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The Best New England Patriots Of All Time

Updated May 5, 2020 111.7k votes 10.8k voters 169.0k 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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    Lawyer Milloy

    Strong Safety, Defensive back

    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

    Lawyer Marzell Milloy (born November 14, 1973) is an American former professional football player who was a safety in the National Football League (NFL) for fifteen seasons. He played college...  more
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    Matthew Slater

    Safety, Wide receiver

    BirthplaceOrange, California

    Matthew Wilson Slater (born September 9, 1985) is an American football special teamer for the New England Patriots. He played college football at UCLA, and was drafted by the Patriots in the fifth...  more
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    BirthplaceBaton Rouge, Louisiana

    Stephen Haunt Carroll Gostkowski ( gost-KOW-skee; born January 28, 1984) is an American football placekicker for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the...  more

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    Wes Welker

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceOklahoma City, Oklahoma

    Wesley Carter Welker (born May 1, 1981) is a former American football wide receiver who is currently an assistant coach for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He played...  more
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    Jerod Mayo

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceHampton, Virginia

    Jerod Mayo Sr (born February 23, 1986) is an American football coach and former linebacker who spent his entire National Football League (NFL) career playing for the New England Patriots. He played...  more
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    Deion Branch

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceAlbany, Georgia, United States of America

    Anthony Deion Branch, Jr. (born July 18, 1979) is a former American football wide receiver of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the New England Patriots in the second round of the...  more
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    Ben Coates

    Tight end

    BirthplaceGreenwood, South Carolina

    Ben Terrence Coates (born August 16, 1969) is a former American football tight end in the National Football League and former CIAA football coach and former NFL tight ends coach....  more

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    #18 of 87 The Greatest Tight Ends Of All Time#20 of 57 The Best College Football Tight Ends of All Time

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    Mike Haynes

    Cornerback

    BirthplaceDenison, Texas

    Michael James Haynes (born July 1, 1953) is a former American football player in the National Football League who played as a cornerback for the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Raiders. He...  more

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    Patrick Chung

    Safety

    BirthplaceKingston, Jamaica

    Patrick Christopher Chung (born August 19, 1987) is a Jamaican-born American football strong safety for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Patriots in the...  more
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    Curtis Martin

    Running back

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania

    Curtis James Martin Jr. (born May 1, 1973) is a former American football running back who spent the majority of his career with the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). Martin began...  more
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    Drew Bledsoe

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceEllensburg, Washington, United States of America

    Drew McQueen Bledsoe (born February 14, 1972) is a former American football quarterback who played fourteen seasons in the National Football League (NFL), primarily with the New England Patriots. He...  more

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    Steve Grogan

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceSan Antonio, Texas

    Steven James Grogan (born July 24, 1953) is an American former football player who was a quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) for sixteen seasons. He spent the entirety of his career...  more

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    #69 of 120 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time#25 of 45 The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s

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    Corey Dillon

    Running back

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington

    Corey James Dillon (born October 24, 1974) is a former American football running back who played in the National Football League (NFL) for ten seasons, primarily with the Cincinnati Bengals. In...  more
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    Danny Amendola

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceThe Woodlands, Texas

    Daniel James Amendola (born November 2, 1985) is an American football wide receiver for the Detroit Lions of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Texas Tech. He was...  more

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    Sam Cunningham

    Running back, Fullback

    BirthplaceSanta Barbara, California

    Samuel Lewis Cunningham Jr (born August 15, 1950) is a retired American football fullback. The media referred to him as Sam "Bam" Cunningham....  more

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    Jim Nance

    Running back, Fullback

    BirthplaceIndiana, Pennsylvania

    James Solomon "Big Jim" Nance (December 30, 1942 – June 17, 1992) was an American professional football player who was a fullback with the Boston Patriots during their days in the American Football...  more
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    Gino Cappelletti

    Wide receiver, Placekicker

    BirthplaceKeewatin, Minnesota, United States of America

    Gino Cappelletti (born March 26, 1934) is an American former professional football player. He played college football for the Minnesota Golden Gophers and was a star in the American Football League...  more
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    Steve Nelson

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceFarmington, Minnesota

    Steven Lee Nelson (born April 26, 1951) is a former professional American football linebacker who played for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL) from 1974 to 1987. Nelson...  more
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    Irving Fryar

    Return specialist, Wide receiver

    BirthplaceMount Holly, New Jersey, United States of America

    Irving Dale Fryar, Sr. (born September 28, 1962) is a former American college and professional football player who was a wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL) for seventeen seasons. ...  more
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    Nate Solder

    Tackle

    BirthplaceDenver, Colorado

    Nathaniel Perry "Nate" Solder (born April 12, 1988) is an American football offensive tackle for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the...  more
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    Raymond Clayborn

    Cornerback, Defensive back

    BirthplaceFort Worth, Texas

    Raymond DeWayne Clayborn (born January 2, 1955 in Fort Worth, Texas) is a former American Football cornerback who played for the New England Patriots (1977–1989) and Cleveland Browns (1990, 1991) of...  more
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    Junior Seau

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceSan Diego, California, United States of America

    Tiaina Baul "Junior" Seau Jr. (; SAY-ow; January 19, 1969 – May 2, 2012) was an American football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL). Known for his passionate play, he...  more

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    #60 of 1,323 The Best Football Players Ever#9 of 154 The Greatest Linebackers of All Time

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    Russ Francis

    Tight end

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington, United States of America

    Russell Ross Francis (born April 3, 1953), is a retired American football player, a tight end for thirteen seasons in the National Football League (NFL) with the New England Patriots and San...  more
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    Asante Samuel

    Cornerback

    BirthplaceFt. Lauderdale, Florida, USA

    Asante T. Samuel (born January 6, 1981) is a former American football cornerback. He played college football at UCF, and was drafted by the New England Patriots in the fourth round of the 2003 NFL...  more
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    BirthplaceNorfolk, Virginia

    Benjamin Seth Watson (born December 18, 1980) is an American football tight end for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Patriots 32nd overall in the...  more