In his first three seasons with the Patriots, Stephon Gilmore has proven to be an elite cornerback who also is among the league’s best on the defensive side of the ball. Gilmore closed out an impressive 2018 season, in which he had two interceptions, 20 passes defended and only allowed 46 completions, with a game-clinching interception in Super Bowl LIII. Gilmore’s No. 24 jersey is the marquee artifact from Super Bowl LIII on display in The Hall’s Super Bowl Experience and is actually the second No. 24 jersey added to the exhibit as Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Famer Ty Law’s Super Bowl XXXVI jersey is also featured.
While 2019 didn’t end on the Super Bowl stage for Gilmore, he still enjoyed an incredibly successful season. While the Patriots finished 12-4 and earned an 11th straight AFC East title, Gilmore was earning individual accolades along the way.
He was voted First Team All-Pro for the second straight year — this time unanimously — and was selected to his second consecutive Pro Bowl. He also is in the running to become the first Patriots player to win Defensive Player of the Year. Gilmore’s man coverage spearheaded a ferocious defensive unit that finished the season ranked No. 1 in the NFL in total defense and points allowed. He led the team in interceptions with six (career high) and passes defended 20 (tied career high) while being targeted 101 times. While predominately covering the opponents best receiver, Gilmore did not allow a single touchdown this season and posted a completion percentage of just 50%.
In a week 2 match up in Miami, Gilmore had his first career interception for a touchdown, racing 54 yards to paydirt with a Ryan Fitzpatrick pass. While smothering his opponents week in and week out, Gilmore added three more interceptions over the next nine weeks, those coming in Week Six against the NY Giants, Week Seven against the NY Jets and Week 12 against the Dallas Cowboys.
In a 34-13 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in week 15, Gilmore’s notched two more interceptions including is second pick-six of the season. Gilmore finished the season with six total interceptions, setting a new single-season career high. The cleats he wore to reach his new personal milestone are now on display at The Hall.