When Stephon Gilmore came to visit to the New England Patriots from the Buffalo Payments, he went from being an excellent cornerback to being an elite participant on the place.

Gilmore credit the Patriots’ group for his particular person success.

“Me in Buffalo, the primary 5 years, I had 4 completely different defensive coordinators, three completely different head coaches, so I used to be type of attempting to study every 12 months,” Gilmore instructed Mass Stay. “As soon as I received to New England, I received some consistency and the identical guys round, identical coaches. I really feel like that’s the reason my sport took off extra.”

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Gilmore signed a five-year, $65 million contract with the Patriots again in 2017, and after a subpar first season, he was in a position to settle in and actually get away throughout his second 12 months with the workforce. He performed all 16 video games and got here away with 45 tackles, a pair of picks, two compelled fumbles, a fumble restoration, and 20 passes defended. Gilmore made the Professional Bowl and earned a first-team All-Professional choice.

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Final season, Gilmore took his sport to a different stage. He had 53 tackles with six interceptions, a fumble restoration, 20 passes defended, and two defensive touchdowns, which as soon as once more earned him a Professional Bowl nod in addition to first-team All-Professional honors, however Gilmore was acknowledged because the NFL Defensive Participant of the Yr.

Gilmore was a first-round draft decide of the Payments in 2012. He spent 5 seasons with Buffalo.