The NY Giants is Devin Thomas’ third team since being drafted in 2008, and it’s where he was able to experience his first championship win after turning two fumbles into a Big Blue triumph.
by David Diehl // Photography by Jonavennci Divad // Styling by Kareem James // Grooming by Terrance Welcher
The odds were against the New York Giants all year long. The quarterback was questioned. The coach was criticized. The defense was hobbled. They nearly lost to rivals multiple times. They never had the opportunity to stop fighting – and they didn’t. The team fought through their persistence and overcame their adversities, squeezing into the playoff race at the best possible time. The G-Men had their struggles on and off throughout the season, but they entered the dance playing their best football yet. It’s in this high level competition that chances arise for individuals to make their mark – to become game-changers. And that window opened for a wide-out from Ann Arbor, Michigan. And it happened twice.
It’s a rarity for that possibility to even occur. Even scarcer is the reality that it be conquered in both situations. In the NFC Championship, the Giants matched up with the higher ranked San Francisco 49ers at their home Candlestick Park. It was a tight battle, and in those contests it only takes one or two breaks to sway the momentum and, in turn, the game. Devin Thomas, the recently acquired 24-year-old Giants wide receiver and special team’s threat, made two game-changing plays as he recovered two integral San Fran fumbles that led to NY scores. It never happens that way.
“I was so exhausted after that game. I was on the plane ride home and it was amazing to realize we were going to the Super Bowl. And I had a hand in it,” Thomas reveals. “We went through so much that season as a team. It felt great. To be playing on the special teams and make something happen at such an important time to help the team. To be ‘Johnny-on-the-spot’ couldn’t have been any sweeter. I just noticed the one fumble hit the opponent’s knee and sprang to get my hands on that ball. Obviously, it was tense when the game went to overtime. When I jumped on the ball that second fumble and knew that we were in field goal range already, I was ecstatic. I couldn’t wish it any better.”
This, of course, led to the second Super Bowl of the Eli Manning Era, and sprouted a world of opportunity for young Thomas, since winning in the Big Apple for a multi-talented potential superstar can be limitless. With this sort of exposure and success, Devin Thomas would certainly test the waters in other industries and has already scratched the surface with appearances in music videos and multimedia magazines. And don’t forget about his constant showing on female interest-oriented websites and blogs.
“Oh my goodness. I felt so heroic. I felt like something out of a comic book. Like a superhero defeating the enemy. Everybody’s shit going crazy. The parade for the Super Bowl win was the best feeling in the world. It just goes to show what an amazing city this is. It’s where dreams come true,” Thomas says. “That energy made me want to experiment within other areas. I would love to get involved with the movie business, and the first thing that became available to me was the lead role in a Fantasia music video. I was excited and jumped in. Fantasia is a spectacular artist and I was amped about the experience. It was a learning process; I was surprised with the time it takes for the production. We were there all day and it only created like three and a half minutes. It was crazy to see how much effort was necessary, but I’m looking forward to getting involved in more projects. I certainly would like to consider the big screen a goal of mine. I’m pushing towards that. Film was something that always interested me. At this point, it would be a dream to get a hold of a script and be a part of something great.”