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FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - OCTOBER 18: Stephon Gilmore #24 of the New England Patriots warms up prior to the game against the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium on October 18, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

By Alex Barth, 985TheSportsHub.com

Stephon Gilmore joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Zolak & Bertrand for his first media appearance since testing positive for COVID-19 two weeks ago.

On Wednesday, Gilmore discussed his diagnosis, lack of symptoms, and more with Scott Zolak, Rob “Hardy” Poole, and Adam Jones.

I mean, I was shocked because I didn’t feel anything,” Gilmore said of learning of his positive test. “So that’s the thing that, you know, you have to deal with. But I was shocked. Luckily, I didn’t miss a game and I was able to play and not miss a game. So I’m over it now.

I was asymptomatic. I didn’t feel nothing,” he continued. “I just felt like my normal self, you know? That’s the weird thing about it, that you can be positive, and you don’t feel nothing. And so that’s why you have to be careful to protect other people.”

Oct 5, 2020; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman (17) runs the ball against New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore (24) during the third quarter of a NFL game at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

The Patriots have been extremely vigilant when it comes to stopping the spread of COVID throughout the team, and Gilmore’s case illustrates why. An individual can be carrying the virus and be contagious without any indication, with Gilmore being a first-hand example.

When Gilmore tested positive, there were reports that he had been out to dinner with Cam Newton the previous Friday, with Newton learning of his own positive test that night. Gilmore’s wife Gabrielle later claimed those rumors were false.

Asked to set the record straight, Gilmore said the issue is on the past.

I don’t want to get into that. It’s done, it’s over with,” he told Zolak & Bertrand. “We passed it…Whatever happened to us personally, it is what it is. We’re passed it and we over it.”

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS – SEPTEMBER 13: Cam Newton #1 of the New England Patriots greets Stephon Gilmore #24 before the game against the Miami Dolphins at Gillette Stadium on September 13, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

At the end of the interview Gilmore discussed the Patriots upcoming opponent, the San Francisco 49ers. While the teams only play ever four years, there’s a level of familiarity between the Patriots defense and Niners quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who was traded to San Francisco from New England at the 2017 trade deadline.

Gilmore, who overlapped with Garoppolo in New England for the first half of the 2017 season, was asked what he remembers from facing Garoppolo in practice.

“He’s seen a lot of football. I was with him for a little before he got traded,” Gilmore noted. “He made some throws, tough throws, in practice. So it’s going to be a big challenge for us as a defense. So everybody’s got to play together and go out there and play a great game to come out with a win.”

You can listen to Gilmore’s full conversation with Zolak & Bertrand below:

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Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Looking for a podcast guest? Let him know on Twitter @RealAlexBarth or via email at Alexander.Barth@bbgi.com.