NFL The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time  

Ranker NFL
1.4k votes 188 voters 4.2k 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.

list ordered by

1
79 16
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
79 16
Willie McGinest is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time

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

3
61 20
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
61 21
Dont'a Hightower is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time

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

5
42 13
Jerod Mayo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time

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

6
41 13
Mike Vrabel is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time

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

7
41 19
Rob Ninkovich is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time

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

8
31 13
Junior Seau is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006

9
26 14
Steve Nelson is listed (or ranked) 9 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

10
27 15
Kyle Van Noy is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2018, 2017, 2016

11
24 13
Ted Johnson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time

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

12
27 16
Jamie Collins is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013

13
17 7
Roman Phifer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2004, 2003, 2002 , 2001

14
19 9
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
20 10
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
21 12
Brandon Spikes is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010

17
18 10
Marquis Flowers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time
Marquis Flowers

Seasons: 2018, 2017

18
15 9
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
12 7
Larry McGrew is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time
Larry McGrew

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

20
9 4
Steve King is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time
Steve King

Seasons: 1981, 1980, 1979, 1978, 1977, 1976, 1975, 1974

21
16 11
Chris Slade is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time

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

22
6 1
Steve Zabel is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1978, 1977, 1976, 1975

23
11 6
Don Blackmon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time
Don Blackmon

Seasons: 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982

24
13 9
Vincent Brown is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time
Vincent Brown

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

25
9 5
Tom Addison is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time

Seasons: 1966, 1965, 1964, 1963, 1962, 1961, 1960