He was a throwback to the days when fullbacks actually ran the ball. From the Orlando Sentinel-
Fullback Mike Alstott, maybe the most beloved player in Tampa Bay Buccaneers history, announced his retirement after 12 record-breaking seasons during an emotional morning news conference at team headquarters.
“Mentally, I feel like I can continue; physically I can’t,” said Alstott, the franchise’s all-time leader in touchdowns. “I’m very sad to be walking away from the game I love.”
Alstott, 34, spent the entire 2007 season on injured reserve after suffering his second neck injury in less than four years during training camp at Disney’s Wide World of Sports last August.
Alstott had a laundry list of people to thank, starting with former coach Tony Dungy, who along with former General Manager Rich McKay made Alstott the team’s second-round pick (35th overall) in the 1996 draft.
Alstott rewarded the Bucs with 5,088 career yards, a team-record 71 touchdowns (including 58 on the ground), 305 receptions, six Pro Bowl appearances and seven playoff berths during a career defined by a blue-collar style and the club’s rise from laughingstock franchise to world champion.
Alstott was a good player. Most fullbacks today have two jobs- block and occasionally go out for a pass. Run the ball? Maybe I’ve watched too much Miami Dolphin football over the last 10 years, but FBs taking handoffs seems to be something from a long ago era. It would shock me to see Miami use a FB like they did with Csonka in the 70′s, or even Andra Franklin from the 80′s, these days. Enjoy your retirement Mike.
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