, cameras captured the 25-year-old New Jersey native with Stellato on the field. Although DeVito — whose nickname is “Tommy Cutlets” — has often warned fans about his Italian-American heritage, it was Stellato who definitely fit the bill.
The 45-year-old agent was seen wearing a black pinstriped blazer, a white handkerchief in the front pocket of his jacket and a black turtleneck underneath. He accessorized the look with nothing less than a black fedora, as he was spotted chatting excitedly on his cell phone.
Unsurprisingly, it didn't take long for NFL fans to make jokes about the New Jerseyans and compare Stellato — who is also Italian-American — to something that looked like a classic mobster movie or TV show.
“This is Tommy DeVito’s agent. Straight from a movie,” wrote one fan on X, formerly known as Twitter.
“This is a deleted scene from The Sopranos?” someone else asked, while someone else joked, “The agent will be played by Joe Pesci in the film.”
“Tommy DeVito is literally the embodiment of every Italian New Yorker stereotype,” another user pointed out. “He IS glorious.”
Someone said, “You can’t tell me this isn’t a SNL skit.”
Even former Giants player Eli Manning and his older brother Peyton Manning couldn't help but joke about Stellato's look. during the ESPN simulcast. “He looks like Johnny Fontane from The Godfather,” Peyton told her brother.
Stellato and the NFL rookie's family stole the show once again when cameras captured DeVito's dad – Tom DeVito – gave the sports agent a big kiss on the cheek after a big play. Stellato then returned the gesture, while ESPN commentator Joe Buck shouted during the footage, “They’re kissing everywhere!”
He added: “This guy, the agent, could break the internet.”
According to your website Stellato Enhanced Sports, the sports agent was born in Salem, Massachusetts, where he also played quarterback at Salem High School. His client list includes former running back Alfred Morris, former Giants running back Shaun Draughn, former Eagles defensive end Bryan Braman, former Seahawks cornerback Tye Smith and former defensive end Ryan Delaire.
Stellato is a member of the National Italian-American Sports Hall of Fame and was recently honored by the Italian consulate in Boston. “My grandfather immigrated from Sambiase, on the coast of Calabria, Italy,” said Stellato Salem news earlier this month. “The boat they were on was the SS Canopic and they were in third class, the lowest possible form of maritime transport. They were shoemakers and they arrived with $14 to their name, which is incredible. It’s one thing to pursue the American dream and another to actually take that leap of faith.”
“The values that my ancestors carried across the Atlantic have not changed: hard work, faith, generosity and courage,” he added.
DeVito, who went undrafted in 2023 but was later signed by the Giants as an undrafted free agent, hasn't shied away from discussing his Italian-American roots. In fact, his family treated fans outside Metlife Stadium to a feast of fried chicken cutlet sandwiches topped with fresh mozzarella, roasted peppers and balsamic glaze, as well as trays of pasta, sausage and peppers on Monday night. .
In November, DeVito admitted that he still lives with his parents in Cedar Grove, New Jersey, because their home is just a 12-minute drive from the team's training facility. Plus, his mom – Lexy DeVito – still cooks for him.
“I don’t have to worry about laundry, what I’m going to eat for dinner, chicken cutlets and everything that awaits me when I get there,” he told ESPN. “My mother still makes my bed. Everything is taken care of 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.”
“It was obvious to me,” DeVito added. “The decision was made because this level of football is stressful for a newcomer, especially in the defender position. There's a lot going on, a lot of meetings. So everything outside of football is handled by my family.”