NFL legend Charles Woodson praised Stephon Gilmore

Gilmore's excellent start to the 2019 season has caught the attention of an NFL great.

New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore moves to catch a pass intended for New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) during an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Foxborough, Mass. The pass fell incomplete. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Stephon Gilmore moves to catch a pass intended for New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson. –(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Stephon Gilmore has been one of the best defensive backs in the NFL since joining the Patriots back in 2017, and he’s receiving praise from at least one NFL great for his play.

Former Oakland Raiders and Green Bay Packers defensive back Charles Woodson said that Gilmore caught his eye last year, but has taken another leap this season. 

“One guy I watched last year, and I was critical of him when he came from his former team the Buffalo Bills, then he went over to the Patriots, and that’s Gilmore,” Woodson said during an NFL100 Roundtable discussion. “This year, I thought he stepped his game up.”


Woodson praised Gilmore’s Super Bowl performance from last year, saying, “the way he played, the way he showed out in that Super Bowl, he could’ve been the Super Bowl MVP.”

Woodson spent 18 seasons in the NFL, splitting his time between the Raiders and the Packers. Over his career, Woodson played in 254 games and caught 65 interceptions, good for fifth on the all-time interceptions leader board. 

Gilmore entered the league in 2012 and played five seasons with the Buffalo Bills before moving to the Patriots. He has played in 103 games over his eight seasons in the league, starting 101 of them and grabbing 20 interceptions. 

Thanks to Gilmore and the rest of his teammates, the Patriots have started the season with a perfect 6-0 record. They’ll take that perfect record to MetLife Stadium to take on the 1-4 New York Jets Monday.

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