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The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time

Updated November 5, 2019 4.1k votes 590 voters 17.0k views64 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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  • Andre Tippett1
    224
    70

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

  • Willie McGinest2
    230
    79

    Willie McGinest

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

  • Tedy Bruschi3
    256
    94

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

  • Dont'a Hightower4
    205
    66

    Dont'a Hightower

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

  • Jerod Mayo5
    134
    40

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

  • Mike Vrabel6
    136
    42

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

  • Rob Ninkovich7
    128
    50

    Rob Ninkovich

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

  • Jamie Collins8
    110
    46

    Jamie Collins

    Seasons: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013

  • Kyle Van Noy9
    111
    54

    Seasons: 2018, 2017, 2016

  • Steve Nelson10
    78
    28

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

  • Junior Seau11
    91
    46

    Seasons: 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006

  • Ted Johnson12
    71
    31

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

  • Chris Slade13
    40
    25

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

  • Nick Buoniconti14
    36
    20

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

  • Rosevelt Colvin15
    43
    31

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

  • Tom Addison16
    28
    13

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

  • Roman Phifer17
    37
    24

    Seasons: 2004, 2003, 2002 , 2001

  • Don Blackmon18
    30
    16

    Don Blackmon

    Seasons: 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982

  • Vincent Brown19
    36
    24

    Vincent Brown

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

  • Steve King20
    28
    16

    Steve King

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

  • Brandon Spikes21
    56
    51

    Seasons: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010

  • Sam Hunt22
    22
    10

    Sam Hunt

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

  • Johnny Rembert23
    26
    16

    Johnny Rembert

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

  • Steve Zabel24
    20
    10

    Seasons: 1978, 1977, 1976, 1975

  • Elandon Roberts25
    39
    37

    Elandon Roberts

    Seasons: 2018, 2017, 2016