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Patriots rake in more 'Decade' honors

Posted by Albert Breer  May 11, 2010 05:57 PM

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Back in January, I had Decade Fatigue .. If I saw one more all-2000s list, well, I might've lost it.

But now? Since I haven't seen fresh one in a while, it's kinda cool to have another. And this is an idea that I haven't seen yet, so good for the USA Today for coming up with its All-2000s 53-man roster.

Patriots/Ex-Patriots QB Tom Brady, WRs Randy Moss and Wes Welker, DE Richard Seymour, LB Mike Vrabel, CB Ty Law and K Adam Vinatieri all made the list. What's interesting, and a sign of the times, is that only one of those players (Brady) spent the entire decade with New England, and only two of them (Brady, Seymour) were drafted into the league by this New England regime.

It really is proof positive of how the Patriots pulled every lever in this era of NFL football to build championship teams.

Oh, and the head coach of that 53-man roster? It's Bill Belichick, who has his buddies Mike Martz and Jon Gruden running the offense, but some potential for awkward moments with Tony Dungy in charge of the defense.

The USA Today also did a power ranking for the Aughts, which the Patriots finished first in, outdistancing the Colts, Steelers, Eagles and Giants.
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