Since Stephon Gilmore entered the NFL in 2012, the Buffalo Bills have appeared in seven nationally-televised, prime-time games. Over that same period, the New England Patriots have played in front of a national television audience 23 times, not including 10 playoff games and two Super Bowls.
Once the No. 10 overall draft pick of the Bills, Gilmore signed a five-year, $65 million deal with the Patriots in March. In a tweet Monday, he pointed out the increased viewing opportunities for his friends and family in South Carolina now that he will appear on a more national stage while playing in New England:
My People finally going to get to see me play on tv. #Patsnation#aboutthattime
— The Gilly Lock (@BumpNrunGilm0re) July 17, 2017
Gilmore's tweet was not well-received in Buffalo, where he played five up-and-down seasons that culminated in his first Pro Bowl nod in January. Fans reminded Gilmore on Twitter of some of his less savory moments with the Bills, while one local television anchor played clips of some of his biggest miscues as the team's top cornerback.
The Bills and Patriots do not meet until Dec. 3 this season.