Saquon Barkley Pens Note To Giants Fans ... Please Respect My Decision

Saquon Barkley is trying to make peace with upset Giants fans ... saying in an emotional note to Big Blue late Thursday night that his move to the rival Eagles was simply a "business" decision.

The 27-year-old running back posted the message to his Instagram page ... two days after he spurned New York in favor of a three-year, $37.75 million deal with Philadelphia.

In his letter, Barkley thanked the Giants' org and their supporters for all the love they showed him the past six seasons ... before he seemed to explain that his move out of NY was all about dollars and cents.

"The last three days have been a whirlwind of emotions," he said, "but I wanted to take a minute to acknowledge all the Giants fans that have supported me and my family over the last six years."

"When I was drafted here," he continued, "I wanted my impact off the field to rival the accomplishments we had on it, and I can only hope that I came close to doing that."

"Ultimately the NFL is a business, and I hope that everyone can respect my decision."

The two-time Pro Bowler, of course, has received plenty of hate for leaving the Giants in free agency ... most notably from legendary tailback Tiki Barber, who said the former No. 2 overall pick was now "dead" to him.


Barkley famously clapped back on X, blasting Barber ... while adding he shouldn't be getting backlash because he "got the deal" he "wanted" from the Eagles -- not the Giants.

"You been a hater since I got to New York …," he wrote to Tiki, "and all the 'Dead to me' talk don’t smile in my face when you see me."

Seems Barkley's taking a more civil approach with angry Giants fans now ... only about six more months 'til we see how it'll work out for him.

Tiki Barber Rips Saquon For Eagles Signing ... Barkley Fires Back



3:32 PM PT -- Saquon Barkley is firing back at Tiki Barber ... accusing the NYG legend of hating on him even years before he opted to leave for the rival Eagles.

"you been a hater since I got to New York," Barkley said in a message to Barber on X. "… and all the 'Dead to me' talk don’t smile in my face when you see me."

Barkley added, "lol yup you’re the prime example of loyalty to a team.. I got the deal I wanted, secured more gm which wasn’t given to me before… so if fans are gonna hate me for that so be it! But I never turned my back on my teammates and always had theirs."

Tiki Barber is furious with Saquon Barkley for leaving the New York Giants in favor of the rival Philadelphia Eagles ... saying straight up Monday, "You're dead to me!!"

The NYG legend unleashed the harsh words on WFAN's "Evan and Tiki" just minutes after it was reported that Barkley will ink a three-year deal with Philly worth around $37 million when the new NFL year kicks off later this week.

"He's dead to us now," Barber said of Barkley. "You're dead to us, Saquon."

Tiki was hardly the only Big Blue supporter livid with the move -- numerous fans sounded off all afternoon on X as well.

Even Barber's cohost on the show, Shaun Morash, threw some shade Barkley's way too.

"By the way, Philly," he said, "enjoy the nine games he'll play next year. Enjoy, Philly. Enjoy."

Barber -- who played his whole 10-year NFL career with the Giants -- wasn't just mad at Barkley over the situation, though. He also admitted that the Giants mishandled the matter -- particularly by not franchise-tagging him this year.

Barkley was on Barber's mind even before Monday's news ... as just days ago he warned the 27-year-old tailback not to sign with the Eagles ... claiming it would be an insult to the Giants' legacy.

"Go to Baltimore!" he said. "Go to Houston! Go to L.A. Chargers! Do not go to the Philadelphia Eagles because if you do, that appreciation and respect and reverence that we all have for you, Saquon, will be lost. It will be gone"

"You’re going to turn into one of those people that we hate, and we don’t want that. We don’t. We’ll respect you, but we’ll hate you, and that’s not a good thing."

Sure doesn't seem like Tiki was lying.

Originally Published -- 2:07 PM PT

Saquon Barkley Moving On From Giants ... Set To Sign With Eagles

Saquon Barkley's playing days in New York are over ... the former Giants tailback just revealed he's signing with Philadelphia in free agency.

Barkley confirmed the news on his X page just minutes ago ... sharing two emojis of Eagles.

"Thank you to everyone who has shown me love and support over the past 6 years…," he wrote in a separate tweet. "Forever grateful! Excited for the next chapter."

