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
4,043 396
Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Quarterback

2
2,845 587
Rob Gronkowski is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Tight end

3
1,917 530
Ty Law is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back

4
1,890 451
Tedy Bruschi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Linebacker

5
1,788 539
Vince Wilfork is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Defensive lineman

6
1,649 432
Adam Vinatieri is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Placekicker

7
1,488 472
John Hannah is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Guard

8
1,417 306
Willie McGinest is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Defensive end, Linebacker, Defensive lineman

9
1,078 384
Andre Tippett is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Linebacker

10
1,751 380
Randy Moss is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Wide receiver

11
1,737 359
Julian Edelman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
RobMahoney added Wide receiver

12
1,219 551
Wes Welker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Wide receiver

13
1,174 258
Rodney Harrison is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Safety, Defensive back

14
1,191 276
Troy Brown is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Cornerback, Return specialist, Punt returner

15
886 245
Richard Seymour is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Defensive tackle

16
1,279 382
Stephen Gostkowski is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
wiabux added Placekicker

17
1,088 474
Drew Bledsoe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Quarterback

18
847 231
Mike Vrabel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Linebacker, Tight end

19
606 256
Mike Haynes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Cornerback

20
671 259
Curtis Martin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Running back

21
817 266
Deion Branch is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Wide receiver

22
687 243
Logan Mankins is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time

23
689 284
Ben Coates is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Tight end

24
891 236
Rob Ninkovich is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
wiabux added Linebacker

25
611 250
Steve Grogan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Quarterback

26
541 179
Matt Light is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Tackle

27
521 189
Bruce Armstrong is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time

28
599 108
Devin McCourty is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
JamieLamb added Cornerback

29
522 178
Stanley Morgan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Wide receiver

30
695 174
Kevin Faulk is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Running back

31
408 182
Steve Nelson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
wiabux added Linebacker

32
635 178
Lawyer Milloy is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Strong Safety, Defensive back

33
469 194
Gino Cappelletti is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Wide receiver, Placekicker

34
464 43
Dont'a Hightower is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Linebacker

35
407 109
Jerod Mayo is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
RobMahoney added Linebacker

36
389 225
Russ Francis is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Tight end

37
317 182
Nick Buoniconti is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Offensive Lineman, Guard, Linebacker

38
411 149
Sam Cunningham is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Running back, Fullback

39
405 163
Irving Fryar is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Return specialist, Wide receiver

40
474 164
Corey Dillon is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Running back

41
384 154
Jim Nance is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Running back, Fullback

42
295 89
Patrick Chung is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
RobMahoney added Safety

43
317 201
Ted Johnson is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Linebacker

44
433 196
LeGarrette Blount is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
john98cc added Running back

45
451 200
Asante Samuel is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Cornerback

46
278 60
Nate Solder is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
RobMahoney added Tackle

47
262 69
Matthew Slater is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
RobMahoney added Safety, Wide receiver

48
311 129
Dion Lewis is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
_1446658486548 added Running back

49
222 88
Raymond Clayborn is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
slaft added Cornerback, Defensive back

50
301 59
Danny Amendola is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
CMCSS03 added Wide receiver