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The Best New England Patriots Linebackers of All Time

Updated November 5, 2019 4.1k votes 606 voters 17.5k 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
    224
    70

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

  • 2
    230
    77

    Willie McGinest

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

  • 3
    255
    92

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

  • 4
    202
    64

    Dont'a Hightower

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

  • 5
    139
    41

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

  • 6
    134
    41

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

  • 7
    126
    51

    Rob Ninkovich

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

  • 8
    108
    46

    Jamie Collins

    Seasons: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013

  • 9
    80
    28

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

  • 10
    110
    54

    Seasons: 2018, 2017, 2016

  • 11
    90
    46

    Seasons: 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006

  • 12
    73
    31

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

  • 13
    69
    37

    Marquis Flowers

    Seasons: 2018, 2017

  • 14
    44
    25

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

  • 15
    34
    15

    Don Blackmon

    Seasons: 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982

  • 16
    40
    22

    Seasons: 2004, 2003, 2002 , 2001

  • 17
    36
    19

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

  • 18
    44
    30

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

  • 19
    38
    23

    Vincent Brown

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

  • 20
    58
    52

    Seasons: 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010

  • 21
    24
    12

    Jack Rudolph

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

  • 22
    27
    16

    Johnny Rembert

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

  • 23
    21
    11

    Sam Hunt

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

  • 24
    25
    17

    Eric Lee

    Seasons: 2018, 2017

  • 25
    37
    36

    Elandon Roberts

    Seasons: 2018, 2017, 2016