It might not be the trophy that he wanted, but Tom Brady is happy that some hardware is coming to New England this winter.
After Stephon Gilmore became the first player in Patriots history to win the AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year on Saturday, Brady sent Gilmore a message of congratulations.
“Congrats @bumpnrungilmore on winning such a prestigious award!,” Brady wrote in an Instagram post. “There was no doubt to me and all our teammates how incredible you played week after week! But the work during practice is what we all admired and respected! You worked your ass off and we are all proud of you!!! ‘LOCK EM UP STEPH!!!’ ??”
Gilmore replied to Brady’s message on Instagram, saying “Appreciate you Tom ❤️ #earnednotgiven.”
Devin and Jason McCourty joined Brady in congratulating their teammate on winning the award.
“DPOY!!! ? ? ? Congrats to the best defensive player this season,” the McCourtys wrote on their shared Instagram account.
Gilmore also received congratulations from a pair of former Patriot No. 24s.
Ty Law not only acknowledged Gilmore as the best defensive back in football but also said he’s a future Hall of Famer.
“A huge congrats to @bumpnrungilmore the @nfl DPOY!!,” Law wrote in an Instagram post. “Well deserved young Gun! you have accomplished something that very few have. It’s is now proven without a doubt that your are the best DB/defensive player in football. Keep the flame burning bro!! Next stop Canton and @profootballhof.”
Law also complimented Gilmore as a person.
“I’ve gotten to know this young man since he joined @patriots and he has did nothing but ball out and play hard,” Law wrote. “he is not only a great player he is even a better man, father and husband. Congrats again my brotha!! ??”
Darrelle Revis kept his congratulations to Gilmore short.
“Congrats to the man they call Gilly Island. Much well deserved this year,” Revis wrote in an Instagram post.
Gilmore was also honored by a rival. Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins reportedly gave Gilmore a standing ovation for winning the award at the NFL Honors on Saturday night.
Hopkins must know how tough of a matchup Gilmore as he was limited to five catches (tied for a season-low) for 64 yards in the Texans’ win over the Patriots this season.