When Stephon Gilmore caught wind of the story of a 12-year-old girl who has been bullied for playing football, he decided to take action.
On Thursday, the New England Patriots cornerback noticed a video posted by WPRI of Quinn, a youth football player from Pawtucket who plays cornerback and wears Gilmore's No. 24. It clearly resonated with Gilmore as he tweeted his desire to get in touch with Quinn's family so he could invite her to a Pats game.
“She’s repping that 24! Would love to meet you Quinn! If anyone knows her contact DM me! Hopefully she would enjoy a Pats game!” he wrote.
She’s repping that 24! Would love to meet you Quinn! If anyone knows her contact DM me! Hopefully she would enjoy a Pats game! https://t.co/DXBSjb0MKo— The Gilly Lock (@BumpNrunGilm0re) October 18, 2019
Gilmore discussed Quinn's story further with reporters on Friday.
“It’s a sad situation, but I’m happy for her,” Gilmore said. “I’m happy she’s focused and having fun playing football. I think she should be happy and not let nothing affect her on the outside, be happy to go to school, be happy to play sports. Hopefully, I can connect with her soon.”
There's no word yet on when Gilmore will get to meet Quinn, but when he does, he'll have a special message for her.
“No matter what it is — in class or in sports — do what you love and never let no one tell you that you can’t do nothing,” Gilmore said. “Women can play whatever they want to play. That’s one thing I would tell her.”
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