Patriots: Stephon Gilmore surprising family after cancer battle is amazing

Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images)
Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images) /

Patriots CB Stephon Gilmore surprised a family of fans who lost their husband and father to cancer.

The Patriots face what could prove to be a turning point in their season on Sunday when they welcome an injury-ravaged 49ers side to Gillette Stadium. As far as appealing storylines are concerned, this game arguably has the most intriguing of the Week 7 slate, as San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo will face his former team for the first time since he was traded ahead of the 2017 deadline.

Speaking strictly about the Patriots, however, all eyes will be on the offense to deliver a bounce back performance after it managed just 12 points in last week’s loss to Denver. The defense, meanwhile will look to keep up the momentum after it limited the Broncos to six field goals and zero touchdowns in Week 6. After looking vulnerable on third down early on, the group held up extremely well despite being on the field for more than half of the game

It goes without saying that the the play of cornerback Stephon Gilmore will set the tone for the rest of the defense, and he will no doubt have his hands full against San Francisco’s dynamic wide receiving corps.

The reigning Defensive Player of the Year is renowned for how much he puts into practice and dissecting film leading up to games, but he commendably took time out of his painstaking weekly routine to make an incredible gesture to a family of Patriots fans who recently lost their husband and father to a battle with cancer.

Try not hold back smiles and potentially tears while watching this wholesome video, the entirety of which can be found on the Patriots’ official website.

There are honestly no words to describe the charitable character Gilmore is off the field. From making frequent donations to the Boys and Girls Club of Boston, to helping families get by in light of the financial crisis precipitated by the coronavirus pandemic — which left an untold number of workers laid off by their employers — and surprising fans who just endured a devastating loss, there is simply nothing the All-Pro corner wouldn’t do to help others in need.

That laundry list extends back to his tenure in Buffalo, but you get the point. The best part about Gilmore’s altruism is the fact that you never hear anything about it, which further proves that he loves to keep a low-profile.

Patriots fans are preparing for what is shaping up to be another stress-filled Sunday afternoon, but this full-hearted clip serves as a timely reminder that some things are so much bigger than football.

This was class personified from Gilmore, but that’s simply what we’ve grown to expect from the 30-year-old superstar.