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The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time 

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Updated November 5, 2019 2.9k votes 493 voters 14k views 65 items

Big fan of New England football? Then check out this list of New England Patriots linebackers with photos and seasons as starters. It includes every starting linebacker from throughout New England Patriots history, including current linebackers and past ones. An important part of the New England defense, the LB position includes middle or inside linebackers and outside (strong side or weakside) linebackers. Featuring 2018-2019 NE Patriots and some of the greatest NFL linebackers of all time, the best Patriots LBs include Steve Nelson, Rob Ninkovich, Nick Buoniconti, and Jerod Mayo.

Who are the best linebackers in New England Patriots history? Here is every player who has ever held the position of New England Patriots starting linebacker.

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1
Tedy Bruschi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002 , 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997

2
Willie McGinest is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time
Willie McGinest

Seasons: 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002 , 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994

3
Andre Tippett is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982

4
Dont'a Hightower is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time
Dont'a Hightower

Seasons: 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012

5
Mike Vrabel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002 , 2001

6
Jerod Mayo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008

7
Rob Ninkovich is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time
Rob Ninkovich

Seasons: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009

8
Kyle Van Noy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2018, 2017, 2016

9
Jamie Collins is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time
Jamie Collins

Seasons: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013

10
Junior Seau is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006

11
Steve Nelson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time

Seasons:  1987, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982, 1981, 1980, 1979, 1978, 1977, 1976, 1975, 1974

12
Ted Johnson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2004, 2003, 2002 , 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995

13
Brandon Spikes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010

14
Rosevelt Colvin is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003

15
Nick Buoniconti is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1968, 1967, 1966, 1965, 1964, 1963, 1962

16
Roman Phifer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2004, 2003, 2002 , 2001

17
Vincent Brown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time
Vincent Brown

Seasons: 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988

18
Elandon Roberts is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time
Elandon Roberts

Seasons: 2018, 2017, 2016

19
Chris Slade is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time

Seasons:  2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993

20
Don Blackmon is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time
Don Blackmon

Seasons: 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982

21
Johnny Rembert is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time
Johnny Rembert

Seasons: 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983

22
Sam Hunt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time
Sam Hunt

Seasons: 1979, 1978, 1977, 1976, 1975, 1974

23
Marquis Flowers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time
Marquis Flowers

Seasons: 2018, 2017

24
Larry McGrew is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time
Larry McGrew

Seasons: 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982

25
Todd Collins is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993