Metro’s Top 25 of the last 25

Metro's Top 25 of the last 25: Metro Boston is on a mission to find out who the greatest Boston athletes of the past 25 years (1988-2013) are. Feel free to weigh in!
Metro’s Top 25 of the last 25: Metro Boston is on a mission to find out who the greatest Boston athletes of the past 25 years (1988-2013) are. Feel free to weigh in!

Metro Boston is polling its readers, writers and various Boston sports media on which Boston athletes of the past 25 years are the undisputed “greatest.”

Please fill out the form below and send to Metro Boston sports editor Matt Burke through e-mail or Twitter: matthew.burke@metro.us or @BurkeMetroBOS

Rules

- Athlete must have played for the Bruins, Celtics, Patriots or Red Sox in the past 25 years (1988-2013).
- Athlete must have played for a Boston team for at least three seasons in the past 25 years. Example: Gary Payton or Shaquille O’Neal would not be eligible for the list.
- Historical significance, tenure, time period, championships won are all factors

Please choose 25 players from this list and rank them in order of “greatness.” Write-in candidates are welcome. Please leave a comment at the end of your list as to why you ranked them the way you did and/or what part gave you the most pause for thought.

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Candidates

Celtics
Larry Bird
Reggie Lewis
Kevin McHale
Robert Parish
Paul Pierce
Antoine Walker
Kevin Garnett
Ray Allen
Rajon Rondo

Bruins
Cam Neely
Ray Bourque
Joe Thornton
Tim Thomas
Patrice Bergeron
Zdeno Chara
Tuukka Rask

Patriots
Bruce Armstrong
Andre Tippett
Drew Bledsoe
Ben Coates
Troy Brown
Curtis Martin
Willie McGinest
Ty Law
Lawyer Milloy
Adam Vinatieri
Tedy Bruschi
Kevin Faulk
Tom Brady
Damien Woody
Richard Seymour
Mike Vrabel
Corey Dillon
Antowain Smith
Matt Light
Logan Mankins
Vince Wilfork
Rodney Harrison
Randy Moss
Wes Welker
Rob Gronkowski
Deion Branch
Jerod Mayo

Red Sox
Wade Boggs
Dwight Evans
Mike Greenwell
Roger Clemens
Mo Vaughn
Nomar Garciaparra
Jason Varitek
Pedro Martinez
Manny Ramirez
David Ortiz
Curt Schilling
Mike Lowell
Josh Beckett
Jonathan Papelbon
Dustin Pedroia



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