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Does Stephon Gilmore have Hall of Fame potential? Patriots great thinks so

Does Stephon Gilmore have Hall of Fame potential? Patriots great thinks so

The New England Patriots lost two future Pro Football Hall of Famers this offseason when Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

But if you ask Ty Law, there's still a Canton-bound player on New England's roster.

The former Patriots cornerback, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame last year, told the Boston Herald's Karen Guregian he believes Stephon Gilmore will follow in his footsteps.

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"He's the real deal," Law told Guregian. "And he still seeks advice and asks questions. He’s still eager to learn.

"If he keeps it up, he’ll be around a long time. One day, you’ll see him in the Patriots Hall of Fame, and the NFL Hall of Fame, as well."

Law has been one of Gilmore's biggest advocates over the past several years, telling the Patriots cornerback he's "next up" when Gilmore attended his Hall of Fame enshrinement last August.]

Law also is impressed with Gilmore's workout routine, as the South Carolina native has been training with former Pro Bowl cornerback Dre Bly this offseason.

"That's what the great ones do, he is amongst the giants of the league and has a desire to be the best and stay there," Law told Guregian. "I’m loving what he is doing and looking forward to another big year for him."

Gilmore has a tough act to follow after winning NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2019, becoming the first cornerback to win the award since Charles Woodson in 2009.

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But does Gilmore have Hall of Fame credentials? While he's been in the NFL for eight years, he didn't make his first Pro Bowl until his final season with the Buffalo Bills in 2016.

The 29-year-old has been elite since coming to New England, though, consistently ranking as one of the league's top cornerbacks (and top players overall) over the last three seasons.

He'll likely need to continue that elite play for at least five more seasons -- Law made five Pro Bowls over his 15-season career, while Gilmore has three Pro Bowl nods through eight seasons -- to warrant a call to the Hall, but he's certainly on the right track.

Michael Holley Podcast: That time Ty Law hooked Tom Brady up with a house

Michael Holley Podcast: That time Ty Law hooked Tom Brady up with a house

Derek Jeter wasn't the first Michigan alum to do Tom Brady a real estate solid.

Twenty years before Brady moved into Jeter's sprawling Tampa mansion with a fresh $50 million contract from the Buccaneers, the quarterback was a sixth-round draft pick looking for a place to stay in New England.

Enter former Patriots cornerback Ty Law. While Law and Brady didn't overlap at Michigan, Law had signed a new contract just before the Patriots drafted Brady in 2000.

So, the Pro Bowl cornerback decided to do a fellow Wolverine a solid.

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On the latest Michael Holley Podcast, Law told a great story of how he bequeathed his house -- which ex-Patriots quarterback Scott Zolak had passed down to him -- to Brady.

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By the time I got there and moved in, I finished the basement, put some money into it and made it my own. So, when I got that contract, there was a young kid by the name of Tom Brady. He was a Michigan guy, so I was like ... hey man, I'm gonna do my part to try to welcome him in.

He wasn't making great money at the time and he was looking for a place. So because I just signed a contract, I said, 'Come on man, I'll hook you up with this.' I finished the basement, and at the time, I took about a $125,000 haircut just to give to him. But the other key was, I left all the TVs, the pool table, the furniture, everything. So basically, it's move-in ready. He wasn't making no money, you know what I mean?

Law picked the right guy to hook up.

Perhaps buoyed by having a permanent home, Brady went from backup in 2000 to Patriots starter and eventual Super Bowl champion in 2001, then went to win five more Super Bowls over his two-decade career in New England.

Brady also has made millions while buying some pretty expensive property, an irony that isn't lost on Law.

"Now, I could probably put my whole house in his kitchen," Law quipped.

If Law is ever in the market for new real estate, though, we know a legendary quarterback who owes him a favor.

Law also chatted with Holley about when he knew Brady was the real deal, his thoughts on Brady leaving New England and much more. To listen and subscribe, check out the full episode on the NBC Sports Boston podcast network and on YouTube.

Michael Holley Podcast: When Ty Law knew Tom Brady was the real deal

Michael Holley Podcast: When Ty Law knew Tom Brady was the real deal

Thursday marks the 20th anniversary of the New England Patriots selecting unheralded quarterback Tom Brady with the 199th overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft.

The Michigan product didn't exactly wow anyone with his talent upon joining the Patriots as their fourth-string quarterback. He did, however, get the attention of his teammates with his attitude and unmatched competitiveness.

Former Pats cornerback Ty Law joined the latest episode of The Michael Holley Podcast and pinpointed the moment he knew Brady was special. It wasn't anything Brady did on the field. Rather, it was how he separated himself from Drew Bledsoe and the other QBs on the depth chart with his actions off of it.

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To see his work ethic in practice and everything he did to prepare for when the opportunity came, he was doing all the right things. He was saying all the right things from a competitive standpoint. In practice we used to tear him up, you know, but he's coming right back at you. And we loved that about him.

But I think the thing that stood out the most -- and this wasn't even football related -- is that we would get in before with everybody jumping up before we go out to the game, everybody headbutting and stuff like that. And don't get me wrong, Drew is a great teammate, but he right here. You know what I mean? 'Make sure you don't hit Drew too hard.'

Tom is coming over there headbutting everybody. I'm like, 'a quarterback?' You know what I mean? That was the moment I was like, 'this kid is special.' He didn't even play in the game yet. It was just before the game how focused and zeroed in and just being a part of the team and taking hits before the game.

Whether he was a fourth-string underdog looking for a chance to start, or a six-time Super Bowl champion known as arguably the greatest QB to ever play the game, Brady's ability to fire up his teammates never changed throughout his 20-year Patriots tenure. There's no reason to expect anything different when he joins his new teammates in Tampa Bay, either.

Law also chats with Holley about why he didn't finish his career as a Patriot, his thoughts on Brady leaving New England, which other Pats players deserve to be in the Hall of Fame, and much more. To listen and subscribe, check out the full episode on the NBC Sports Boston podcast network and on YouTube.