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.
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1
4,157 402
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Quarterback

2
2,907 620
Rob Gronkowski is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Tight end

3
1,971 546
Ty Law is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

4
1,941 467
Tedy Bruschi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Linebacker

5
1,829 554
Vince Wilfork is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Defensive lineman

6
1,538 483
John Hannah is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Guard

7
1,699 452
Adam Vinatieri is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Placekicker

8
1,462 311
Willie McGinest is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Defensive end, Linebacker, Defensive lineman

9
1,104 390
Andre Tippett is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Linebacker

10
1,811 392
Randy Moss is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Wide receiver

11
1,774 376
Julian Edelman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
RobMahoney added Wide receiver

12
1,247 565
Wes Welker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Wide receiver

13
1,203 263
Rodney Harrison is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Safety, Defensive back

14
1,219 278
Troy Brown is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Cornerback, Return specialist, Punt returner

15
902 250
Richard Seymour is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Defensive tackle

16
1,304 388
Stephen Gostkowski is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
wiabux added Placekicker

17
1,111 481
Drew Bledsoe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Quarterback

18
871 233
Mike Vrabel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Linebacker, Tight end

19
625 260
Mike Haynes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Cornerback

20
688 262
Curtis Martin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Running back

21
834 270
Deion Branch is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Wide receiver

22
700 245
Logan Mankins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time

23
701 288
Ben Coates is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Tight end

24
910 239
Rob Ninkovich is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
wiabux added Linebacker

25
626 255
Steve Grogan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Quarterback

26
532 190
Bruce Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time

27
553 182
Matt Light is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Tackle

28
541 180
Stanley Morgan is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Wide receiver

29
610 111
Devin McCourty is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
JamieLamb added Cornerback

30
708 177
Kevin Faulk is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Running back

31
419 183
Steve Nelson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
wiabux added Linebacker

32
648 182
Lawyer Milloy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Strong Safety, Defensive back

33
478 196
Gino Cappelletti is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Wide receiver, Placekicker

34
478 47
Dont'a Hightower is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Linebacker

35
413 112
Jerod Mayo is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
RobMahoney added Linebacker

36
399 226
Russ Francis is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Tight end

37
324 183
Nick Buoniconti is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Offensive Lineman, Guard, Linebacker

38
421 150
Sam Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Running back, Fullback

39
413 166
Irving Fryar is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Return specialist, Wide receiver

40
482 168
Corey Dillon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Running back

41
393 156
Jim Nance is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Running back, Fullback

42
329 202
Ted Johnson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Linebacker

43
306 93
Patrick Chung is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
RobMahoney added Safety

44
461 204
Asante Samuel is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Cornerback

45
443 206
LeGarrette Blount is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
john98cc added Running back

46
286 64
Nate Solder is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
RobMahoney added Tackle

47
274 71
Matthew Slater is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
RobMahoney added Safety, Wide receiver

48
232 89
Raymond Clayborn is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
slaft added Cornerback, Defensive back

49
315 63
Danny Amendola is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
CMCSS03 added Wide receiver

50
317 135
Dion Lewis is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
_1446658486548 added Running back