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The Best New England Patriots Of All Time

Updated May 5, 2020 119.1k votes 10.4k voters 165.7k 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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  • 1
    Tom Brady
    5,910
    611

    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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 2
    Julian Edelman
    3,064
    738

    Julian Edelman

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceRedwood City, California

    Julian Francis Edelman (born May 22, 1986) is an American football wide receiver and punt... more on Wikipedia

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  • 3
    Randy Moss
    2,899
    684

    Randy Moss

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceRand, West Virginia

    Randy Gene Moss (born February 13, 1977) is a television sports analyst and former American... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Troy Brown
    1,721
    397

    Troy Brown

    Cornerback, Return specialist

    BirthplaceBarnwell, South Carolina

    Troy Fitzgerald Brown (born July 2, 1971) is a former American football wide receiver in the... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Rodney Harrison
    1,754
    395

    Rodney Harrison

    Safety, Defensive back

    BirthplaceMarkham, Illinois

    Rodney Scott Harrison (born December 15, 1971) is an American former professional football... more on Wikipedia
  • 6
    Rob Gronkowski
    4,073
    1,107

    BirthplaceAmherst, New York

    Robert James Gronkowski (born May 14, 1989), nicknamed "Gronk", is a former American football... more on Wikipedia

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  • 7
    Willie McGinest
    2,130
    544

    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... more on Wikipedia

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  • 8
    Devin McCourty
    1,314
    228

    Devin McCourty

    Cornerback

    BirthplaceNyack, New York

    Devin McCourty (born August 13, 1987) is an American football free safety for the New England... more on Wikipedia

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  • 9
    John Hannah
    2,399
    677

    BirthplaceCanton, Georgia

    John Allen Hannah (born April 4, 1951), nicknamed Hog, is a former American football left... more on Wikipedia

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  • 10
    Dont'a Hightower
    1,188
    143

    Dont'a Hightower

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceLewisburg, Tennessee

    Qualin Dont'a Hightower (born March 12, 1990) is an American football outside linebacker for... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Richard Seymour
    1,303
    344

    Richard Seymour

    Defensive tackle

    BirthplaceGadsden, South Carolina

    Richard Vershaun Seymour (born October 6, 1979) is a former American football defensive tackle... more on Wikipedia

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  • 12
    Vince Wilfork
    2,548
    760

    Vince Wilfork

    Defensive lineman

    BirthplaceBoynton Beach, Florida

    Vincent Lamar Wilfork (born November 4, 1981) is a former American football nose tackle who... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Ty Law
    2,929
    888

    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Tedy Bruschi
    2,631
    822

    Tedy Bruschi

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceCalifornia

    Tedy Lacap Bruschi (; born June 9, 1973) is a former professional American football player who... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    Kevin Faulk
    946
    219

    Kevin Faulk

    Running back

    BirthplaceLafayette, Louisiana

    Kevin Troy Faulk (born June 5, 1976) is a former American football running back who spent his... more on Wikipedia

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  • 16
    Mike Vrabel
    1,274
    342

    Mike Vrabel

    Linebacker, Tight end

    BirthplaceAkron, Ohio

    Michael George Vrabel (; born August 14, 1975) is an American football coach and former... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Adam Vinatieri
    2,511
    813

    Adam Vinatieri

    Placekicker

    BirthplaceYankton, South Dakota, United States of America

    Adam Matthew Vinatieri (born December 28, 1972) is an American football placekicker for the... more on Wikipedia

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  • 18
    Stanley Morgan
    821
    245

    Stanley Morgan

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceEasley, South Carolina

    Stanley Douglas Morgan (born February 17, 1955) is an American former football player who was... more on Wikipedia

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  • 19
    Andre Tippett
    1,569
    549

    Andre Tippett

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceBirmingham, Alabama

    Andre Bernard Tippett (born December 27, 1959) is a former American football player who was an... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Rob Ninkovich
    1,199
    360

    Rob Ninkovich

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceBlue Island, Illinois

    Robert Michael Ninkovich (born February 1, 1984) is a former American football outside... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    James White
    541
    77

    James White

    Running back
    James Calvin White (born February 3, 1992) is an American football running back for the New... more on Wikipedia
  • 22
    Lawyer Milloy
    795
    243

    Lawyer Milloy

    Strong Safety, Defensive back

    BirthplaceSt. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

    Lawyer Marzell Milloy (born November 14, 1973) is an American former professional football... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Stephon Gilmore
    567
    55

    Stephon Gilmore

    Cornerback, Defensive back

    BirthplaceRock Hill, South Carolina

    Stephon Stiles Gilmore (born September 19, 1990) is an American football cornerback for the... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Matthew Slater
    678
    157

    Matthew Slater

    Safety, Wide receiver

    BirthplaceOrange, California

    Matthew Wilson Slater (born September 9, 1985) is an American football special teamer for the... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Matt Light
    768
    236

    BirthplaceGreenville, Ohio

    Matthew Charles Light (born June 23, 1978) is a former American football offensive tackle who... more on Wikipedia