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

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. [4] 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. [5] 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. [6] He chose South Carolina over Alabama , Tennessee , and Clemson .

College career

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 . [3] 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

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40‑yd 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 1 4 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. [8]

Buffalo Bills

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. [21]

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. [10]

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. [21]

On December 15, 2015, Gilmore had surgery on a torn labrum. [14] On December 16, 2015, Gilmore was placed on Injured Reserve. [14]

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. [22]

New England Patriots

On March 9, 2017, Gilmore signed a five-year, $65 million contract with the New England Patriots . [4] [4]

Personal life

On July 12, 2014, Gilmore married his college sweetheart, Gabrielle Glenn. [4] Gabrielle, also an athlete, was a collegiate sprinter for University of South Carolina . [4]