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Michael Joseph Alstott (born December 21, 1973, Joliet, Illinoismarker), nicknamed "A-Train", is a former American football fullback in the National Football League. He spent his entire 12-year career with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He played college football at Purdue. During his career, Alstott was selected to six Pro Bowls and earned a Super Bowl ring with the Buccaneers in Super Bowl XXXVII.

College career

Alstott attended Purdue Universitymarker, 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 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.

Professional career

Alstott was regarded as one of the league's best power runners during his career, known for running over defenders and breaking tackles. In his time, the six-time Pro Bowler and four-time All-Pro was one of the few fullbacks who still carried the ball on a regular basis. Alstott is the leading scorer among non-kickers of the Buccaneers and he leads his team in touchdowns as well. Alstott holds the Buccaneers team record for touchdowns scored with 76 and was well-known as a team player.

He was a member of the Buccaneers team that won Super Bowl XXXVII (2003), played at Qualcomm Stadiummarker in San Diego, CAmarker. Alstott had an impressive performance in the game, rushing for 15 yards and a touchdown, the first one in that game, and the first Super Bowl touchdown in Tampa Bay Buccaneers history. He also caught five passes for 43 yards.

Alstott was not always a star player in the NFL. In fact, he played his first two NFL games with the name on the back of his jersey reading "Alsott" due to an oversight by team management.

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 then former Falcon Warrick Dunn, who was later signed by the Buccaneers.

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

Personal life

Alstott is married to Nicole Alstott, they have three children; their daughters are Hannah and Lexie along with son Griffin. Their family currently resides in St. Petersburgmarker. Along with his wife Nicole they formed the Mike Alstott Family Foundation. Alstott also owns Island Way Grill, a restaurant in Clearwater, Floridamarker along with former teammate tight end Dave Moore. Alstott also hosts an annual football camp. He was given the key to St. Petersburg on February 13, 2003. He makes an annual visit to St. Petersburg All Children's Hospital to attempt to make the holiday's more cheerful and to take photos with all the children.


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