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.
list ordered by

1
4,457 436
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Quarterback

2
3,105 703
Rob Gronkowski is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Tight end

3
2,132 594
Ty Law is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

4
2,087 512
Tedy Bruschi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Linebacker

5
1,834 489
Adam Vinatieri is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Placekicker

6
1,971 579
Vince Wilfork is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Defensive lineman

7
1,642 522
John Hannah is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Guard

8
1,559 331
Willie McGinest is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Defensive end, Linebacker, Defensive lineman

9
1,966 420
Randy Moss is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Wide receiver

10
1,187 423
Andre Tippett is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Linebacker

11
1,928 410
Julian Edelman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
RobMahoney added Wide receiver

12
1,359 595
Wes Welker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Wide receiver

13
1,289 282
Rodney Harrison is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Safety, Defensive back

14
1,309 296
Troy Brown is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Cornerback, Return specialist, Punt returner

15
1,204 505
Drew Bledsoe is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Quarterback

16
958 267
Richard Seymour is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Defensive tackle

17
1,393 407
Stephen Gostkowski is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
wiabux added Placekicker

18
933 249
Mike Vrabel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Linebacker, Tight end

19
674 281
Mike Haynes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Cornerback

20
758 301
Ben Coates is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Tight end

21
894 283
Deion Branch is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Wide receiver

22
739 283
Curtis Martin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Running back

23
742 263
Logan Mankins is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time

24
961 252
Rob Ninkovich is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
wiabux added Linebacker

25
672 271
Steve Grogan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Quarterback

26
594 193
Matt Light is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Tackle

27
565 202
Bruce Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time

28
583 191
Stanley Morgan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Wide receiver

29
661 122
Devin McCourty is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
JamieLamb added Cornerback

30
763 182
Kevin Faulk is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Running back

31
448 193
Steve Nelson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
wiabux added Linebacker

32
508 208
Gino Cappelletti is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Wide receiver, Placekicker

33
685 198
Lawyer Milloy is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Strong Safety, Defensive back

34
532 60
Dont'a Hightower is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Linebacker

35
446 124
Jerod Mayo is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
RobMahoney added Linebacker

36
429 239
Russ Francis is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Tight end

37
347 193
Nick Buoniconti is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Offensive Lineman, Guard, Linebacker

38
452 160
Sam Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Running back, Fullback

39
643 210
Malcolm Butler is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
fffttttttv added Cornerback

40
443 180
Irving Fryar is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Return specialist, Wide receiver

41
420 164
Jim Nance is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Running back, Fullback

42
510 181
Corey Dillon is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Running back

43
345 104
Patrick Chung is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
RobMahoney added Safety

44
345 212
Ted Johnson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Linebacker

45
499 214
Asante Samuel is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Cornerback

46
475 222
LeGarrette Blount is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
john98cc added Running back

47
313 77
Nate Solder is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
RobMahoney added Tackle

48
306 83
Matthew Slater is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
RobMahoney added Safety, Wide receiver

49
364 75
Danny Amendola is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
CMCSS03 added Wide receiver

50
256 99
Raymond Clayborn is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
slaft added Cornerback, Defensive back