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The Best New England Patriots Of All Time

Updated May 5, 2020 112.3k votes 10.7k voters 168.5k views246 items

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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 former 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 were added to the roster. Tom Brady isn't only considered one of the most famous 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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    Tom Brady

    Quarterback
    Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. (born August 3, 1977) is an American football quarterback for...  more

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    Robert James Gronkowski (born May 14, 1989), nicknamed "Gronk" is an American football tight...  more

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    Julian Edelman

    Wide receiver
    Julian Francis Edelman (born May 22, 1986) is an American football wide receiver and punt...  more

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    Randy Moss

    Wide receiver
    Randy Gene Moss (born February 13, 1977) is a television sports analyst and former American...  more

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    Troy Brown

    Cornerback, Return specialist
    Troy Fitzgerald Brown (born July 2, 1971) is a former American football wide receiver in the...  more
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    Rodney Harrison

    Safety, Defensive back
    Rodney Scott Harrison (born December 15, 1971) is an American former professional football...  more
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    John Allen Hannah (born April 4, 1951), nicknamed Hog, is a former American football left...  more

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    Willie McGinest

    Defensive end, Linebacker
    William Lee McGinest, Jr. (born December 11, 1971) is a former American football linebacker...  more
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    Devin McCourty

    Cornerback
    Devin McCourty (born August 13, 1987) is an American football free safety for the New England...  more
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    Ty Law

    Cornerback, Safety
    Tajuan E. "Ty" Law (born February 10, 1974) is a former American football cornerback who...  more
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    Dont'a Hightower

    Linebacker
    Qualin Dont'a Hightower (born March 12, 1990) is an American football outside linebacker for...  more
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    Richard Seymour

    Defensive tackle
    Richard Vershaun Seymour (born October 6, 1979) is a former American football defensive tackle...  more
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    Vince Wilfork

    Defensive lineman
    Vincent Lamar Wilfork (born November 4, 1981) is a former American football nose tackle who...  more

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    Tedy Bruschi

    Linebacker
    Tedy Lacap Bruschi (; born June 9, 1973) is a former professional American football player who...  more
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    Mike Vrabel

    Linebacker, Tight end
    Michael George Vrabel (; born August 14, 1975) is an American football coach and former...  more

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    Adam Vinatieri

    Placekicker
    Adam Matthew Vinatieri (born December 28, 1972) is an American football placekicker for the...  more

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    Andre Tippett

    Linebacker
    Andre Bernard Tippett (born December 27, 1959) is a former American football player who was an...  more
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    Kevin Faulk

    Running back
    Kevin Troy Faulk (born June 5, 1976) is a former American football running back who spent his...  more

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    Stanley Morgan

    Wide receiver
    Stanley Douglas Morgan (born February 17, 1955) is an American former football player who was...  more
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    Matthew Charles Light (born June 23, 1978) is a former American football offensive tackle who...  more
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    Rob Ninkovich

    Linebacker
    Robert Michael Ninkovich (born February 1, 1984) is a former American football outside...  more
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    Logan Lee Mankins (born March 10, 1982) is a former American football guard who played eleven...  more
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    Stephon Gilmore

    Cornerback, Defensive back
    Stephon Stiles Gilmore (born September 19, 1990) is an American football cornerback for the...  more
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    Bruce Charles Armstrong (born September 7, 1965) is an American former football player who was...  more
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    James White

    Running back
    James Calvin White (born February 3, 1992) is an American football running back for the New...  more