Two years ago, Stephon Gilmore and Tom Brady were celebrating the New England Patriots’ triumph in Super Bowl LIII.
Come Sunday, Gilmore could be watching his former teammate once again hoist the Lombardi Trophy, but with a new team.
Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers will square off with the reigning champion Kansas City Chiefs next Sunday in Super Bowl LIII. Gilmore is pulling for Brady, who’s had a positive influence on the star cornerback’s career.
“I watched him — from practicing on the field and how he worked and obviously in the game. It helped my game out a lot,” Gilmore said on ESPN’s broadcast of the “2021 Pro Bowl Celebration.”
“I’m happy for him. That’s what he plays for. He plays for rings. He doesn’t play for nothing else. That’s what he does. He don’t play for Pro Bowls. What drives him is Super Bowls. I’m happy for him. I’m happy I got to play with him. He taught me a lot about game, how to work, how to be a professional.”
Gilmore surely isn’t the only Patriots player — past or present — who will be supporting the Bucs on Feb. 7. Several players with New England ties praised Brady on social media after Tampa Bay edged out the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game.