Amadeo is a gamer and a survivor of the Jacksonville, Florida, "Madden NFL 19" tournament shooting on Aug. 26, and he has experienced some of his own "Fitz-magic."
Recovering in the hospital from a gunshot wound to his foot and ankle area, Amadeo received a special 18th birthday surprise when Fitzpatrick called to wish him well on his big day on Aug. 29.
Amadeo is a New York Jets fan from Middletown, New Jersey. He said he became a fan of Fitzpatrick's while the quarterback was in his first year with the Jets in 2015 and has followed him ever since, even using the gamer tag "FitzMagic13."
"Ryan's a stand-up guy," Amadeo said. "I didn't expect anything like that to happen."
Fitzpatrick then sent him an autographed jersey with a message: "Happy 18th Bday George!! Get well soon and keep up that FITZMAGIC."
While I was in the hospital, Ryan Fitzpatrick called me for my birthday. He then sent me this, out of all the names that I could have picked I'm glad I picked his. Ryan is a standup guy and this made my day. pic.twitter.com/1tYuAnGLPO— Fitzmagic13 (@fitzmagic13) September 4, 2018
"It was totally unexpected and brightened my spirits during a very dark time," said Amadeo, who is now out of the hospital.
When asked during Buccaneers availability this week, Fitzpatrick wouldn't reveal how he tracked down Amadeo, only flashing a big smile knowing that he was able to lift Amadeo's spirits.
"That's just who Ryan is as a person. Just him going above and beyond there for that kid -- it's just awesome," tight end Cameron Brate said. "It's a tragedy. A horrible thing that happened. Fitz is just an unbelievable teammate and an unbelievable guy to be around. We're all thankful we have him here as a teammate and as a friend."
Added tight end Alan Cross: "That just goes to show what type of guy he is. He just wants to make people smile, brighten people's days. ... Behind the scenes, beyond football, he's a good guy with a good heart. He's a good leader for his kids. They really look up to him."
Amadeo does, too -- even more so now that they share a personal connection.
So, how does Amadeo rate his new pal Fitzpatrick's performance last week in a division win against the Saints?
"It was Fitz-magic," he said.