Mike Alstott was a tremendously popular player and a very valuable role player. He was a decent lead blocker, but his strengths lay elsewhere. He was a terrific pass blocker, a great receiver out of the backfield and, most famously, a punishing runner. A-Train was ridiculously fun to watch, running through tackles and bowling over people. He became a highlights legend and the train whistle that sounded in the stadium whenever he would do his thing really got the crowd going. Though he was never an elite runner, he was one of the most reliable short-yardage backs in the league and a vital part of the offense.
Alstott was selected with the 35th overall pick in 1996, and was a Buccaneer for his entire 12-year career., which ended after a lingering neck injury made it impossible for him to continue playing. He made 6 Pro Bowls and was named a first-team All Pro 3 times. In just his first season he led the team in receptions with 65, as a fullback. He amassed 7372 yards from scrimmage and 71 total TDs.He's the all-time touchdown leader for the Buccaneers, and the second-leading rusher behind James Wilder. He's a Buccaneer legend, and deserves to be on any list of the best Bucs players in history.
Hit the jump for some highlights, though you may want to turn off the sound unless you really like Rammstein.
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10. Warrick Dunn
9. Doug Williams
8. Mike Alstott
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