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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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Tom Brady is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Quarterback
Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. (born August 3, 1977) is an American football quarterback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). Brady has played in nine Super ...more

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Rob Gronkowski is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Tight end
Robert James Gronkowski (born May 14, 1989), nicknamed "Gronk", is a former American football tight end who played his entire professional career for the New England Patriots of the ...more

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Ty Law is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Cornerback, Safety, Defensive back
Tajuan E. "Ty" Law (born February 10, 1974) is a former American football cornerback who played fifteen seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the ...more

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Vince Wilfork is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Defensive lineman
Vincent Lamar Wilfork (born November 4, 1981) is a former American football nose tackle who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 13 seasons. He played college football for the ...more

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Adam Vinatieri is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Placekicker
Adam Matthew Vinatieri (born December 28, 1972) is an American football placekicker for the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL). He has played in five Super Bowls: four with ...more

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Tedy Bruschi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Linebacker
Tedy Lacap Bruschi (; born June 9, 1973) is a former professional American football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for thirteen seasons. He played college ...more

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John Hannah is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Guard
John Allen Hannah (born April 4, 1951), nicknamed Hog, is a former American football left guard who played for the New England Patriots (1973–1985) in the National Football League (NFL). In 1999 ...more

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Julian Edelman is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
RobMahoney added Wide receiver
Julian Francis Edelman (born May 22, 1986) is an American football wide receiver and punt returner for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football ...more

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Willie McGinest is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Willie McGinest Defensive end, Linebacker, Defensive lineman
William Lee McGinest, Jr. (born December 11, 1971) is a former American football linebacker who played fourteen seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the New England ...more

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Randy Moss is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Wide receiver
Randy Gene Moss (born February 13, 1977) is a television sports analyst and former American football wide receiver who played 14 seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He holds the NFL ...more

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Andre Tippett is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Linebacker
Andre Bernard Tippett (born December 27, 1959) is a former American football player who was an All-Pro linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for 11 seasons from 1982 to 1993, missing ...more

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Troy Brown is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Troy Brown Cornerback, Return specialist, Punt returner
Troy Fitzgerald Brown (born July 2, 1971) is a former American football wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the New England Patriots in the eighth round of the ...more

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Rodney Harrison is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Safety, Defensive back
Rodney Scott Harrison (born December 15, 1971) is an American former professional football player in the National Football League (NFL). Harrison played strong safety for the San Diego Chargers ...more

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Richard Seymour is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Defensive tackle
Richard Vershaun Seymour (born October 6, 1979) is a former American football defensive tackle who played in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for the University of ...more

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Wes Welker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Wide receiver
Wesley Carter Welker (born May 1, 1981) is a former American football wide receiver who is currently an assistant coach for the San Francisco 49ers of the National Football League (NFL). He ...more

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Stephen Gostkowski is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
wiabux added Placekicker
Stephen Haunt Carroll Gostkowski ( gost-KOW-skee; born January 28, 1984) is an American football placekicker for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by ...more

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Drew Bledsoe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Quarterback
Drew McQueen Bledsoe (born February 14, 1972) is a former American football quarterback who played fourteen seasons in the National Football League (NFL), primarily with the New England ...more

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Mike Vrabel is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Linebacker, Tight end
Michael George Vrabel (; born August 14, 1975) is an American football coach and former linebacker who is the current head coach of the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League (NFL). He ...more

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Devin McCourty is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
JamieLamb added Devin McCourty Cornerback
Devin McCourty (born August 13, 1987) is an American football free safety for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Rutgers, and was ...more
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Logan Mankins is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Guard
Logan Lee Mankins (born March 10, 1982) is a former American football guard who played eleven seasons in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Fresno State, and was ...more
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Ben Coates is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Tight end
Ben Terrence Coates (born August 16, 1969) is a former American football tight end in the National Football League and former CIAA football coach and former NFL tight ends coach.

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Rob Ninkovich is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
wiabux added Rob Ninkovich Linebacker
Robert Michael Ninkovich (born February 1, 1984) is a former American football outside linebacker who played eleven seasons in National Football League (NFL). He played college football at ...more
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Deion Branch is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Deion Branch Wide receiver
Anthony Deion Branch, Jr. (born July 18, 1979) is a former American football wide receiver of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the New England Patriots in the second round ...more

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Mike Haynes is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Cornerback
Michael James Haynes (born July 1, 1953) is a former American football player in the National Football League who played as a cornerback for the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Raiders. ...more

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Stanley Morgan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New England Patriots of All Time
Stanley Morgan Wide receiver
Stanley Douglas Morgan (born February 17, 1955) is an American former football player who was a wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL) for the New England Patriots and Indianapolis

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