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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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4,759 466
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Quarterback
Thomas Edward Patrick "Tom" Brady, Jr., nicknamed Tom Terrific, is an American football quarterback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. After playing college ...more

2
3,311 765
Rob Gronkowski is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Tight end
Robert James "Rob" Gronkowski, nicknamed "Gronk", is a tight end for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. He played college football for the University ...more

3
2,284 634
Ty Law is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back
Tajuan "Ty" Law is a former American football cornerback who played fifteen seasons in the National Football League. He played college football for the University of Michigan. He was ...more

4
1,964 538
Adam Vinatieri is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Placekicker
Adam Matthew Vinatieri is an American football placekicker for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League. He has played in five Super Bowls, four with the New England Patriots and ...more

5
2,228 554
Tedy Bruschi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Linebacker
Tedy Lacap Bruschi is a former American college and professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League for thirteen seasons. He played college football for the ...more

6
1,760 562
John Hannah is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Guard
John Allen "Hawg" Hannah is a former American football left guard who played for the New England Patriots in the National Football League. He was elected to the Pro Football Hall of ...more

7
2,101 609
Vince Wilfork is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Defensive lineman
Vincent Lamar Wilfork is an American football defensive tackle for the Houston Texans of the National Football League. He was drafted by the New England Patriots in the first round of the 2004 ...more

8
1,667 361
Willie McGinest is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Defensive end, Linebacker, Defensive lineman
William Lee McGinest, Jr. is a former American football linebacker who played fifteen seasons in the National Football League.

9
2,155 436
Julian Edelman is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
RobMahoney added Wide receiver
Julian Edelman is an American football wide receiver and punt returner for the New England Patriots. He was drafted in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Patriots. He played college ...more

10
1,272 459
Andre Tippett is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Linebacker
Andre Bernard Tippett is a former American college and professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League for twelve seasons during the 1980s and 1990s. He played ...more

11
2,101 462
Randy Moss is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Wide receiver
Randy Gene Moss is a retired American football wide receiver who played 14 seasons in the National Football League. He holds the NFL single-season touchdown reception record, the NFL ...more

12
1,472 636
Wes Welker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Wide receiver
Wesley Carter "Wes" Welker is an American football wide receiver and return specialist who is currently a free agent. He played college football for Texas Tech University and was ...more

13
1,391 315
Troy Brown is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Cornerback, Return specialist, Punt returner
Troy Fitzgerald Brown is a former NFL wide receiver, cornerback and punt returner in the National Football League. He was drafted by the New England Patriots in the eighth round of the 1993 NFL ...more

14
1,372 301
Rodney Harrison is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Safety, Defensive back
Rodney Scott Harrison is a retired professional football player of the National Football League. Harrison played safety for the San Diego Chargers and New England Patriots. He was a two-time Pro ...more

15
1,471 445
Stephen Gostkowski is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
wiabux added Placekicker
Stephen Carroll Gostkowski is an American football placekicker for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. He was drafted in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft with the ...more

16
1,021 283
Richard Seymour is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Defensive tackle
Richard Vershaun Seymour is a former American football defensive tackle in the National Football League. He played college football for the University of Georgia, and was drafted by the New ...more

17
1,270 539
Drew Bledsoe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Quarterback
Drew Bledsoe is a former American football quarterback who played fourteen seasons in the National Football League, best known as the starting quarterback for the New England Patriots from 1993 ...more

18
989 262
Mike Vrabel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Linebacker, Tight end
Michael George Vrabel is a former American football linebacker and current linebackers coach for the Houston Texans in the National Football League. He played college football at Ohio State ...more

19
723 294
Mike Haynes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Cornerback
Michael James Haynes is an American former National Football League cornerback who played for the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Raiders. He used his speed, quickness and range to ...more

20
952 297
Deion Branch is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Wide receiver
Anthony Deion Branch, Jr. is an American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. He was drafted by the New England Patriots in the second round of the 2002 NFL Draft. He played ...more

21
1,010 266
Rob Ninkovich is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
wiabux added Linebacker
Robert Michael Ninkovich is an American football player for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. He has played both defensive end and outside linebacker during his career.

22
803 314
Ben Coates is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Tight end
Ben Terrence Coates is a former American football tight end in the National Football League and former CIAA football coach and former NFL tight ends coach. Coates didn't play football until his ...more

23
782 297
Curtis Martin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Running back
Curtis James Martin, Jr. is a former American football running back who played in the National Football League for the New England Patriots and New York Jets over the span of 10 years. Martin ...more

24
778 274
Logan Mankins is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Guard
Logan Lee Mankins is an American football guard and tackle for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers of the National Football League. He was drafted by the New England Patriots in the first round of the 2005 ...more

25
728 129
Devin McCourty is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
JamieLamb added Cornerback
Devin McCourty is an American football free safety for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. He played college football for Rutgers University, and was drafted by the ...more