According to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, Barkley will put pen to paper on a three-year, $37.75 million deal when the new league year kicks off later this week.

Saquon was taken by New York with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft ... and, outside of 2020 when he injured his knee, he's been arguably the team's biggest star.

In his six years with the team, Barkley racked up 5,211 rushing yards, 2,100 receiving yards and 47 total touchdowns.

But, his time in NY wasn't without drama -- at least when it came to contract negotiations.

Barkley made it clear last offseason he wasn't thrilled with his situation -- after the team couldn't get him a long-term deal following their franchise tag application.

With D'Andre Swift bolting from Philly to Chicago earlier in the day, Barkley is now expected to start immediately in Jalen Hurts' backfield.

Ex-NFL OL Chad Wheeler Sentenced To 81 Months In Prison ... For Attack On Girlfriend

Chad Wheeler -- a former New York Giants offensive lineman -- was just sentenced to 81 months in prison ... after he was convicted in November of roughing up his girlfriend during a violent encounter in 2021.

The 30-year-old learned his fate inside a King County, Wash. courtroom on Friday ... in front of some of his family and friends -- as well as the victim in the case, Alleah Taylor.

In addition to the nearly seven-year sentence, the judge also ordered Wheeler to have no contact with Taylor ... and to pay restitution as well. The sentence, according to court documents, is scheduled to begin immediately.

Wheeler was found guilty of one count of first-degree assault domestic violence back on Nov. 9 ... nearly three years after Taylor said he almost killed her during an altercation at their Washington apartment.


Taylor claimed Wheeler attacked her after she refused his orders to bow down to him. She alleged the football player grabbed her, threw her on a bed and choked her until she was unconscious.

Taylor said Wheeler was so violent, she suffered a concussion and an arm injury that required metal hardware to fix.

On Thursday night, just hours before Wheeler's sentencing took place, Taylor wrote on her X page, "Sending Chad to prison tomorrow!"

"I appreciate everyone that has supported me and the legal process to make this happen! It’s been a long road but we are finally here and finally receiving justice!"

Wheeler -- who was a member of the Seattle Seahawks at the time of the incident -- had initially blamed everything on a "manic episode."

NFL's Breece Hall Confronted By Angry Fan ... Carl Banks Intervenes



10:45 AM PT -- Breece Hall is breaking his silence on the incident ... saying, "If you know me you know I always show love!!! There’s a time and a place for everything but harassing me at baggage claim ain’t the time or place💯."

Breece also thanked Carl and "my guy Joe" for getting involved ... adding their presence helped keep the peace.

Breece Hall came face-to-face with an overzealous autograph seeker when he touched down in Jersey after a week of partying in Vegas at the Super Bowl ... and things got so tense, NY Giants legend Carl Banks stepped in to prevent things from escalating!

The incident went down last Sunday at Newark Airport just a few minutes after the 22-year-old got off his flight, while he was waiting at baggage claim ... when a fan *attempted* to get Breece's John Hancock.

For whatever reason, Hall, one of the best running backs in the NFL, didn't want to sign, so he declined ... and that's when things went south.

A witness heard the commotion and whipped out his phone and started rolling.

It's unclear exactly what was said/done to kick things off, but the fan was heard telling Hall, "So, be a man. If you're gonna slap me, slap me!"

61-year-old Banks, the 2x Super Bowl-winning Giants linebacker intervened, putting his 6'4" frame in between the fan and Breece, while encouraging the guy to keep it moving.

But, the guy wasn't done ... he continued jawing at Hall, who seemed to keep his cool despite the stressful situation.

At one point, another witness off-camera is heard warning the angry man, "It's a federal crime if you get in a fight at the airport."

Seemingly taking the advice, the man finally walks off ... but not before hurling one last insult at the NFL star.

"Get the f*** out of here, p****!"

As for why Banks assisted Hall, we asked Carl ... #58 said he wasn't going to stand by and let his buddy get screwed with.

Who says the Giants and Jets are rivals?

Originally Published -- 12:30 AM PT

La estrella de la NFL Breece Hall Se enfrenta a un fan enfadado



10:45 AM PT -- Breece Hall rompe su silencio sobre el incidente: "Si me conoces sabes que siempre muestro amor. Hay un momento y un lugar para todo, pero acosarme en la recogida de equipajes no es el momento ni el lugar💯".

