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Buccaneers101.com’s Top 25 Buccaneers of All-Time: Number 5 – Mike Alstott

July 15th, 2012 at 6:59 PM
By Wolf Heard

5. Fullback Mike Alstott: Played for the Buccaneers from 1996 to 2007. Alstott was a hit from day one and instantly became a fan favorite in Tampa Bay. The A-Train had a legendary career with the Bucs and is the franchise leader in touchdowns and the second leading rusher.

Why Is Alstott No. 5?
Alstott was with the Buccaneers for 12 seasons, and is at the top of nearly every offensive statistical list. The big, bruising back from Purdue punished opposing defenses and electrified the home crowd with his highlight runs. He retired after the 2007 season and finished as the team's all-time leader in touchdowns by a wide margin. His 71 total touchdowns are 35 more than Wilder's 46 scores. Alstott was a six-time Pro Bowler and a four-time All-Pro, both of which are the most for an offensive player in franchise history.

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Alstott's Legacy With The Buccaneers:
He came to Tampa Bay as a hybrid back that could do a little of everything. A-Train left as the most productive offensive player in Buccaneers history. Alstott wasn't just a short yardage, goal line back; he was a good receiver out of the backfield too. He led the team with 65 receptions during his rookie season, and finished his career with 305 catches for 2,284 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns.

But nothing was better for a Bucs fan than hearing Gene Deckerhoff scream, "Alstott up the gut, touchdown Tampa Bay!" When the Bucs had the ball near the goal line, everyone – including the defense – knew the ball was going to Alstott. He had a nose for the endzone and found it more than any other player in team history.

Injuries may have slowed him down towards the end of his career, but Alstott was still as popular as ever when he retired after the 2007 season. In fact, Alstott may be the most popular player in team history; you'd be hard-pressed to find a person inTampa that didn't know about the A-train back during his playing days.

He finished his career with 5,088 rushing yards on 1,359 carries (3.7 YPC) and 58 rushing touchdowns.

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