53 Man Roster

No. Player POS College Tenure (Years w/ NE)
12 Tom Brady QB Michigan 2000-present
14 Steve Grogan QB Kansas State 1975-1990
11 Drew Bledsoe QB Washington State 1993-2001
33 Kevin Faulk RB LSU 1999-2011
35 Jim Nance RB Syracuse 1965-1971
33 Tony Collins RB East Carolina 1981-1987
39 Sam Cunningham FB Southern California 1973-1981
86 Stanley Morgan WR Tennessee 1977-1989
83 Wes Welker WR Texas Tech 2007-2012
80 Troy Brown WR Marshall 1993-2007
80 Irving Fryar WR Nebraska 1984-1992
11 Julian Edelman WR Kent State 2009-present
87 Rob Gronkowski TE Arizona 2010-present
87 Ben Coates TE Livingstone 1991-1999
81 Russ Francis TE Oregon 1975-1980; 1987-1988
78 Bruce Armstrong T Louisville 1987-2000
72 Matt Light T Purdue 2001-2011
77 Tom Neville T Mississippi State 1965-1977
76 Sebastian Vollmer T Houston 2009-present
73 John Hannah G Alabama 1973-1985
70 Logan Mankins G Fresno State 2005-2013
61 Sam Adams, Sr. G Prairie View A&M 1972-1980
76 Charlie Long G Chattanooga 1961-1969
67 Dan Koppen C Boston College 2003-2011
56 Jon Morris C Holy Cross 1964-1974
75 Vince Wilfork DT Miami (FL) 2004-2014
65 Houston Antwine DT Southern Illinois 1961-1971
72 Tim Goad DT North Carolina 1988-1994
93 Richard Seymour DE Georgia 2001-2008
85 Julius Adams DE Texas Southern 1971-1987
50 Rob Ninkovich DE Purdue 2009-present
96 Brent Williams DE Toledo 1986-1993
56 Andre Tippett OLB Iowa 1982-1993
55 Willie McGinest OLB Southern California 1994-2005
53 Chris Slade OLB Virginia 1993-2000
50 Mike Vrabel OLB Ohio State 2001-2008
57 Steve Nelson MLB North Dakota State 1974-1987
54 Tedy Bruschi MLB Arizona 1996-2008
59 Vincent Brown MLB Mississippi Valley State 1988-1995
51 Jerod Mayo MLB Tennessee 2008-2015
26 Raymond Clayborn CB Texas 1977-1989
24 Ty Law CB Michigan 1995-2004
40 Mike Haynes CB Arizona State 1976-1982
22 Asante Samuel CB Central Florida 2003-2007
37 Maurice Hurst CB Southern 1989-1995
32 Devin McCourty S Rutgers 2010-present
27 Ron Hall S Missouri Valley 1961-1967
38 Roland James S Tennessee 1980-1990
36 Lawyer Milloy S Washington 1996-2002
37 Rodney Harrison S Southern Illinois 2003-2008
31 Fred Marion S Miami (FL) 1982-1991
3 Stephen Gostkowski K Memphis 2006-present
3 Rich Camarillo P Washington 1981-1987

 

 

Notable Coaches:

Bill Belichick (2000-present)

Pete Carroll (1997-1999)

Bill Parcells (1993-1996)

Raymond Berry (1984-1989)

Ron Erhardt (1978-1981)

Chuck Fairbanks (1973-1978)

Mike Holovak (1961-1968)

 

Starting Lineups:

Offense:

QB 12 Tom Brady

RB 33 Kevin Faulk

FB 39 Sam Cunningham

WR 83 Wes Welker

WR 80 Troy Brown

TE 87 Rob Gronkowski

LT 72 Matt Light

LG 73 John Hannah

C 67 Dan Koppen

RG 70 Logan Mankins

RT 78 Bruce Armstrong

 

Defense:

LE 85 Julius Adams

NT 75 Vince Wilfork

RE 93 Richard Seymour

LOLB 55 Willie McGinest

ILB 57 Steve Nelson

ILB 54 Tedy Bruschi

ROLB 56 Andre Tippett

CB 40 Mike Haynes

CB 26 Raymond Clayborn

FS 36 Lawyer Milloy

SS 37 Rodney Harrison

 

Special Teams:

K 3 Stephen Gostkowski

P 3 Rich Camarillo

 

MOST DIFFICULT DECISIONS:

Leaving off players such as:

20 Gino Cappelletti, Wide Receiver/Placekicker, Minnesota (1960-1970)

79 Jim Lee Hunt, Defensive Lineman, Prairie View A&M (1960-1970)

89 Bob Dee, Defensive Lineman, Holy Cross (1960-1967)

4 Adam Vinatieri, Placekicker, South Dakota State (1996-2005)

84 Deion Branch, Wide Receiver, Louisville (2002-2005; 2010-2012)

28 Corey Dillon, Running Back, Washington (2004-2006)

28 Curtis Martin, Running Back, Pittsburgh (1995-1997)

 

Who to Start At RB, CB

Obviously, the one position that was difficult was running back, and the reason being you could either go with Kevin Faulk who had a long resume with New England or choose the leading rusher out of the 3 at the running back position in Tony Collins. Jim Nance was a fullback who I decided could be used as a running back or a swing man. But I went with Kevin Faulk; he had a nice, long career with the Patriots and was always reliable.

At cornerback, which was a challenge, I went with the lethal weapon in Mike Haynes and another hard hitting corner in Raymond Clayborn. The newer generation of fans would argue and say Samuel and Law should be starting, but all fans must understand, the Patriots have a great arsenal at their disposal at the cornerback position.

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