Breece también agradeció a Carl y a "mi chico Joe" por involucrarse, añadiendo que su presencia ayudó a mantener la paz.

Breece Hall se encontró cara a cara con un buscador de autógrafos demasiado entusiasta cuando aterrizó en Jersey después de una semana de fiesta en Las Vegas por el Super Bowl, y las cosas se pusieron tan tensas, ¡que la leyenda de los NY Giants, Carl Banks, intervino para evitar que las cosas pasaran a mayores!

El incidente tuvo lugar el pasado domingo en el aeropuerto de Newark, solo unos minutos después de que el joven de 22 años bajara de su vuelo, mientras esperaba en la recogida de equipajes. Fue entonces cuando un fan comenzó a pedirle un autógrafo.

Por alguna razón, Hall -uno de los mejores corredores de la NFL- no quería firmar, por lo que declinó, y ahí es cuando las cosas se pusieron feas..

Un testigo escuchó la conmoción y sacó su teléfono para grabar.

No está claro exactamente lo que se dijeron o lo que pasó en un comienzo, pero el fan le dijo a Hall: "Sé un hombre. Si vas a abofetearme, abofetéame".

Banks, de 61 años de edad, intervino, poniendole fin al problema, mientras animaba al chico a seguir adelante.

Pero, el tipo no había terminado, continuó molestando a Hall, que parecía mantener la calma a pesar de la situación estresante.

En un momento dado, otro testigo fuera de cámara se escucha advirtiéndole al hombre enojado, "Es un delito federal si te metes en una pelea en el aeropuerto".

Aparentemente, siguiendo el consejo, el hombre finalmente se marcha, pero no sin antes lanzar un último insulto a la estrella de la NFL.

"¡Lárgate de aquí, p***, ****!".

En cuanto a por qué Banks ayudó a Hall, le preguntamos y dijo que no iba a quedarse de brazos cruzados mientras molestaban a su amigo.

¿Quién dice que los Giants y los Jets son rivales?

Publicado originalmente -- 12:30 AM PT

'Pawn Stars' We Got Your Super Bowl Rings!!! Serious Giants, Rams Swag

Rick Harrison and his "Pawn Stars" crew are looking to capitalize on the Super Bowl coming to town -- their shop's hawking some championship rings from recent Super Bowls.

The good folks at Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, featured on the reality show, tell TMZ ... they're selling a Super Bowl ring from the 2007 New York Giants for $77,500.

The '07 Giants beat Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII ... ruining the Patriots' undefeated season. This SB ring was owned by a team staffer, and it's made by Tiffany & Co.

Gold & Silver Pawn shop also has a ring from the 2021 Los Angeles Rams in its possession ... and it's going for a much more affordable $20,000. The Rams beat the Cincinnati Bengals in LVI on the strength of a touchdown pass from Matthew Stafford to Cooper Kupp in the final minutes.

The Rams championship ring is also from a team staffer, and we're told it's on sale for less than the Giants ring because there are way more NYG fans than Rams fans ... and Giants SB rings historically sell for higher prices than Rams rings.

Rick tells TMZ ... they get a lot of inquiries about their sports championship rings, but interest in Super Bowl rings is always higher around the Big Game.

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With Super Bowl LVIII going down in Vegas, Rick is hoping Giants and Rams fans win big money gambling this weekend. He says, "I'm guessing we might find them at our door once they wake up from celebrating Sunday night looking to own a ring from their favorite team."

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Gold & Silver Pawn is also selling AFC Championship rings previously owned by NFL players ... including one from the 2011 Patriots for $32,500, and another from the 1989 Denver Broncos for $40,000.

It's worth noting ... player rings are a little different than staff rings, and player rings are more valuable, and thus, come with higher price tags.

We're told Rick's pawn shop does not give out player names unless potential buyers show they're serious.

Darren Waller Not Splitting From Kelsey Plum ... Just Some TikTok Fun!!!

