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This is a list of the best New England Patriots of all time. Prior to 1993, the New England Patriots were one of the laughingstocks of the entire NFL. The team had a small degree of the success in the mid 1970s but outside of a lone Super Bowl appearance after the 1985 season, the Patriots were a franchise stuck in the proverbial mud. Those aforementioned teams had some solid players, but few if any were considered the best in team history. Enter Bill Parcells. After the Tuna left the team, the foundation for success was in place. Parcells acquired some of the greatest Patriots ever including Ty Law, Drew Bledsoe, Adam Vinatieri and Tedy Bruschi.

It wasn't until Bill Belichick took over at the beginning of the 2000 season that many of the best Patriots players in team history started playing for the team. Tom Brady isn't only considered one of the greatest players in Patriots history, but one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. Randy Moss, Troy Brown, Wes Welker, Rodney Harrison and Richard Seymour are considered the top players in Patriots history and all played for the team under the Belichick era. The team nearly made history in 2007 when it won every single it played until a shocking Super Bowl defeat to the New York Giants ended the Patriots hopes of being the second undefeated team in NFL history. No matter what you think of the Patriots, this list contains many of the best players during the team's run of success.

This list of the best New England Patriots of all time includes every player from the team's history. If you notice someone missing, feel free to add him to this list. Vote or rerank the list according to who you think should be considered the best in Patriots history.

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3,774 370
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Tom Brady Quarterback

2
2,664 521
Rob Gronkowski is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Rob Gronkowski Tight end

3
1,785 476
Ty Law is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Ty Law Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

4
1,752 398
Tedy Bruschi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time

5
1,672 496
Vince Wilfork is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Vince Wilfork Defensive lineman

6
1,532 384
Adam Vinatieri is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Adam Vinatieri Placekicker

7
1,366 434
John Hannah is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
John Hannah Guard

8
1,295 285
Willie McGinest is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Willie McGinest Defensive end, Linebacker, Defensive lineman

9
1,604 348
Randy Moss is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Randy Moss Wide receiver

10
991 353
Andre Tippett is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Andre Tippett Linebacker

11
1,604 328
Julian Edelman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
RobMahoney added Julian Edelman Wide receiver

12
1,089 241
Rodney Harrison is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Rodney Harrison Safety, Defensive back

13
1,109 515
Wes Welker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Wes Welker Wide receiver

14
1,110 260
Troy Brown is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Troy Brown Cornerback, Return specialist, Punt returner

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15
825 229
Richard Seymour is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Richard Seymour Defensive tackle

16
1,203 359
Stephen Gostkowski is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
wiabux added Stephen Gostkowski Placekicker

17
1,020 439
Drew Bledsoe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time

18
788 211
Mike Vrabel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Mike Vrabel Linebacker, Tight end

19
767 247
Deion Branch is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Deion Branch Wide receiver

20
621 241
Curtis Martin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Curtis Martin Running back

21
553 244
Mike Haynes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Mike Haynes Cornerback

The Best New England Patriots Quarterbacks of All Time

22
642 230
Logan Mankins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time

23
828 218
Rob Ninkovich is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
wiabux added Rob Ninkovich Linebacker

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643 268
Ben Coates is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Ben Coates Tight end

25
570 232
Steve Grogan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Steve Grogan Quarterback

26
480 175
Bruce Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time

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494 167
Matt Light is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Matt Light Tackle

28
541 96
Devin McCourty is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
JamieLamb added Devin McCourty Cornerback

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475 166
Stanley Morgan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Stanley Morgan Wide receiver

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377 170
Steve Nelson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
wiabux added Steve Nelson Linebacker

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640 167
Kevin Faulk is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Kevin Faulk Running back

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435 181
Gino Cappelletti is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Gino Cappelletti Wide receiver, Placekicker

33
587 167
Lawyer Milloy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Lawyer Milloy Strong Safety, Defensive back

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398 33
Dont'a Hightower is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Dont'a Hightower Linebacker

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363 208
Russ Francis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Russ Francis Tight end

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361 99
Jerod Mayo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
RobMahoney added Jerod Mayo Linebacker

37
293 170
Nick Buoniconti is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Nick Buoniconti Offensive Lineman, Guard, Linebacker

38
552 167
Malcolm Butler is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
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382 136
Sam Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Sam Cunningham Running back, Fullback

40
377 150
Irving Fryar is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Irving Fryar Return specialist, Wide receiver

41
438 153
Corey Dillon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Corey Dillon Running back

42
297 188
Ted Johnson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Ted Johnson Linebacker

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357 147
Jim Nance is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Jim Nance Running back, Fullback

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392 177
LeGarrette Blount is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
john98cc added LeGarrette Blount Running back

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249 76
Patrick Chung is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
RobMahoney added Patrick Chung Safety

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413 188
Asante Samuel is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Asante Samuel Cornerback

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282 108
Dion Lewis is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
_1446658486548 added Dion Lewis Running back

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233 52
Nate Solder is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
RobMahoney added Nate Solder Tackle

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222 55
Matthew Slater is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
RobMahoney added Matthew Slater Safety, Wide receiver

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199 77
Raymond Clayborn is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
slaft added Raymond Clayborn Cornerback, Defensive back