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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
3,603 344
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Tom Brady Quarterback

2
2,535 483
Rob Gronkowski is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Rob Gronkowski Tight end

3
1,685 442
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
1,652 374
Tedy Bruschi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time

5
1,441 353
Adam Vinatieri is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Adam Vinatieri Placekicker

6
1,583 470
Vince Wilfork is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Vince Wilfork Defensive lineman

7
1,280 404
John Hannah is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
John Hannah Guard

8
1,198 272
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
937 324
Andre Tippett is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Andre Tippett Linebacker

10
1,500 329
Randy Moss is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Randy Moss Wide receiver

11
1,511 313
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
1,039 490
Wes Welker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Wes Welker Wide receiver

13
1,018 234
Rodney Harrison is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Rodney Harrison Safety, Defensive back

14
1,051 247
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

The Best New England Patriots Quarterbacks of All Time

15
968 411
Drew Bledsoe is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time

16
1,145 341
Stephen Gostkowski is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
wiabux added Stephen Gostkowski Placekicker

17
778 217
Richard Seymour is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Richard Seymour Defensive tackle

18
740 198
Mike Vrabel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Mike Vrabel Linebacker, Tight end

19
516 228
Mike Haynes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Mike Haynes Cornerback

20
716 234
Deion Branch is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Deion Branch Wide receiver

21
613 215
Logan Mankins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time

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22
577 229
Curtis Martin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Curtis Martin Running back

23
614 254
Ben Coates is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Ben Coates Tight end

24
783 204
Rob Ninkovich is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
wiabux added Rob Ninkovich Linebacker

25
546 218
Steve Grogan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Steve Grogan Quarterback

26
461 153
Matt Light is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Matt Light Tackle

27
446 168
Bruce Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time

28
502 89
Devin McCourty is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
JamieLamb added Devin McCourty Cornerback

The Best New England Patriots Running Backs of All Time

29
449 155
Stanley Morgan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Stanley Morgan Wide receiver

30
355 158
Steve Nelson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
wiabux added Steve Nelson Linebacker

31
606 163
Kevin Faulk is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Kevin Faulk Running back

32
415 170
Gino Cappelletti is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Gino Cappelletti Wide receiver, Placekicker

33
561 156
Lawyer Milloy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Lawyer Milloy Strong Safety, Defensive back

34
353 26
Dont'a Hightower is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Dont'a Hightower Linebacker

35
345 196
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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36
281 157
Nick Buoniconti is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Nick Buoniconti Offensive Lineman, Guard, Linebacker

37
336 89
Jerod Mayo is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
RobMahoney added Jerod Mayo Linebacker

38
520 155
Malcolm Butler is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
fffttttttv added Malcolm Butler

39
362 128
Sam Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Sam Cunningham Running back, Fullback

40
355 144
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
342 138
Jim Nance is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Jim Nance Running back, Fullback

42
412 148
Corey Dillon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Corey Dillon Running back

The Best New England Patriots Coaches of All Time

43
282 181
Ted Johnson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Ted Johnson Linebacker

44
370 161
LeGarrette Blount is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
john98cc added LeGarrette Blount Running back

45
389 180
Asante Samuel is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Asante Samuel Cornerback

46
219 71
Patrick Chung is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
RobMahoney added Patrick Chung Safety

47
262 94
Dion Lewis is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
_1446658486548 added Dion Lewis Running back

48
203 43
Nate Solder is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
RobMahoney added Nate Solder Tackle

49
183 69
Raymond Clayborn is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
slaft added Raymond Clayborn Cornerback, Defensive back

50
196 50
Matthew Slater is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
RobMahoney added Matthew Slater Safety, Wide receiver