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Stephon Gilmore glad to be named first-team All-Pro, but facing Chargers is what really matters

Ryan Hannable
January 07, 2019 - 4:33 pm

FOXBORO -- Last week, Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore was selected as a first-team All-Pro for the first time in his career. He was the only Patriots player to be named to the team, although Cordarrelle Patterson was named to the second-team as a kick returner.

Speaking Monday, Gilmore was asked what it meant to him, but he was focused on the Chargers this Sunday.

“It is a big accomplishment, obviously, but I am looking forward to this week playing against the Chargers. That is what matters," he said. "I don’t like looking back, I like looking forward, so I am looking forward to this week.”

Still, Gilmore has worked towards this his entire life, so he did note it meant something to him.

“For sure," he said. "You work hard. It is a great honor from other people, players. It is a great honor, but I am looking forward to this week playing the Chargers.”

Also last week, Tom Brady had quite a bit of praise for him.

"I’ve played with a lot of good corners and he’s right up there with the best of them," Brady said. "He knocks the ball away, intercepts the ball, makes the quarterback pay. He’s physical, good in the run game, good in zone, good in short, intermediate, deep. I mean, he’s all-around just been a great player for us."

Brady has played with some pretty good cornerbacks over the years, including Ty Law, Darrelle Revis and Aqib Talib, so the comment went a long way.

“Yeah, for sure," Gilmore said. "Those guys were great corners here and made a lot of plays in the National Football League. Any time someone puts you in that category it is a good feeling, but you can’t get complacent. You just have to keep working and try and go out and be successful.”

Gilmore and the Patriots will host the Chargers this Sunday at 1:05 p.m. in the AFC divisional round.

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