ROCK HILL, S.C. – A high school football star just realized his childhood dream.
Stephon Gilmore was a first round draft pick Thursday night at the South Pointe High Grad will bring a lot of hometown fans with him to the Buffalo Bills.
At the Ebonezer Grill, in Rock Hill, folks are proud.
“I heard that Gilmore was drafted in the first round,” said Sibby Richardson.
In his first moments as a Buffalo Bill, Stephon Gilmore told the national media he'd worked from the time he was a little boy to make this day happen.
“I told my mom when I was 7-years-old, I dreamed that I was getting drafted somewhere...it’s like a dream come true," he said.
Gilmore's coach from South Pointe High, Bobby Carrol, was there with him Thursday night at the draft to celebrate.
“If the NFL and the Buffalo Bills said ‘look we don’t have any money’, that kid loves the game of football so much he’d go play for free,” said Carrol.
Carroll says Buffalo got a good player and a good person. He remembers how in high school when they were so far ahead of their opponents he would pull Gilmore out of the game.
“There was no selfishness, no ‘I want to set the record for rushing, passing..’ he was really glad that the next guy in line would get to play,” said Carroll.
The defensive player told the national media about how much he loved playing in Rock Hill.
“It’s like 15 minutes from Charlotte. (There’s) a lot of football around Rock Hill. It’s a great city, we love to play football. (I’m) happy that I got drafted to a football town,” said Gilmore.