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The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time

Updated November 5, 2019 4.0k votes 539 voters 15.3k 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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  • 1
    Tedy Bruschi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time
    250
    89

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

  • 2
    Andre Tippett is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time
    215
    70

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

  • 3
    Dont'a Hightower is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time
    201
    66

    Dont'a Hightower

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

  • 4
    Willie McGinest is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time
    222
    81

    Willie McGinest

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

  • 5
    Mike Vrabel is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time
    140
    41

    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
    133
    42

    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
    127
    52

    Rob Ninkovich

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

  • 8
    Jamie Collins is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time
    109
    45

    Jamie Collins

    Seasons: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013

  • 9
    Kyle Van Noy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time
    113
    54

    Seasons: 2018, 2017, 2016

  • 10
    Steve Nelson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time
    78
    31

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

  • 11
    Ted Johnson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time
    73
    33

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

  • 12
    Junior Seau is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time
    89
    48

    Seasons: 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006

  • 13
    Nick Buoniconti is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time
    37
    22

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

  • 14
    Roman Phifer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time
    39
    25

    Seasons: 2004, 2003, 2002 , 2001

  • 15
    Rosevelt Colvin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time
    45
    33

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

  • 16
    Vincent Brown is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time
    38
    25

    Vincent Brown

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

  • 17
    Tom Addison is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time
    28
    14

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

  • 18
    Chris Slade is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time
    37
    26

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

  • 19
    Brandon Spikes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time
    60
    52

    Seasons: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010

  • 20
    Steve King is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time
    28
    17

    Steve King

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

  • 21
    Don Blackmon is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time
    27
    17

    Don Blackmon

    Seasons: 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982

  • 22
    Johnny Rembert is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time
    26
    18

    Johnny Rembert

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

  • 23
    Sam Hunt is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time
    20
    11

    Sam Hunt

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

  • 24
    Elandon Roberts is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time
    38
    34

    Elandon Roberts

    Seasons: 2018, 2017, 2016

  • 25
    Larry McGrew is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time
    21
    16

    Larry McGrew

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

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