Stephon Gilmore's football tour leads him to uninformed start with Patriots

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The 2017 deteriorate has been filled with new beginnings for cornerback Stephon Gilmore after signing a five-year, $65 million free-agent agreement with a New England Patriots in March, and he’s enjoying a experience.

“Everything happened fast,” he pronounced of a opening of giveaway agency. “I didn’t know where we was going to be, though we always saw these guys on film and we was like ‘I could fit in over there, personification with those guys.’”

Though there were some hilly moments on a margin early on, and afterwards a three-game widen in that he was out with a concussion, things have staid down of late. Gilmore has played a past dual games and drew regard for his work.

“I consider Steph’s doing a good job,” conduct manager Bill Belichick pronounced this week on sports radio WEEI. “He’s had a integrate large assignments with [Demaryius] Thomas final week and Michael Crabtree this week. we suspicion he competed good opposite those guys. He’ll have another large one this week [against Miami].”

Belichick combined that a 6-foot-1, 190-pound Gilmore has been “professional, works tough each day, has a lot of experience, and understands how to play that position.”

Gilmore, 27, who grew adult in Rock Hill, South Carolina, shares his “football journey” as partial of ESPN.com’s weekly feature:

When he initial started personification football: “Probably 6-7 years aged — using behind for a Demons. I’ve been personification ever since. we had been personification each competition and my father put me in football. He’s fundamentally been with me a whole way.”

Favorite players flourishing up: “One of my favorite corners of all-time was Aeneas Williams. Deion [Sanders] substantially was, too. Growing adult in South Carolina, we had Atlanta right down a travel so we was a Michael Vick fan.”

Role models in his life: “My father [Stevie]. He was always tough on me as a kid. we never unequivocally accepted why, though he always had certainty in me and knew we could be something special. Ever given we was a small kid, he had me backpedaling and 3-cone drills, and all that. He unequivocally pushed me to trust in myself and be who we am today.”

Favorite football memories of South Pointe High School: “I was a quarterback, didn’t play defense. we enjoyed that. My initial year, it was a new school, so we usually had a ninth-grade [team] and JV. My second year was when we altered adult to varsity. We were 4-and-whatever. And afterwards a third year, we got better, 8-4. Then a final year, we won a state championship. That’s substantially one of a best moments, winning that state championship.”

Enrolling during South Carolina: “A integrate of players from my hometown went there, and a lot of my purpose models flourishing adult and people we talked to and asked for advice, like Sheldon Brown — he was with a Eagles for a integrate of years — and Johnathan Joseph, he’s with a Texans. Ko Simpson, another actor that played adult a small bit. It seemed like a lot of DBs done it from South Carolina, so that’s one reason we picked it. we indeed graduated high propagandize early, and left in a second semester; we had always wanted to play dilemma and went in there and worked for my mark and finished adult starting beginner year.”

Top football memories during South Carolina: “Probably violence Alabama when they were a No. 1 group in a country.”

Meeting his mother Gabrielle in college: “She ran lane during South Carolina and is unequivocally competitive, too. When we initial saw her, we knew she was going to be a one. we saw her walking on campus and was like ‘Who is that?’ we didn’t contend anything, since I’m not a form of chairman to go adult and speak to somebody like that. we waited a integrate times, saw her again, talked to her, messaged her on Facebook, and that was it.”

Preparing for a 2012 NFL draft: “When we came out as a junior, we had a third-round grade, though we knew in my heart we was improved than that. we only worked hard, lerned hard, and ran a flattering good time during a combine. Then they invited me to a Green Room [at a draft] that fast.”

Selected No. 10 altogether by a Bills: “I was excited. At a same time, we had not listened most about Buffalo, and was meditative it competence be closer to New York City. we didn’t unequivocally know about Western New York. But that was a good knowledge and we consider Buffalo helped my life out — delayed gait — during a commencement of my career.”

Top football memories with a Bills: “Pretty most a teammates we had there. They were good teammates and we met a lot of good guys that took me in and taught me a lot as a rookie. We still have a attribute today.”

Describing life as a Patriot: “It’s tough work. You’re never unequivocally confident about doing what we’re ostensible to do. You’re removing hungrier and hungrier each day, perplexing to get better. we adore my teammates; removing closer to them.”

What he loves about football: “No one is going to be ideal each time, though that’s what creates me wish to go some-more — we wish to try to be perfect. But one thing about this diversion — we can gaunt on your teammates, and yourself, to come together as a group and play for a ultimate goal.”

Summing adult his football journey: “It’s been fun. Pretty most to me, zero has unequivocally altered thinking-wise: You play, afterwards we have film, afterwards we have what people say. Now it’s only on some-more of a bigger scale a some-more and some-more we play. You have to have that mindset to be relentless and play tough and trust in yourself.”

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