Why register with the Steelers Fever Forums?
 • Intelligent and friendly discussions.
 • It's free and it's quick. Always.
 • Enter events in the forums calendar.
 • Very user friendly software.
 • Exclusive contests and giveaways.

 Donate to Steelers Fever, Click here
 Our 2013 Goal: $400.00 - To Date: $00.00 (00.00%)
 Home | Forums | Editorials | Shop | Tickets | Downloads | Contact Pittsburgh Steelers Forum Feed Not Just Fans. Hardcore Fans.

Go Back   Steelers Fever Forums > General Football > NFL Football


Steelers Fever Fan Shop

Doc's Sports Get FREE NFL Picks and College Football picks as well as Football Lines like live NFL Lines and updated NFL Power Rankings all at Doc's Sports Service.

Steelers Steelers - Giants Giants
August 9th, 2014, 7:30pmET

CBS
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 01-24-2008, 08:46 PM   #1
lilyoder6
locked behind Xanax bars
 
lilyoder6's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Playin' touch football, on marijuana street
Posts: 6,388
Gender: Male
Member Number: 2568
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Six-time Pro Bowler Alstott retires after 12 seasons

he was a very good fb.. he had many neck injuries i thought he wouldn't come back from
TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay's A-Train has made his final run.

Six-time Pro Bowl fullback Mike Alstott announced his retirement after 12 seasons Thursday, saying goodbye to the NFL during a tearful news conference in a meeting room where the Buccaneers played a highlight film of some of his most memorable plays.

The Bucs all-time touchdown leader, who played at Purdue from 1992-95, spent the 2007 season on injured reserve with a neck problem that was not related to a career-threatening injury that required surgery in 2003. He held little hope for a return, but still had difficulty saying his career was over.

Mike Alstott's single-game career bests:

? Rushes: 28, vs. Minnesota, Oct. 28, 2001
? Rushing yards: 131, vs. Denver, Sept. 26, 1999
? Rushing TDs: 3 (twice), vs. Minnesota, Oct. 28, 2001; at Cincinnati, Dec. 27, 1998
? Long run: 47 (for TD), at Atlanta, Nov. 9, 1997
? Receptions: 8, vs. Oakland, Nov. 10, 1996
? Receiving yards: 91, vs. New Orleans, Nov. 24, 1996
? Long reception: 44 (for TD), at New Orleans, Dec. 1, 2002
? Receiving TDs: 2, vs. Miami, Sept. 21, 1997

Alstott also ranks at, or near the top, of a number of prestigious Buccaneers team career lists. Below is a breakdown ... Buccaneers' all-time career TDs
Player Years TDs
1. FB Mike Alstott 1996-06 71
2. RB James Wilder 1981-89 46
3. TE Jimmie Giles 1978-86 34
Buccaneers' all-time career rushing TDs
Player Years TDs
1. FB Mike Alstott 1996-06 58
2. RB James Wilder 1981-89 37
3. RB Errict Rhett 1994-97 24
Buccaneers' all-time career scorers
Player Years Points
1. K Martin Gramatica 1999-04 591
2. K Michael Husted 1993-98 502
3. FB Mike Alstott 1996-06 432
4. K Donald Igwebuike 1985-89 416
5. RB James Wilder 1981-89 276
"Though mentally I feel like I can continue, physically I can't," he said. "The second injury to my neck will prevent me from playing football forever."

Flanked on a podium by his wife, coach Jon Gruden, general manager Bruce Allen and executive vice president Bryan Glazer, Alstott choked up on three different occasions while talking about how difficult it will be to not be around his teammates on a daily basis.

"If you needed a yard, Mike would get you two," said Glazer, one of the sons of Bucs owner Malcolm Glazer. "If you needed to grind out the game at the end, Mike was the man for you."

Arguably the most popular player in franchise history, Alstott was better known for bouncing off defenders and breaking tackles than as a traditional fullback whose job was to block for a featured runner.

He was selected to play in the Pro Bowl six consecutive seasons from 1997-2002, however his role in the offense diminished dramatically after Gruden arrived in Tampa Bay six seasons ago.

In 12 seasons, he rushed for 5,088 yards, second on the Bucs' career list. He also caught 305 passes for 2,284 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Glazer said 7,325 players have played since 1990. Alstott is the 18th during that span to play 11 or more seasons with one team and retire with that team.

Together with Derrick Brooks, Warren Sapp, John Lynch, Ronde Barber and former Bucs coach Tony Dungy, Alstott helped transform one of the NFL's worst franchises into a championship contender.

He entered the league as a second-round draft pick in 1996, and Glazer noted one of his two favorite Alstott moments came the following season when the fullback rumbled 31 yards for a touchdown that help the Bucs beat Detroit for their first playoff win in 18 years.

"It signified the beginning of a rebirth for this franchise," the team executive said, adding that his other favorite was Alstott's 2-yard touchdown run during Tampa Bay's victory over Oakland in the Super Bowl in January 2003.

"I lived in Chicago before we bought the Buccaneers, and I know how that town agonized over the fact that the great Walter Payton did not score a touchdown in its Super Bowl (victory)," Glazer said, turning toward Alstott. "I'm so happy that you had an opportunity to score a touchdown in this team's greatest time."

Alstott played down his personal accomplishments, instead stressing how gratifying it was to play with other outstanding players as part of a team that changed the perception of the franchise.

