After being named the 2019 AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year on Saturday, Stephon Gilmore took some time to reach out to Patriot nation.

The New England Patriots cornerback shared a message thanking his fans, as well as those in the organization who have helped him along the way.

“Hey, Pats Nation. Thank you for your support," Gilmore said. "Thank you for voting for me for Defensive Player of the Year. It’s a great honor to be the first Patriot defensive player to win the award. I couldn’t have done it without the fans, my teammates, coaches, a lot of people behind the scenes. Go Pats.”

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It indeed is a great honor for the three-time Pro Bowler, and a well-deserved one. Gilmore tied for the NFL lead in interceptions with six and also topped the league in pass breakups (20).

Shortly after Gilmore won the prestigious award, Tom Brady took to Instagram to congratulate his teammate. Even Houston Texans star wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins showed Gilmore tremendous respect for the achievement.


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