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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
3,722 367
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Tom Brady Quarterback

2
2,630 511
Rob Gronkowski is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Rob Gronkowski Tight end

3
1,753 468
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
1,728 389
Tedy Bruschi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time

5
1,505 377
Adam Vinatieri is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Adam Vinatieri Placekicker

6
1,648 491
Vince Wilfork is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Vince Wilfork Defensive lineman

7
1,345 424
John Hannah is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
John Hannah Guard

8
1,267 282
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
1,575 342
Randy Moss is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Randy Moss Wide receiver

10
972 345
Andre Tippett is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Andre Tippett Linebacker

11
1,578 322
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
1,091 506
Wes Welker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Wes Welker Wide receiver

13
1,070 241
Rodney Harrison is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Rodney Harrison Safety, Defensive back

14
1,092 256
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 Running Backs of All Time

15
1,189 354
Stephen Gostkowski is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
wiabux added Stephen Gostkowski Placekicker

16
1,007 429
Drew Bledsoe is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time

17
813 227
Richard Seymour is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Richard Seymour Defensive tackle

18
777 206
Mike Vrabel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Mike Vrabel Linebacker, Tight end

19
610 237
Curtis Martin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Curtis Martin Running back

20
751 244
Deion Branch is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Deion Branch Wide receiver

21
542 239
Mike Haynes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Mike Haynes Cornerback

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22
638 226
Logan Mankins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time

23
817 215
Rob Ninkovich is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
wiabux added Rob Ninkovich Linebacker

24
636 266
Ben Coates is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Ben Coates Tight end

25
563 231
Steve Grogan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Steve Grogan Quarterback

26
475 173
Bruce Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time

27
482 166
Matt Light is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Matt Light Tackle

28
530 95
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 Quarterbacks of All Time

29
469 165
Stanley Morgan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Stanley Morgan Wide receiver

30
372 168
Steve Nelson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
wiabux added Steve Nelson Linebacker

31
629 167
Kevin Faulk is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Kevin Faulk Running back

32
430 179
Gino Cappelletti is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Gino Cappelletti Wide receiver, Placekicker

33
578 165
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
385 31
Dont'a Hightower is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Dont'a Hightower Linebacker

35
360 206
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
354 98
Jerod Mayo is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
RobMahoney added Jerod Mayo Linebacker

37
291 168
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
544 164
Malcolm Butler is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
fffttttttv added Malcolm Butler

39
378 135
Sam Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Sam Cunningham Running back, Fullback

40
373 149
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
433 152
Corey Dillon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Corey Dillon Running back

42
296 187
Ted Johnson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Ted Johnson Linebacker

The Best New England Patriots Coaches of All Time

43
354 146
Jim Nance is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Jim Nance Running back, Fullback

44
389 169
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
243 74
Patrick Chung is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
RobMahoney added Patrick Chung Safety

46
406 186
Asante Samuel is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Asante Samuel Cornerback

47
279 105
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
227 48
Nate Solder is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
RobMahoney added Nate Solder Tackle

49
196 76
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
213 55
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