Best of the Best

The New England Patriots are my favorite team of all time. Throughout the years there have been so many star players it becomes hard to keep tabs. I have been following them my whole life, and have gone through dozens of favorite players, and some have even been before my time. In fact, growing up I used to idolize many of them. Despite this, I never graduated past the couch, but when it comes to the remote and sitting, I am an all star! Anyway, I was bored alone in a bar thinking about the Patriots like this, and their history, when I started compiling a list on a napkin of who the Patriots best players of all time are. I brought it home and by the end of the night the napkin was all torn up from the pen and my indecisiveness about picking players. I got home and fired up my computer and started doing some web searches to consult other peoples opinions (not that I really cared, like any good sports fan lol) and decided that I would have to limit my number of best players. Now my personal list, in no order (because I could not pick one) starts off with Ben Coates. Back in the early ninties he dominated. He got into the Patriots’ Hall of Fame and is one the best tight ends in all of football history in my opinion, which is probably why he was honored as a memebr of the NFL’s 1990s All-Decade Team. After that is linebacker Tedy Bruschi. Bruschi helped us get three titles and then even suffered a stroke, then came back to football, and that is awesome. Adam Vinatieri is probably my favorites, winning us three Super Bowls with his epic field goals. This list can not be made without mention of Steve Nelson. Nelson is a legend to me. Three-time All-Pro and only having missed three games in his entire fourteen year NFL career (I guess having a job you love probably helps that lets be honest). The legendary linebacker was MVP for the Patriots as part of the defense that got them into Super Bowl XX. An other from before my time, Steve Grogan. Grogan was not selected in the first or even second round of the draft, but the fifth, but even though this might seem like he was at the bottom of the barrel, he certainly was not. He spent his entire NFL career with the Patriots from 1975 to 1990. An other of my Patriot faithful, Bruce Armstrong. Armstrong was a six-time Pro Bowler at offensive tackle and spent his entire fourteen year career with the Patriots, earning his number 78 to get retired with him I think lastly my favorite player would have to be Mike Haynes. Haynes went to nine career Pro Bowls and became a member of NFL’s 75th Anniversary All-Time Team. His number 40 jersey got retired as well. So those are my favorite players from my scattered list of the top of my head.

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