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The Best New England Patriots Of All Time

Updated May 5, 2020 111.6k 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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    Tom Brady

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceSan Mateo, California, United States of America

    Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. (born August 3, 1977) is an American football quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League (NFL). After playing college football for the...  more

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    BirthplaceAmherst, New York

    Robert James Gronkowski (born May 14, 1989), nicknamed "Gronk" is an American football tight end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He played most of his professional career for the New England Patriots...  more

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    Troy Brown

    Cornerback, Return specialist

    BirthplaceBarnwell, South Carolina

    Troy Fitzgerald Brown (born July 2, 1971) is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the New England Patriots in the eighth round of the...  more
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    Julian Edelman

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceRedwood City, California

    Julian Francis Edelman (born May 22, 1986) is an American football wide receiver and punt returner for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at...  more

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    Randy Moss

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceRand, West Virginia

    Randy Gene Moss (born February 13, 1977) is a television sports analyst and former American football wide receiver who played 14 seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He holds the NFL...  more

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    Rodney Harrison

    Safety, Defensive back

    BirthplaceMarkham, Illinois

    Rodney Scott Harrison (born December 15, 1971) is an American former professional football player in the National Football League (NFL). Harrison played strong safety for the San Diego Chargers and...  more
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    Willie McGinest

    Defensive end, Linebacker

    BirthplaceLong Beach, California, United States of America

    William Lee McGinest, Jr. (born December 11, 1971) is a former American football linebacker who played fourteen seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the New England...  more
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    BirthplaceCanton, Georgia

    John Allen Hannah (born April 4, 1951), nicknamed Hog, is a former American football left guard who played for the New England Patriots (1973–1985) in the National Football League (NFL). In 1999 the...  more

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    Devin McCourty

    Cornerback

    BirthplaceNyack, New York

    Devin McCourty (born August 13, 1987) is an American football free safety for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Rutgers, and was drafted by...  more
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    Ty Law

    Cornerback, Safety

    BirthplaceAliquippa, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Tajuan E. "Ty" Law (born February 10, 1974) is a former American football cornerback who played fifteen seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of...  more
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    Dont'a Hightower

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceLewisburg, Tennessee

    Qualin Dont'a Hightower (born March 12, 1990) is an American football outside linebacker for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the...  more
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    Richard Seymour

    Defensive tackle

    BirthplaceGadsden, South Carolina

    Richard Vershaun Seymour (born October 6, 1979) is a former American football defensive tackle who played in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of...  more
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    Vince Wilfork

    Defensive lineman

    BirthplaceBoynton Beach, Florida

    Vincent Lamar Wilfork (born November 4, 1981) is a former American football nose tackle who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 13 seasons. He played college football for the University...  more

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    Tedy Bruschi

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceCalifornia

    Tedy Lacap Bruschi (; born June 9, 1973) is a former professional American football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for thirteen seasons. He played college football...  more
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    Mike Vrabel

    Linebacker, Tight end

    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio

    Michael George Vrabel (; born August 14, 1975) is an American football coach and former linebacker who is the current head coach of the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League (NFL). He...  more

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    Adam Vinatieri

    Placekicker

    BirthplaceYankton, South Dakota

    Adam Matthew Vinatieri (born December 28, 1972) is a former American football placekicker. He played in the National Football League (NFL) for 24 seasons with the New England Patriots and...  more

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    Andre Tippett

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama

    Andre Bernard Tippett (born December 27, 1959) is a former American football player who was an All-Pro linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for 11 seasons from 1982 to 1993, missing all...  more
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    Kevin Faulk

    Running back

    BirthplaceLafayette, Louisiana

    Kevin Troy Faulk (born June 5, 1976) is a former American football running back who spent his entire 13-year professional career playing for the New England Patriots of the National Football League...  more
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    Stanley Morgan

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceEasley, South Carolina

    Stanley Douglas Morgan (born February 17, 1955) is an American former football player who was a wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL) for the New England Patriots and Indianapolis Colts....  more
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    Rob Ninkovich

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceBlue Island, Illinois

    Robert Michael Ninkovich (born February 1, 1984) is a former American football outside linebacker who played eleven seasons in National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Purdue as...  more
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    BirthplaceGreenville, Ohio

    Matthew Charles Light (born June 23, 1978) is a former American football offensive tackle who spent his entire eleven-year career playing for the New England Patriots of the National Football League...  more
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    BirthplaceCatheys Valley, California

    Logan Lee Mankins (born March 10, 1982) is a former American football guard who played eleven seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Fresno State, and was...  more
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    Stephon Gilmore

    Cornerback, Defensive back

    BirthplaceRock Hill, South Carolina

    Stephon Stiles Gilmore (born September 19, 1990) is an American football cornerback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL)....  more
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    James White

    Running back

    BirthplaceFort Lauderdale, Florida

    James Calvin White (born February 3, 1992) is an American football running back for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Wisconsin and was...  more
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    BirthplaceMiami, Florida, United States of America

    Bruce Charles Armstrong (born September 7, 1965) is an American former football player who was an offensive tackle in the National Football League (NFL) from 1987 to 2000, playing all 14 seasons with...  more