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.

1
3,944 391
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Tom Brady Quarterback

2
2,777 565
Rob Gronkowski is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Rob Gronkowski Tight end

3
1,867 508
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
1,840 432
Tedy Bruschi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Tedy Bruschi Linebacker

5
1,740 529
Vince Wilfork is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Vince Wilfork Defensive lineman

6
1,607 418
Adam Vinatieri is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Adam Vinatieri Placekicker

7
1,449 458
John Hannah is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
John Hannah Guard

8
1,373 299
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
1,049 370
Andre Tippett is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Andre Tippett Linebacker

10
1,692 369
Randy Moss is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Randy Moss Wide receiver

11
1,689 350
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
1,147 253
Rodney Harrison is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Rodney Harrison Safety, Defensive back

13
1,178 541
Wes Welker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Wes Welker Wide receiver

14
1,165 271
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

15
867 239
Richard Seymour is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Richard Seymour Defensive tackle

16
1,251 376
Stephen Gostkowski is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
wiabux added Stephen Gostkowski Placekicker

17
1,066 465
Drew Bledsoe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Drew Bledsoe Quarterback

18
830 226
Mike Vrabel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Mike Vrabel Linebacker, Tight end

19
595 254
Mike Haynes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Mike Haynes Cornerback

20
659 256
Curtis Martin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Curtis Martin Running back

21
803 261
Deion Branch is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Deion Branch Wide receiver

22
676 238
Logan Mankins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time

23
674 280
Ben Coates is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Ben Coates Tight end

24
869 234
Rob Ninkovich is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
wiabux added Rob Ninkovich Linebacker

25
599 245
Steve Grogan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Steve Grogan Quarterback

26
509 185
Bruce Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time

27
524 175
Matt Light is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Matt Light Tackle

28
578 103
Devin McCourty is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
JamieLamb added Devin McCourty Cornerback

29
508 173
Stanley Morgan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Stanley Morgan Wide receiver

30
674 173
Kevin Faulk is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Kevin Faulk Running back

31
399 179
Steve Nelson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
wiabux added Steve Nelson Linebacker

32
460 188
Gino Cappelletti is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Gino Cappelletti Wide receiver, Placekicker

33
619 175
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
442 40
Dont'a Hightower is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Dont'a Hightower Linebacker

35
394 106
Jerod Mayo is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
RobMahoney added Jerod Mayo Linebacker

36
383 218
Russ Francis is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Russ Francis Tight end

37
309 177
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
403 144
Sam Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Sam Cunningham Running back, Fullback

39
395 160
Irving Fryar is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Irving Fryar Return specialist, Wide receiver

40
465 160
Corey Dillon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Corey Dillon Running back

41
375 151
Jim Nance is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Jim Nance Running back, Fullback

42
312 196
Ted Johnson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Ted Johnson Linebacker

43
282 84
Patrick Chung is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
RobMahoney added Patrick Chung Safety

44
419 192
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
440 196
Asante Samuel is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Asante Samuel Cornerback

46
264 57
Nate Solder is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
RobMahoney added Nate Solder Tackle

47
248 64
Matthew Slater is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
RobMahoney added Matthew Slater Safety, Wide receiver

48
300 122
Dion Lewis is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
_1446658486548 added Dion Lewis Running back

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216 84
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
282 55
Danny Amendola is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
CMCSS03 added Danny Amendola Wide receiver