|Born:||December 21, 1973|
Joliet, Illinois, U.S.
|Height:||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight:||248 lb (112 kg)|
|High school:||Joliet Catholic (Joliet, Illinois)|
|NFL Draft:||1996 / Round: 2 / Pick: 35|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics|
|Player stats at NFL.com · PFR|
Michael Joseph Alstott (born December 21, 1973), is an American former professional football player who was a fullback 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. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest fullbacks of all time. One of the NFL's YouTube channels called Alstott "the last legendary fullback".
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.
|Height||Weight||Arm length||Hand span||40-yard dash||10-yard split||20-yard split||20-yard shuttle||Vertical jump||Broad jump||Bench press|
|6 ft 0+3⁄8 in
|4.68 s||1.65 s||2.73 s||4.16 s||33.0 in
|9 ft 9 in
|All values from NFL Combine|
Alstott was selected in the second round (35th overall) of the 1996 NFL Draft 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 No. 10 on the NFL Network's "Top Ten Power Backs".
With 71 total touchdowns as a Buccaneer, Alstott broke the previous franchise record of 46 by running back James Wilder when he scored his 47th career TD on November 26, 2001. Alstott remained the Buccaneers' all-time leading touchdown scorer until November 22, 2021, when wide receiver Mike Evans scored his 72nd TD as a Buccaneer.
NFL career statistics
- Mike Alstott's Ascent to Become the LAST Legendary Fullback! | Throwback Originals, retrieved November 10, 2023
- "2011 Purdue Football Information Guide" (PDF). cstv.com. Retrieved November 7, 2011.
- "Mike Alstott, Combine Results, FB - Purdue". nflcombineresults.com. Retrieved January 20, 2022.
- "1996 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 30, 2023.
- Smith, Scott (November 23, 2021). "Mike Evans Breaks Mike Alstott's Touchdown Record". Buccaneers.com. Retrieved November 24, 2021.
- "Mike Alstott". ESPN. Retrieved January 23, 2014.
- "Alstott & Family". Retrieved December 31, 2008.
- "Griffin Alstott - Football". Western Michigan University Athletics. Retrieved January 25, 2020.