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Stephon Gilmore admitted he has ‘extra’ motivation facing the Patriots

The former New England cornerback made an instant impact in Carolina.

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Stephon GIlmore during his Panthers debut against the Falcons. Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images

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Stephon Gilmore on facing his former team in Week 9: Former Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore made his Panthers debut on Sunday following his trade to Carolina from New England in October.

Gilmore, 31, took little time to make an impact. The former NFL Defensive Player of the Year provided a game-deciding interception against Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan to seal a 19-13 Panthers win.

“It felt great,” Gilmore said of the interception. “You always want to make plays when you go out there, and you’re coming home. And making a play in my first game and helping the team win, that was a great feeling.”

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Carolina, like New England, now stands at 4-4 after eight weeks of the season. The two teams face each other in Week 9 at 1 p.m.

Asked if he had “a little bit extra” motivation facing his old team, Gilmore gave a direct response.

“A lot extra,” he replied.

Gilmore, who helped the Patriots win Super Bowl LIII, has maintained that there are “no hard feelings” with New England, and that the trade was “business.” Bill Belichick has also added that it was a “privilege and pleasure to coach Steph.”

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(Answer at the bottom).

Hint: Played for a New England school in college.

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