By Josh Hyber/Photo courtesy of the New England Patriots
Stephon Gilmore has been named an NFL first-team All-Pro, the league announced Friday.
The South Carolina alum (2009-11) and current New England Patriots cornerback, Gilmore has 45 tackles (40 solo), two forced fumbles and two interceptions this season. He has also deflected 20 passes, second most in the NFL.
The Patriots are the No. 2 seed on the AFC side of the playoffs and have a first-round bye.
“He’s had a great year and he’s been just so solid,” Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady said. “It’s tough to complete the ball on him. We feel that way in practice. He’s just — I’ve played with a lot of tough corners. He’s right up there with the best of them. 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. He’s all-around just been a great player for us.”