Darren Waller is addressing all the speculation surrounding his marriage -- adamantly denying he is heading for divorce from his wife, WNBA superstar Kelsey Plum ... and explaining the recent TikTok that sparked the rumors was nothing more than some internet shenanigans.

The New York Giants tight end raised some eyebrows with his social media activity this week ... when he posted a video of himself dancing to a remixed breakup song and including the caption, "Stay strong kings!!! 🤣 #fyp #explore #men #heartbroken #music #vibes."

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Some folks took the clip at face value and assumed Waller and Plum were taking a trip to Splitsville ... but TMZ Sports spoke with the Pro Bowler, and he tells us that couldn't be further from the truth.

Waller explained he was just goofing around with his sample of The Delfonics song, "Think It Over" ... and he's surprised with how people took it.

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As we previously reported, Waller and Plum got hitched back in March 2023 ... at a beautiful ceremony in front of their closest friends and family.

Everybody take a deep breath. Love still exists.

Odell Beckham Jr. Giants Wanted To 'F*** Me Over' ... With Browns Trade

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Odell Beckham Jr. believes the New York Giants were trying to sabotage his career by shipping him to the Cleveland Browns in 2019 ... revealing he felt his old team made the trade just to "f*** me over."

OBJ spoke his mind on his Ravens teammate Marlon Humphrey’s "Punch Line Podcast" earlier this week ... when he opened up on his eventual departure from the organization that drafted him in 2014.

"There’s a semi bit of me that feels like the Giants sent me off, I’ve said it before, sent me off to Cleveland to die," Odell said ... adding he felt there were better deals on the table with contenders, but NY chose the less favorable destination.

"You can't tell me this was the best trade package we could have got for you ... no, your desire was to kind of f*** me over a little bit."

Beckham and defensive end Olivier Vernon were traded to The Land in exchange for safety Jabrill Peppers, guard Kevin Zeitler and a first and third-round pick ... the former eventually becoming Giants defensive tackle Dexter Lawrence, a staple for the franchise.

Beckham Jr. started off hot in the Big Apple ... but things quickly turned sour. He became just as famous for his on-field success as his antics off it, including sideline outbursts.

The current Ravens receiver believes the team didn't like the way he handled himself in the latter part of his Giants tenure ... which is why he thinks they screwed him over when he asked to be traded.

"You feel like I made a fool of you or the organization and that was never truly my intention ... I'm just that competitive," OBJ added. "I wanted to win, I always wanted to win. I’m tired of being 6-10, we haven’t done anything to make changes."

Odell said his urgency to win also had to do with his quarterback at the time, Eli Manning ... who was on the backend of his career.

"Eli's going out, I'm texting Eli like, 'You're 7th on the list for the greatest of all time.' I want to see Eli go out with another Super Bowl. We're not putting the pieces around him ... I feel like I was being wasted as well."

Odell also revealed how he found out he was traded ... saying he was overseas at the time, and the whole situation was "a lot" for him.

"To me, whether that's right, wrong or indifferent, it felt like a move that had a bit of spite a bit of like ... you're not finna go somewhere else and shine and make us look bad."

Odell was later cut by the Browns after three seasons -- he went on to win a Super Bowl with the Rams before joining the Ravens in 2023, where he is currently pursuing another championship ring.

Jalen Hurts Suffers Gnarly Finger Injury In Eagles' Loss

The Philadelphia Eagles not only lost to the Giants on Sunday, their star quarterback nearly lost function of an important digit on his throwing hand too.

Jalen Hurts suffered the gnarly finger injury during the second quarter of Philly's game against New York ... after the signal-caller banged his hand on linebacker Bobby Okereke's during a pass attempt.

Replays showed the collision with the Giants star was so violent, it popped Hurts' finger right out of place.

To his credit, Hurts hardly flinched ... and after a short trip to the medical tent, he somehow returned to the field.

A few minutes later, though, head coach Nick Sirianni pulled Hurts and other key starters as it became apparent the Eagles were going to lose the game.

After the 27-10 loss, Hurts said his injury felt "OK," but he wasn't immediately sure if he'd be available for Philadelphia's Monday Night Football playoff game against the Buccaneers.

