Playing Patriots means ‘a lot extra’ to Panthers CB Stephon Gilmore

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In Stephon Gilmore’s debut with the Carolina Panthers, he helped break a four-game losing streak by grabbing the game-winning interception.

The former Defensive Player of the Year played on limited snaps due to his season-ending quad injury in 2020, but he still helped limit Atlanta Falcons tight end Kyle Pitts to two catches for 13 yards. Up next for Gilmore and the Panthers is the Patriots — the team that traded him for a sixth-round pick after four seasons.

Gilmore won a Super Bowl, was selected to three Pro Bowls and was named First-Team All-Pro twice during his time with the Patriots. He had an enormous amount of success, but it’s difficult to ignore the complicated months of contract talks during the offseason leading up to the trade.

When asked by reporters about the game, Gilmore had a blunt response.

“Looking forward to it,” he said.

While being asked if the game meant a little extra to him, he responded with a short but impactful response.

“A lot extra,” Gilmore replied.

The Patriots are 4-4 and coming off a huge win against a playoff-contending team in the Los Angeles Chargers. The Panthers are 4-4 and looking to turn things around after a rough patch.

A victory will give one of these teams a winning record and Gilmore will play an instrumental role is making sure the Panthers secure a home win.

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