Stephon Gilmore

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Stephon Gilmore
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Gilmore in 2019
No. 24 – New England Patriots
Personal information
Born: (1990-09-19) September 19, 1990 (age 29)
Rock Hill, South Carolina
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:202 lb (92 kg)
Career information
High school:South Pointe
(Rock Hill, South Carolina)
College:South Carolina
NFL Draft:2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 6, 2019
Total tackles:343
Forced fumbles:6
Fumble recoveries:1
Pass deflections:99
Defensive touchdowns:1
Player stats at
Player stats at PFR

Stephon Stiles Gilmore (born September 19, 1990) is an American football cornerback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL).

High school career[edit]

Gilmore attended South Pointe High School in Rock Hill, South Carolina, where he played football, basketball and ran track. In football, he was a two-way player as quarterback and defensive back, and helped his team to a perfect 15–0 record and the SCHSL AAAA Division II title as a senior. Among his teammates were DeVonte Holloman and Jadeveon Clowney. Playing quarterback on offense, Gilmore rushed for 1,331 yards and 23 touchdowns and passed for 1,771 yards with 14 scores. He earned first-team all-state honors by The State and was named an All-American by Parade and EA Sports. He was also named Mr. Football for the state of South Carolina.

In track & field, Gilmore competed as a sprinter during his junior year in 2008. He recorded a PR of 11.41 seconds in the 100 meters in the prelims of the Taco Bell Classic.[1] At the York County Meet, he took 5th in the 200 meters, at 23.14 seconds, and placed 9th in the 400 meters, with a time of 54.94 seconds.[2] He was also a member of the 4 × 100 m relay (43.10s) squad.

Considered a four-star recruit by, Gilmore was listed as the No. 2 overall prospect from South Carolina in the class of 2009.[3] He chose South Carolina over Alabama, Tennessee, and Clemson.

College career[edit]

Gilmore graduated from South Pointe High School in December 2008 to enroll at South Carolina early, and participate in spring practice. It worked out, as he came out of spring as a starter at cornerback. Appearing in all 12 games for the Gamecocks, Gilmore was the rare true freshman to start at cornerback in the Southeastern Conference in 2009. He had 52 tackles, five tackles for loss, two sacks, and nine passes defended, which earned him Freshman All-American honors by College Football News and Phil Steele.[4] He has occasionally appeared on offense, with a career total of 3 attempted passes (2 complete) and 6 rushes during regular season games. He also completed a 29-yard pass to Alshon Jeffery in the 4th quarter of the 2010 Chick-fil-A Bowl.

Professional career[edit]

Gilmore was one of 37 defensive backs to attend the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana and completed all of the required combine drills. He finished second among all defensive backs in the short shuttle, tied for fourth in the 40-yard dash and the three-cone drill, finished sixth in the broad jump, and seventh in the vertical jump.[5] On March 28, 2012, Gilmore attended South Carolina's pro day, along with Alshon Jeffrey, Antonio Allen, Melvin Ingram, and 11 other prospects.[6] He opted to stand on his combine numbers and only run positional drills for scouts and team representatives from all 32 NFL teams, including then-New York Jets' head coach Rex Ryan.[7] At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, Gilmore was projected to be a first round pick by NFL draft experts and scouts. He was ranked the second best cornerback prospect in the draft by, NFL analyst Mike Mayock, and NFL analyst Adam Rank.[8][9][10]

External video
Stephon Gilmore's Combine workout
Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 0 12 in
(1.84 m)
190 lb
(86 kg)
31 in
(0.79 m)
9 14 in
(0.23 m)
4.40 s 1.47 s 2.40 s 3.94 s 6.61 s 36 in
(0.91 m)
10 ft 3 in
(3.12 m)
15 reps
All values from NFL Combine.[11]

Buffalo Bills[edit]

The Buffalo Bills selected Gilmore in the first round (10th overall) of the 2012 NFL Draft. He was the second cornerback selected behind Morris Claiborne and was the highest selected Gamecocks' cornerback since Dunta Robinson in 2004.

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Buffalo Bills select Stephon Gilmore

2012 season: Rookie year[edit]

Gilmore in 2012

On May 17, 2012, the Bills signed Gilmore to a four-year, $12.08 million rookie contract that is fully guaranteed and also includes a signing bonus of $7.22 million with a fifth-year option.[12]

Gilmore entered training camp slated as the No. 1 starting cornerback, alongside Aaron Williams. Head coach Chan Gailey named Gilmore and Williams the starting cornerbacks to begin the regular season.[13]

Gilmore made his professional regular season debut and first NFL start in the Bills' season-opener at the New York Jets and recorded five combined tackles during a 48–28 loss. The following week, he recorded a season-high seven solo tackles in the Bills' 35–17 win against the Kansas City Chiefs. On December 9, Gilmore collected two combined tackles and recorded his first NFL interception off of a pass by quarterback Sam Bradford during a 15–12 loss to the St. Louis Rams.

