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
4,025 396
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Quarterback

2
2,832 583
Rob Gronkowski is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Tight end

3
1,911 525
Ty Law is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

4
1,880 448
Tedy Bruschi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Linebacker

5
1,782 538
Vince Wilfork is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Defensive lineman

6
1,642 430
Adam Vinatieri is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Placekicker

7
1,483 466
John Hannah is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Guard

8
1,407 306
Willie McGinest is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Defensive end, Linebacker, Defensive lineman

9
1,075 381
Andre Tippett is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Linebacker

10
1,743 379
Randy Moss is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Wide receiver

11
1,730 358
Julian Edelman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
RobMahoney added Wide receiver

12
1,214 549
Wes Welker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Wide receiver

13
1,172 256
Rodney Harrison is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Safety, Defensive back

14
1,184 276
Troy Brown is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Cornerback, Return specialist, Punt returner

15
883 245
Richard Seymour is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Defensive tackle

16
1,275 380
Stephen Gostkowski is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
wiabux added Placekicker

17
1,085 473
Drew Bledsoe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Quarterback

18
845 230
Mike Vrabel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Linebacker, Tight end

19
604 255
Mike Haynes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Cornerback

20
669 259
Curtis Martin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Running back

21
817 264
Deion Branch is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Wide receiver

22
687 241
Logan Mankins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time

23
689 282
Ben Coates is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Tight end

24
889 235
Rob Ninkovich is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
wiabux added Linebacker

25
609 250
Steve Grogan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Quarterback

26
521 187
Bruce Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time

27
540 177
Matt Light is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Tackle

28
596 107
Devin McCourty is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
JamieLamb added Cornerback

29
520 177
Stanley Morgan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Wide receiver

30
691 174
Kevin Faulk is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Running back

31
407 181
Steve Nelson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
wiabux added Linebacker

32
633 177
Lawyer Milloy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Strong Safety, Defensive back

33
469 192
Gino Cappelletti is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Wide receiver, Placekicker

34
461 41
Dont'a Hightower is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Linebacker

35
406 108
Jerod Mayo is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
RobMahoney added Linebacker

36
389 223
Russ Francis is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Tight end

37
317 180
Nick Buoniconti is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Offensive Lineman, Guard, Linebacker

38
411 147
Sam Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Running back, Fullback

39
404 162
Irving Fryar is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Return specialist, Wide receiver

40
473 163
Corey Dillon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Running back

41
384 152
Jim Nance is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Running back, Fullback

42
295 87
Patrick Chung is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
RobMahoney added Safety

43
317 199
Ted Johnson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Linebacker

44
430 195
LeGarrette Blount is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
john98cc added Running back

45
450 198
Asante Samuel is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Cornerback

46
276 59
Nate Solder is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
RobMahoney added Tackle

47
260 67
Matthew Slater is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
RobMahoney added Safety, Wide receiver

48
222 86
Raymond Clayborn is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
slaft added Cornerback, Defensive back

49
309 128
Dion Lewis is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
_1446658486548 added Running back

50
298 57
Danny Amendola is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
CMCSS03 added Wide receiver