"We turned this into an elite organization," he said. "It's been a great ride, an unbelievable ride."

Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press.


http://www.nfl.com/news/story?id=090...o&confirm=true
__________________

Beer is proof God loves us and wants us to be happy ~ Ben Franklin
Freedom: some use it, Everyone enjoys it, A few defend it.
lilyoder6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2008, 07:32 AM   #2
stlrtruck
THE PRINCESS' Daddy
Supporter
 
stlrtruck's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Tampa, FL
Posts: 8,783
Gender: Male
Member Number: 2398
Thanks: 0
Thanked 3 Times in 2 Posts
Default Re: Six-time Pro Bowler Alstott retires after 12 seasons

Alstott was a football god in Tampa. His no nonsense approach and hard work ethics reminded a lot of the older fans about the days of long ago. When players didn't bitch about salary, play the game to make some new endzone dance, or move along to other teams.

As an intern for the bucs in 1998, I remember picking Alstott up from the cafe after breakfast and as he got into the van he was on the phone with his agent and had just received a new contract. He had a quirky smile on his face - for those who know Mike you know the smile - but he wasn't boastful or arrogant. Instead he seemed humble and appreciative.

Mike reminded me of the Steelers way of doing football. Hard nosed, smack them in the mouth, and keep moving football. He is one of only a handful that I would have loved to have seen in a Steelers uniform!
__________________

60 Minutes, 53 Men, 6 Trophies,1 NATION. . .STEELERS NATION!!!
Sig courtesy of STEELAX04
stlrtruck is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2008, 06:44 PM   #3
Steeler in Carolina
Team President
Supporter
 
Steeler in Carolina's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Wilmington, NC
Posts: 2,374
Gender: Male
Member Number: 1634
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Six-time Pro Bowler Alstott retires after 12 seasons

Hey Stlrtruck,

I see you live in Tampa. Do you listen to Bubba the Love Sponge?
Steeler in Carolina is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2008, 07:24 PM   #4
BlackAndGold4Ever
Bench Warmer
Supporter
 
BlackAndGold4Ever's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: New Milford NJ
Posts: 264
Gender: Male
Member Number: 8179
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Six-time Pro Bowler Alstott retires after 12 seasons

I have alot of respect for Mike Alstott , he is a hell of a football player, as well as a hell of a guy. I'm sure he'll have no trouble finding a job as a commentator, or an analyst if he wanted to. Heres to the future Mike
BlackAndGold4Ever is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-25-2008, 09:48 PM   #5
SteelCityMan786
SF's Youngest Legend
 

Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Hollidaysburg PA
Posts: 19,587
Gender: Male
Member Number: 541
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Default Re: Six-time Pro Bowler Alstott retires after 12 seasons

Congrats on a helluva carrier Alstott. A great class act.
__________________

786 Ways To Score Touchdowns
SteelCityMan786 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2008, 12:34 PM   #6
The Duke
Living Legend
 

Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 7,459
Gender: Male
Member Number: 4800
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Six-time Pro Bowler Alstott retires after 12 seasons

this is very sad

he will always be one of my favorite players

here's the retirement speech if anyone wants to see it

http://www.nfl.com/videos?videoId=09000d5d80638f73
The Duke is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2008, 01:06 PM   #7
lamberts-lost-tooth
Banned
 
lamberts-lost-tooth's Avatar
 

Join Date: May 2006
Location: Midwest
Posts: 10,829
Gender: Male
Member Number: 2363
Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Default Re: Six-time Pro Bowler Alstott retires after 12 seasons

Quote:
Originally Posted by The Duke View Post
this is very sad

he will always be one of my favorite players

here's the retirement speech if anyone wants to see it

http://www.nfl.com/videos?videoId=09000d5d80638f73
I actually remember him playing in the state playoffs in High School....Wow, I'm getting old....but what a great player.
lamberts-lost-tooth is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2008, 07:43 PM   #8
Rhee Rhee
Head Coach
 
Rhee Rhee's Avatar
 

Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: 808 state
Posts: 1,890
Gender: Male
Member Number: 7579
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Re: Six-time Pro Bowler Alstott retires after 12 seasons

Quote:
Originally Posted by lamberts-lost-tooth View Post
I actually remember him playing in the state playoffs in High School....Wow, I'm getting old....but what a great player.
that quite possibly is the coolest thing ever...

was he a freight train back then too? dragging defenders everywhere?

anyway

congrats to mike alstott... and if he doesn't get into the HOF... he'll be on every ones fantasy hall of fame ballot...
__________________
Rhee Rhee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-26-2008, 09:42 PM   #9
LambertIsGod58
Team President
 
LambertIsGod58's Avatar
 

Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Bridgeport, NY
Posts: 2,421
Gender: Male
Member Number: 410
Thanks: 29
Thanked 55 Times in 25 Posts
Default Re: Six-time Pro Bowler Alstott retires after 12 seasons

I always liked the way Alstott played the game...I hope he enjoys life out of the game.
__________________


"Life is a journey and you never arrive" Chuck Noll 1969-91
LambertIsGod58 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:05 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Shoutbox provided by vBShout v6.2.1 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
User Alert System provided by Advanced User Tagging v3.0.8 (Lite) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2014 DragonByte Technologies Ltd. Runs best on HiVelocity Hosting.
Navbar with Avatar by Motorradforum
no new posts