Gilmore finished his rookie season with 61 combined tackles (52 solo), 16 pass deflections, and one interception in 16 games and 16 starts.[14] The Buffalo Bills finished with a 6-10 record and did not qualify for the playoffs. On December 31, 2012, the Buffalo Bills fired head coach Chan Gailey after the third consecutive season of finishing last in the AFC East.[15]

2013 season[edit]

On April 3, 2013, Gilmore changed his jersey number from No. 27 to No. 24 after it became available due to the departure of Terrence McGee in free agency.[16] He entered training camp slated as the starting cornerback alongside Leodis McKelvin.[17] On August 24, Gilmore recorded five combined tackles during the Bills' third preseason game at the Washington Redskins. He left in the third quarter of the 30–17 loss after suffering an injury to his wrist. On August 26, head coach Doug Marrone announced Gilmore suffered a fractured wrist, had undergone surgery, and was expected to miss 6-8 weeks.[18]

Gilmore returned in Week 6 and recorded three combined tackles during a 27–24 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. On November 3, he recorded a season-high seven combined tackles as the Bills lost to the Kansas City Chiefs 23–13. On December 8, he made two combined tackles, two pass deflections, and intercepted Mike Glennon during a 27–6 loss at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[19]

Gilmore finished his second season with 35 combined tackles (30 solo), ten pass deflections, and two interceptions in 11 games and nine starts.[20]

2014 season[edit]

Gilmore in 2014

On January 25, 2014, the Bills hired former Lions' head coach Jim Schwartz as their new defensive coordinator after Mike Pettine departed to accept the head coaching position with the Cleveland Browns.[21] Head coach Doug Marrone named Gilmore and McKelvin the starting cornerbacks to begin the 2014 regular season.[22] Gilmore missed the Bills' 23–20 season-opening victory at the Chicago Bears after he sustained a groin injury.[23] On September 21, he recorded a season-high six solo tackles during a 22–10 loss to the San Diego Chargers. In Week 8, Gilmore collected five combined tackles, deflected a pass, and intercepted quarterback Geno Smith during a 43–23 victory at the New York Jets.[24] Gilmore missed the Bills' Weeks 17 victory at the New England Patriots after he suffered a concussion during a 26–24 loss at the Oakland Raiders the previous week.[25]

Gilmore finished his third season with 46 combined tackles (38 solo), six pass deflections, and three interceptions in 14 games and 14 starts.[20] The Bills finished second in the AFC East with a 9-7 record but did not qualify for the playoffs. On December 31, 2014, Marrone announced his resignation as the head coach of the Buffalo Bills.[26]

2015 season[edit]

Stephon Gilmore at practice

On August 28, the Buffalo Bills exercised the fifth-year option on Gilmore's rookie contract, paying him a salary of $11.08 million for 2016.[27] New head coach Rex Ryan named Gilmore and Ronald Darby the starting cornerback duo to begin the regular season.[28]

Gilmore started the Bills' season-opener against the Indianapolis Colts and recorded a season-high six solo tackles during a 27–14 victory. During Week 5 against the Tennessee Titans, he recorded one solo tackle, a career-high four pass deflections, and an interception during a 14–13 victory. On December 6, Gilmore collected two combined tackles before leaving the 30–21 win against the Houston Texans after suffering a shoulder injury while tackling running back Akeem Hunt.[29] On December 16, the Buffalo Bills placed Gilmore on injured reserve for the rest of the season after he underwent surgery the previous day to repair his torn labrum.[30] Gilmore finished his first season under defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman with 36 solo tackles, a career-high 18 pass deflections, and three interceptions in 12 games and 12 starts.[20] The Bills did not qualify for the playoffs after finishing with an 8-8 record.

2016 season[edit]

Head coach Rex Ryan retained Darby and Gilmore as the starting cornerbacks to start the 2016 season.[31] In Week 2, Gilmore collected a season-high six solo tackles during the Bills' 37-31 loss to the New York Jets. The next week, he made three combined tackles, four pass deflections, and intercepted Arizona Cardinals' quarterback Carson Palmer twice in their 33–18 victory. This marked his first multi-interception game of his career.[32] On November 20, Gilmore made six combined tackles, three pass deflections, and intercepted quarterback Andy Dalton twice during the Bills' 16–12 victory at the Cincinnati Bengals.[33]

On December 27, the Buffalo Bills fired head coach Rex Ryan after losing to the Miami Dolphins and falling to 7-8. Running backs coach Anthony Lynn was appointed to interim head coach for the last game of the season.[34] Gilmore was inactive for the Bills' 30–10 Week 17 loss at the New York Jets after he sustained a concussion the previous week against the Dolphins.[35]

Gilmore finished the season with 48 combined tackles (42 solo), 12 pass deflections, and a career-high five interceptions in 15 games and 15 starts. His five interceptions were the most by a Bills' player since Jairus Byrd intercepted five passes in 2012.[36] On January 23, 2017, the Buffalo Bills announced that Gilmore was voted to the 2017 Pro Bowl. He also received the Ed Block Courage Award.[37]

