The New England Patriots have dominated the NFL for the past decade. From 2000-2008, the Patriots have made the playoffs six times, won three Super Bowls and went undefeated in the regular season in 2007. With two weeks left in the 2009 regular season, they are one win away from clinching their seventh playoff appearance in the 2000’s. The Patriots have been loaded with talent throughout the decade, and find a way to replace any stars they do happen to lose. Out of all the players that wore a New England Patriots jersey, these are the best five of the 2000’s. (Only accomplishments and stats while playing for the New England Patriots from 2000-2009 were considered.)
1. Tom Brady – If it shocks you that I picked Tom Brady as the best New England Patriot in the 2000’s, then I’m guessing you don’t like football. With two games remaining in the 2009 season, Tom Brady is only 55 yards shy of his third career 4,000 yard season. He is already considered one of the best quarterbacks in NFL history and has led the Patriots to four Superbowls, of which they won three of them. He has passed for over 30,000 years and 220 touchdowns, while throwing only 98 interceptions. He has a career QB rating of 93.0 and has been selected to four Pro Bowls. He has one regular season MVP award and two Super Bowl MVP Awards.
2. Randy Moss – Moss still has two more games to go before he completes his third season with the New England Patriots, but he has been so dominant that he still made it into the top five New England Patriots of the 2000’s. In only 46 games, Moss has 3,645 yards receiving and 44 touchdowns.
3. Adam Vinateri – With all the great players the Patriots have had in the past decade, it might seem weird to some people to have Vinateri on this list, let alone #3. I’m not even going to bother going over his stats because they don’t mean a darn thing. Adam Vinateri was clutch every time the Patriots needed him to be, and that is why he is the third best New Patriots player in the 2000’s. His clutch kicks include two field goals in a blizzard in the 2001 playoffs against the Raiders and two Super Bowl winning field goals. He is the only kicker in NFL history to kick two game winning field goals in the final play of a Super Bowl.
4. Mike Vrabel – Vrabel played for the New England Patriots from 2001-2008. In those eight seasons, he had 606 tackles, 48 sacks and 11 interceptions. He was selected to the 2007 Pro Bowl by recording 77 tackles, 12.5 sacks and 5 forced fumbles.
5. Tedy Bruschi – Bruschi played his entire 13-year career as a New England Patriot, with nine of those seasons coming in the 2000’s. He was selected to the Pro Bowl twice and won the NFL Comeback Player of The Year Award in 2004. From 2000-2008, Bruschi had four seasons with 100 or more tackles, 11 interceptions and 18.5 sacks.