Super Bowl Champ Derrick Ward Charged With Five Felonies ... After Allegedly Robbing L.A. Businesses

Derrick Ward is now facing some serious time behind bars after his alleged robbery spree ... 'cause TMZ Sports has learned he's just been hit with FIVE felony charges in the case.

According to court records, prosecutors levied the counts against the Super Bowl champion on Wednesday -- just two days after he was arrested.

The records show all five charges against Ward were second-degree robbery.

We broke the story, the ex-New York Giants tailback was thrown in jail on Monday afternoon following allegations he used force and fear to rob establishments in the Los Angeles area, including gas stations.

Jail records show as of Thursday morning, he still has not been released from police custody.

Ward played in the NFL from 2004 to 2011 -- helping New York beat Tom Brady's undefeated Patriots in SB XLII -- and he had such a fine career, he at one point signed a $17 million contract with the Buccaneers.

He finished his NFL tenure with 2,628 rushing yards and 12 total TDs.

Tommy DeVito's Agent Apologizes For Pizza Shop Drama ... Wasn't My Intention!!!

Tommy DeVito's agent is owning up to his role in the now-squashed beef with a local pizza shop ... saying he's sorry for the miscommunication, and is now solely focused on the Giants quarterback's on-field affairs.

As we previously reported, the owner of Coniglio's Old Fashioned in Morristown, NJ recently dragged Tommy Cutlets' team ... after he claimed they initially agreed to appear at the restaurant for $10,000 -- but doubled the fee after DeVito helped the G-Men beat the Packers on Dec. 11.

The undrafted rookie made up for it all this week ... showing up to Coniglio's for free and spending hours with patrons.

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Sean Stellato addressed the drama in an appearance with Fox Business ... and while he confirmed he's still DeVito's football agent, he's no longer handling his off-field opportunities.

"There was obviously a miscommunication, and if I caused that, then I apologize," Stellato explained. "That wasn’t my intention. Like I said, we're focused on playing football."

Stellato also said DeVito's marketing team is "fielding calls around the clock" following his rise to fame ... but is carefully picking which brands to get in bed with.

As for the pizza shop mishap, the agent says he is looking to get past it all ... and said DeVito will be making another unpaid appearance at Coniglio's for a charity event next month.

"In life, sometimes there’s miscommunication," he said. "I’m owning up to that. My intentions have always been to represent the client as best I can. I have a fiduciary duty both on and off the field, and I apologize if any miscommunications that I caused, I really do, my intent wasn’t that. We’re ready to move forward. This is obviously behind us."

Tommy DeVito Buries Hatchet W/ NJ Pizza Place ... After Dispute W/ Owners

Deep breath paisanos, PR crisis averted for Tommy DeVito! 😰

Just hours after the NYG signal caller caught grief online, DeVito made things right with a local Jersey restaurant owner and fans by showing up and hanging out with a gang of Big Blue fans ... where he took photos, signed autographs, and ate!

The controversy started this week when the owners of Coniglio's Old Fashioned pizzeria in Morristown (NJ) accused the 25-year-old rookie of going back on his word, alleging Tommy agreed to a $10k appearance fee, only to double his rate after the Giants' big MNF win over the Packers on December 11.

But, we're told the whole thing was just a big misunderstanding.

Sean Salci, DeVito's marketing agent and attorney, told us his client wasn't aware of what was going on, and there was never a concrete deal in place.

Still, DeVito was criticized, and the young signal caller wanted to make everyone happy ... so he made a surprise appearance at the pizza parlor.

"DeVito and the owner made good," Salci said. "He got the full experience today."

There hasn't been a more popular player across the league over the last month than DeVito -- an undrafted rookie (2023) -- who took over the starting job when Daniel Jones and Tyrod Taylor went down with injuries.

The Giants play the Eagles on Christmas Eve ... and for the time being, all's well in North Jersey.

Tommy DeVito Rocks Fuchsia Jacket To 'MNF' ... Then Leads Giants To Upset Win!!!

The lore of Tommy DeVito grew tenfold on Monday night ... 'cause not only did he pull off an improbable win over the Packers -- he did it while rockin' a furry, fuchsia jacket to the stadium!!

The rookie New York quarterback -- who began the year as the No. 3 signal-caller for the G-Men -- lit it up against Green Bay despite being a 5.5-point underdog at home ... helping lead his team to a last-second, 24-22 victory.