2017 season[edit]

The Bills hired Sean McDermott to be their new head coach and he declined to franchise tag Gilmore.[38] He entered contract negotiations with the Chicago Bears, but was unable to reach a deal.[39]

New England Patriots[edit]

On March 9, 2017, the New England Patriots signed Gilmore to a five-year, $65 million contract that includes $31 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $18 million.[40][41][12]

2017 season[edit]

Head coach Bill Belichick named Gilmore the No. 1 starting cornerback alongside Malcolm Butler.[42] He made his Patriots' debut in the season-opener against the Kansas City Chiefs and recorded four combined tackles and deflected a pass during a 42-27 loss. He missed three games (Weeks 6-8) after suffering a concussion during a Week 5 victory at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.[43] On December 17, 2017, Gilmore recorded a career-high eight solo tackles and broke up a pass during a 27-24 win at the Pittsburgh Steelers. Gilmore finished his first season with the Patriots with a career-high 50 combined tackles (47 solo), nine pass deflections, and two interceptions in 13 games and 13 starts.[20]

The New England Patriots finished atop the AFC East with a 13-3 record and received a first-round bye. On January 13, 2018, Gilmore started in his first career playoff game and recorded one tackle and two pass deflections as the Patriots defeated the Tennessee Titans 35-14 in the AFC Divisional round. After defeating the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Championship Game, the Patriots would go on to face the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl. In the AFC Championship Game, Gilmore had a key pass deflection late in the fourth quarter.[44][45][46] On February 4, 2018, Gilmore started in Super Bowl LII and recorded four solo tackles and two pass deflections during the Patriots' 41-33 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.[47]

2018 season[edit]

Gilmore entered the 2018 season as the Patriots No. 1 cornerback alongside Eric Rowe. In Week 1, Gilmore recorded a season-high eight combined tackles, two pass deflections and an interception in a 27-20 win over the Houston Texans. In Week 12, he recorded three pass deflections and an interception in a 27-13 win over the New York Jets. He started all 16 games, finishing the season second in the league with 20 passes defensed. He was named to his second Pro Bowl, was named first-team All-Pro, and was the highest graded cornerback in the league by Pro Football Focus.[48][49]

In the Divisional Round of the playoffs against the Los Angeles Chargers, Gilmore recorded a team high 2 passes defended and intercepted a pass from Philip Rivers that was intended for Keenan Allen in the 41-28 win. [50] In the AFC Championship game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Gilmore recorded 1 tackle in the 37-31 overtime win. [51] During Super Bowl LIII against the Los Angeles Rams, Gilmore intercepted a 4th quarter throw from quarterback Jared Goff that was intended for former teammate Brandin Cooks to seal a 13-3 victory for the Patriots. [52]

2019 season[edit]

Coming off of the best year of his career thus far, Gilmore was named the number one cornerback alongside Jason McCourty.

In Week 2 against the Miami Dolphins, Gilmore intercepted former teammate Ryan Fitzpatrick and returned it for a 50 yard touchdown as the Patriots won 43-0. This was Gilmore's first interception of the season and it was his first career pick six. [53] In week 6 against the New York Giants, Gilmore recorded 5 passes defended and a toe tapping interception off Daniel Jones on the sideline in the 35-14 win. [54] He allowed a 0.0 passer rating when targeted during the game. [55] After the game, former Patriots' cornerback Darrelle Revis said that Gilmore is "by far the best corner in the league right now." [56]

NFL statistics[edit]

Team won the Super Bowl
Bold Career high

Regular season[edit]

Year Team Games Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
GP GS Comb Total Ast Sack PD INT Yds Avg Lng TD FF FR
2012 BUF 16 16 60 51 9 0.0 16 1 23 23.0 0 0 2 0
2013 BUF 11 9 35 30 5 0.0 10 2 0 0.0 0 0 0 1
2014 BUF 14 14 46 38 8 0.0 6 3 61 20.3 27 0 1 0
2015 BUF 12 12 36 36 0 0.0 18 3 33 11.0 29 0 0 0
2016 BUF 15 15 48 42 6 0.0 12 5 135 27.0 49 0 0 0
2017 NE 13 13 50 47 3 0.0 9 2 59 29.5 39 0 0 0
2018 NE 16 16 45 40 5 1.0 20 2 0 0.0 0 0 2 0
Career 97 95 320 284 36 1.0 91 18 311 17.3 49 0 5 1


Year Team Games Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
GP GS Comb Total Ast Sck PD Int Yds Avg Lng TD FF FR
2017 NE 3 3 10 9 1 0.0 6 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
2018 NE 3 3 7 7 0 0.0 5 2 0 0.0 0 0 1 0
Career 6 6 17 16 11 0.0 11 2 0 0.0 0 0 1 0

Personal life[edit]

On July 12, 2014, Gilmore married his college sweetheart, Gabrielle Glenn.[57] Gabrielle, also an athlete, was a collegiate sprinter for University of South Carolina.[58]


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