8 different New England Patriots make it onto the NFL 100 All-Time Team
The New England Patriots were well-represented in the special reveal of the NFL 100 All-Time Team, having eight different figures make the final cut.
As part of the NFL’s centennial celebration, the NFL Network aired a weekly television series in which host Rich Eisen and guest hosts Cris Collinsworth and Bill Belichick unveiled the top players from the first 100 years of the NFL’s history – otherwise known as the NFL 100 All-Time Team.
A blue-ribbon judging panel made up of 26 members (media, coaches, former coaches, former players, team executives, etc) were ultimately tasked with narrowing down 10 decades of NFL history and finding the top players at every position, as well as the greatest head coaches of the game to date.
Of note, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick was one of the 26 judges selected for the panel.
Of greater note, the team had eight different individuals from its prestigious history selected to the final list of 100 NFL legends.
Those eight individuals included Belichick himself, as well as quarterback Tom Brady, tight end Rob Gronkowski, placekicker Adam Vinatieri, wide receiver Randy Moss, guard John Hannah, outside linebacker Junior Seau, and cornerback Mike Haynes.
Of those eight, only Belichick and Brady are still active on the Patriots – though Vinatieri is still active on the Indianapolis Colts, and he currently reigns as the oldest active player in the NFL. Gronkowski recently retired last March after a nine year career, all of which was spent with the Patriots.
Hannah also spent the entirety of his career with the Patriots, and is now a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Seau is another member of the Hall of Fame, and he played for New England from 2006-2009. He previously played for the San Diego Chargers and Miami Dolphins as well.
Moss was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame almost two years ago. He was in New England from 2007-2010, and was a major part of the undefeated regular season team that went 16-0 back in 2007. He is most famous for his time as a Minnesota Viking, however.
Haynes played in the NFL for 14 years, the first half of which he spent with the Patriots, and the second half of which he spent with the Los Angeles Raiders. As dangerous a punt returner as he was an exceptional cornerback, Haynes won a Super Bowl with the Raiders and also is in the Hall of Fame.