Football The Best New England Patriots of All Time  

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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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1
4,257 407
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Quarterback

2
2,973 641
Rob Gronkowski is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Tight end

3
2,025 558
Ty Law is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

4
1,994 476
Tedy Bruschi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Linebacker

5
1,743 463
Adam Vinatieri is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Placekicker

6
1,876 558
Vince Wilfork is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Defensive lineman

7
1,574 493
John Hannah is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Guard

8
1,493 315
Willie McGinest is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Defensive end, Linebacker, Defensive lineman

9
1,860 395
Randy Moss is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Wide receiver

10
1,130 399
Andre Tippett is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Linebacker

11
1,813 384
Julian Edelman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
RobMahoney added Wide receiver

12
1,285 568
Wes Welker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Wide receiver

13
1,233 268
Rodney Harrison is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Safety, Defensive back

14
1,246 282
Troy Brown is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Cornerback, Return specialist, Punt returner

15
919 256
Richard Seymour is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Defensive tackle

16
1,141 485
Drew Bledsoe is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Quarterback

17
1,329 394
Stephen Gostkowski is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
wiabux added Placekicker

18
894 237
Mike Vrabel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Linebacker, Tight end

19
644 263
Mike Haynes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Cornerback

20
708 267
Curtis Martin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Running back

21
723 290
Ben Coates is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Tight end

22
853 274
Deion Branch is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Wide receiver

23
714 250
Logan Mankins is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time

24
928 241
Rob Ninkovich is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
wiabux added Linebacker

25
640 258
Steve Grogan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Quarterback

26
547 192
Bruce Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time

27
568 184
Matt Light is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Tackle

28
555 181
Stanley Morgan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Wide receiver

29
628 115
Devin McCourty is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
JamieLamb added Cornerback

30
726 178
Kevin Faulk is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Running back

31
431 184
Steve Nelson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
wiabux added Linebacker

32
488 197
Gino Cappelletti is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Wide receiver, Placekicker

33
663 185
Lawyer Milloy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Strong Safety, Defensive back

34
498 50
Dont'a Hightower is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Linebacker

35
426 116
Jerod Mayo is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
RobMahoney added Linebacker

36
409 228
Russ Francis is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Tight end

37
330 184
Nick Buoniconti is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Offensive Lineman, Guard, Linebacker

38
431 151
Sam Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Running back, Fullback

39
614 195
Malcolm Butler is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
fffttttttv added Cornerback

40
420 170
Irving Fryar is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Return specialist, Wide receiver

41
492 170
Corey Dillon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Running back

42
403 157
Jim Nance is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Running back, Fullback

43
335 203
Ted Johnson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Linebacker

44
318 96
Patrick Chung is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
RobMahoney added Safety

45
476 208
Asante Samuel is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Cornerback

46
452 215
LeGarrette Blount is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
john98cc added Running back

47
295 68
Nate Solder is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
RobMahoney added Tackle

48
285 73
Matthew Slater is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
RobMahoney added Safety, Wide receiver

49
241 90
Raymond Clayborn is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
slaft added Cornerback, Defensive back

50
331 68
Danny Amendola is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
CMCSS03 added Wide receiver