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The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time

Updated November 5, 2019 4.3k votes 579 voters 16.6k 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
    231
    73

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

  • Tedy Bruschi2
    269
    96

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

  • Willie McGinest3
    241
    83

    Willie McGinest

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

  • Dont'a Hightower4
    211
    71

    Dont'a Hightower

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

  • Mike Vrabel5
    145
    42

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

  • Jerod Mayo6
    140
    44

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

  • Rob Ninkovich7
    135
    55

    Rob Ninkovich

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

  • Jamie Collins8
    116
    49

    Jamie Collins

    Seasons: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013

  • Kyle Van Noy9
    117
    57

    Seasons: 2018, 2017, 2016

  • Steve Nelson10
    83
    31

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

  • Junior Seau11
    96
    48

    Seasons: 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006

  • Ted Johnson12
    76
    34

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

  • Nick Buoniconti13
    39
    22

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

  • Roman Phifer14
    41
    25

    Seasons: 2004, 2003, 2002 , 2001

  • Chris Slade15
    42
    27

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

  • Rosevelt Colvin16
    47
    33

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

  • Don Blackmon17
    32
    17

    Don Blackmon

    Seasons: 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982

  • Vincent Brown18
    39
    26

    Vincent Brown

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

  • Tom Addison19
    28
    14

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

  • Brandon Spikes20
    61
    53

    Seasons: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010

  • Sam Hunt21
    23
    11

    Sam Hunt

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

  • Steve King22
    28
    17

    Steve King

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

  • Johnny Rembert23
    27
    18

    Johnny Rembert

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

  • Elandon Roberts24
    40
    38

    Elandon Roberts

    Seasons: 2018, 2017, 2016

  • Larry McGrew25
    21
    16

    Larry McGrew

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