Mike Alstott

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Mike Alstott
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Alstott in February 2010
No. 40
Position:Fullback
Personal information
Born: (1973-12-21) December 21, 1973 (age 47)
Joliet, Illinois
Height:6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight:248 lb (112 kg)
Career information
High school:Joliet Catholic (Joliet, Illinois)
College:Purdue
NFL Draft:1996 / Round: 2 / Pick: 35
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing attempts:1,359
Rushing yards:5,088
Average:3.7
Rushing touchdowns:58
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Michael Joseph Alstott (born December 21, 1973), is a former American football fullback who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 12 seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Nicknamed "A-Train", he played college football at Purdue and was selected by the Buccaneers in the second round of the 1996 NFL Draft. Alstott received six Pro Bowl and three first-team All-Pro honors during his career, in addition to being part of the Buccaneers team that won the franchise's first Super Bowl title in Super Bowl XXXVII. For his accomplishments in Tampa Bay, he was inducted to the Buccaneers Ring of Honor in 2015.

College career

Alstott attended Purdue University for four years, where he became the first player in school history named MVP in three consecutive seasons. Alstott scored 12 touchdowns as a sophomore, 14 as a junior, and 11 as a senior, and held the Purdue rushing touchdown record with 39 until Kory Sheets broke it in 2008. He averaged 5.6 yards per attempt during his Purdue career before graduating in 1995 with a bachelor's degree in business. He finished as Purdue's all-time leading rusher with 3,635 yards, including a school-best 1,436 yards in 1995.[1]

Professional career

Alstott signing autographs as a member of the Buccaneers in 2006.

Alstott was selected in the second round (35th overall) by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Buccaneers utilized Alstott primarily as a running fullback as opposed to a blocking fullback that teams were starting to switch to at the time. He was a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers team that won Super Bowl XXXVII (2002), played at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. Alstott rushed for 15 yards and the first Super Bowl touchdown in Tampa Bay Buccaneers history. He also caught five passes for 43 yards.

Alstott signed a one-year contract to stay in Tampa Bay for the 2005 season, and signed a similar contract at the conclusion of the 2006 season after contemplating retirement. However, he spent all of the 2007 season on injured reserve because of neck problems, leading to his retirement on January 24, 2008.

In the summer of 2007, shortly before he suffered his season-ending and ultimately career-ending neck injury, Alstott appeared in a television commercial for ESPN Fantasy Football along with former teammate Warrick Dunn, who was later signed by the Falcons.

He was ranked #10 on the NFL Network's "Top Ten Power Backs".

NFL career statistics

Rushing statistics

Year Team GP Att Yards Avg Lng TD FD Fum Lost
1996 TB 16 96 377 3.9 39 3 21 2 1
1997 TB 15 176 665 3.8 47 7 34 4 3
1998 TB 16 215 846 3.9 37 8 49 4 4
1999 TB 16 242 949 3.9 30 7 47 6 6
2000 TB 13 131 465 3.6 20 5 37 3 2
2001 TB 16 165 680 4.1 39 11 40 0 0
2002 TB 16 146 548 3.8 32 5 37 2 1
2003 TB 4 27 77 2.9 29 2 10 0 0
2004 TB 14 67 230 3.4 32 2 20 1 1
2005 TB 16 34 80 2.4 9 6 12 0 0
2006 TB 16 60 171 2.9 17 3 17 1 1
Total 158 1,359 5,088 3.7 47 58 324 23 19

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Receiving statistics

Year Team GP Rec Yards Avg Lng TD FD Fum Lost
1996 TB 16 65 557 8.6 29 3 28 2 1
1997 TB 15 23 178 7.7 26 3 13 1 0
1998 TB 16 22 152 6.9 26 1 7 1 1
1999 TB 16 27 239 8.9 24 2 11 0 0
2000 TB 13 13 93 7.2 21 0 3 0 0
2001 TB 16 35 231 6.6 19 1 9 2 2
2002 TB 16 35 242 6.9 44 2 11 2 1
2003 TB 4 10 83 8.3 17 0 3 0 0
2004 TB 14 29 202 7.0 20 0 11 1 1
2005 TB 16 25 222 8.9 24 1 11 0 0
2006 TB 16 21 85 4.0 18 0 6 0 0
Total 158 305 2,284 7.5 44 13 113 9 6

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Personal life

Alstott is married to Nicole Alstott. The couple have three children.[3] His son Griffin is the back-up quarterback at Western Michigan University after spending the 2017 season at Purdue.[4]

References

  1. ^ "2011 Purdue Football Information Guide" (PDF). cstv.com. Retrieved November 7, 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Mike Alstott". ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved January 23, 2014.
  3. ^ "Alstott & Family". Retrieved December 31, 2008.
  4. ^ "Griffin Alstott - Football". Western Michigan University Athletics. Retrieved January 25, 2020.

External links

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