And, both before and after the contest, he turned heads with his outfit choice -- sportin' a loud fuzzy 'fit that he wore proudly!!!

Of course, the undrafted free agent -- who's gained fame for the way he leans heavily into his Italian-American heritage -- wasn't the only person in the DeVito clan drawing attention at MetLife ... his agent, Sean Stellato, got plenty of social media love for his threads choice too.

The DeVito rep was seen sportin' an all-black, pinstriped suit topped off with a fedora ... that many online said made him look like a character out of "The Sopranos."

DeVito's family, meanwhile, had a blast while watching the 25-year-old knife through Green Bay's defense during the primetime game ... they had a huge, Italian-themed meal in the parking lot before the contest started -- and then cameras showed them kissin' on each other in the stands after big DeVito plays.

Following the exciting night, DeVito -- who's gained the nickname "Tommy Cutlets" after starting four games following injuries to Daniel Jones and Tyrod Taylor -- was cool as a cucumber talking about his game-winning drive at the postgame podium ... telling reporters, "I enjoy being on the field any play, no matter what play it is."

"So," he added, "I'm just trying to enjoy it."

NFL's Xavier McKinney My New Ink Snaps!!! ... Gets Giant Torso Tat Featuring Thanos Image

NY Giants star Xavier McKinney plays on the gridiron like a comic book villain ... and now, after getting a huge torso tattoo, his stomach art matches his game!!

The 24-year-old safety recently hit up LeBron James' ink artist, Ganga, for the piece ... and it turned out awesome.

His abs are now covered by an image of a pissed-off Thanos ruling over a smoldering city. On one of his obliques, meanwhile, he got a pic of the Joker put down -- and on the other, Ganga drew on "Guardians of the Galaxy" character Groot.

Ganga also touched up some of McKinney's other tats that he had gotten previously ... while adding the words, "Most Wanted" and "Beware of Dog" as well.

The NFL player was clearly thrilled with the final results ... sharing pics of his new ink while writing in a caption, "Tattoos over war wounds .."

"Special thanks to my brother @gangatattoo and all the artist who helped bring this piece to life."

McKinney will have to wait a couple days to show it all off on an NFL field -- the Giants don't play until Monday night against the Packers -- but if McKinney snaps (get it?!) then, don't be surprised!!!


Las cosas siguen empeorando para los Gigantes de Nueva York. Eñ mariscal de campo Daniel Jones  —que firmó una extensión de contrato esta temporada— se rompió el ligamento cruzado anterior durante la derrota por goleada del domingo.

El entrenador en jefe de los NYG, Brian Daboll, reveló los resultados de la resonancia magnética el lunes, anunciando que el mariscal de campo de 26 años se someterá a una cirugía para reparar el desgarro que sufrió contra los Raiders en Las Vegas.

Daboll, en su segunda temporada como HC de los Giants, temió que el diagnóstico fuera grave después de ver cómo la rodilla de Jones se doblaba en la primera mitad.

"Es duro. Nunca quieres que tus chicos caigan", dijo Daboll en la conferencia de prensa posterior al partido del domingo.

"Ha trabajado muy duro para volver y es desafortunado".

Jones jugaba en su primer partido de vuelta desde que se lesionó el cuello varias semanas antes, lo que le obligó a perderse un puñado de partidos.

La devastadora lesión se produce pocos meses después de que DJ firmara un contrato de cuatro años por un valor de 160 millones de dólares esta temporada baja, luego de una gran temporada 2022, la mejor de su carrera.

La campaña 2023 de Jones, antes del desgarro del LCA, había sido muy diferente. Daniel lanzó para solo 909 yardas y dos touchdowns, mientras que lanzó 6 intercepciones. Para ser justos, fue saqueado 30 veces.

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La lesión deja a los Gigantes con solo un QB en la lista. Tyrod Taylor está en el hospital con una lesión en las costillas que sufrió en la octava semana, dejando al novato no reclutado Tommy DeVito como el único QB saludable.

DeVito, nativo de Nueva Jersey, lanzó para 175 yardas y un touchdown el domingo. También hizo dos picks.

¡Mejórate, DJ!

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