Stephon Gilmore

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Stephon Gilmore
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Gilmore at practice with the Bills in 2015
No. 24 – New England Patriots
Position: Cornerback
Personal information
Born: (1990-09-19) September 19, 1990 (age 27)
Rock Hill, South Carolina
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight: 190 lb (86 kg)
Career information
High school: Rock Hill (SC) South Pointe
College: South Carolina
NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 10
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
  • Pro Bowl (2016)
  • CFN, Phil Steele Freshman All-American (2009)
  • Parade, EA Sports High School All-American (2008)
  • Third Team All-American (AP) (2011)
  • First Team All-SEC (2010, 2011)
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2017
Total tackles: 276
Forced fumbles: 4
Pass deflections: 71
Interceptions: 16
Player stats at

Stephon Stiles Gilmore (born September 19, 1990) is an American football cornerback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Buffalo Bills tenth overall in the 2012 NFL Draft. He played college football at South Carolina.

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 2 attempted passes (1 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]

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 1 in
(1.85 m)
190 lb
(86 kg)
31 in
(0.79 m)
9 14 in
(0.23 m)
4.38 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.[5]

Buffalo Bills[edit]

Gilmore in the 2014 NFL Season

Gilmore was selected in the first round (10th overall) by the Buffalo Bills in the 2012 NFL Draft. He was the highest selected Gamecocks cornerback since Dunta Robinson in 2004. On May 17, 2012, the Buffalo Bills signed Gilmore to a four-year, $12.08 million rookie contract. The contract is fully guaranteed and also included a signing bonus of $7.22 million with a fifth-year option.[6]

Upon joining the team, Gilmore was penciled in as the teams' number one cornerback and routinely covered the top receivers of opposing teams. Over the course of his rookie season, Gilmore totaled 61 tackles and one interception, which came against the St. Louis Rams on December 9, 2012.

On April 3, 2013, Gilmore changed his jersey number from 27 to 24.[7]

On August 28, 2015, the Bills exercised the fifth-year option on Gilmore's rookie contract, paying him a salary of $11.08 million for 2016.[6]

On December 15, 2015, Gilmore had surgery on a torn labrum and was placed on Injured Reserve the next day.[8]

On January 23, 2017, Gilmore was named to the 2016 NFL season's AFC Pro Bowl roster. Gilmore finished the 2016 season with a career-high 5 interceptions - the most by a Bill since Jairus Byrd's five interceptions in the 2012 season.[9]

New England Patriots[edit]

On March 9, 2017, Gilmore signed a five-year, $65 million contract with the New England Patriots.[10][11] He won the AFC Championship with the Patriots later that season. The Patriots would go on to lose in Super Bowl LII 41-33 to the Philadelphia Eagles. Gilmore recorded 4 tackles and 2 passes defended in the game.

Personal life[edit]

On July 12, 2014, Gilmore married his college sweetheart, Gabrielle Glenn.[12] Gabrielle, also an athlete, was a collegiate sprinter for University of South Carolina.[13]


  1. ^ "Taco Bell Classic - Boys - Complete Results (Raw)". Retrieved March 10, 2017. 
  2. ^ "York County - Boys results (Raw)". SCRUNNERS.COM. Retrieved March 10, 2017. 
  3. ^ "". Retrieved March 10, 2017. 
  4. ^ " 2009 CFN All-Freshman Defensive Team". Retrieved March 10, 2017. 
  5. ^ "NFL Events: Combine Player Profiles - Stephon Gilmore". Retrieved March 10, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b "Stephon Gilmore". Retrieved October 31, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Stephon Gilmore changes number to 24". Retrieved March 10, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Bills place CB Stephon Gilmore on injured reserve". Retrieved December 17, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Bills CB Stephon Gilmore named to Pro Bowl". Retrieved March 10, 2017. 
  10. ^ Orr, Conor (March 9, 2017). "Stephon Gilmore expected to sign with Patriots". 
  11. ^ "Patriots sign CB Stephon Gilmore". March 10, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Another One Bites The Dust: Buffalo Bills DB Stephon Gilmore Marries Fiancee Gabrielle - Baller Alert". Retrieved March 10, 2017. 
  13. ^ "Gabrielle Glenn Bio University of South Carolina Official Athletic Site". Retrieved March 10, 2017. 

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