Neck Injury Derails Tampa Bay's Mike Alstott After 12 Seasons as a Buccaneer

RealFootball365.comSenior Writer IJanuary 25, 2008

Mike Alstott, Tampa Bay's career touchdown king, tearfully announced his retirement Thursday after 12 seasons. The six-time Pro Bowl fullback did not play in 2007 because of a neck injury -- a different neck problem than the one he had in 2003. "Though mentally I feel like I can continue, physically I can't," the 34-year-old told reporters as coach Jon Gruden, general manager Bruce Allen and team VP Bryan Glazer stood by him. "The second injury to my neck will prevent me from playing football forever."

Commentary: Alstott was a running back in a fullback's body. He had a very good career in Tampa, scoring 71 touchdowns and rushing for the second-most yards (5,088) in franchise history. But he never should have been voted to six Pro Bowls as a fullback. That was a travesty that kept out better pure NFC fullbacks like William Henderson and Mack Strong. While he was great for the Bucs, Alstott was one of the most overrated players in NFL history.

Fantasy Football Impact: He used to be a touchdown machine, but Alstott was not used that much by Gruden. In six seasons under Tony Dungy, Alstott scored 50 touchdowns (40 rushing, 10 receiving). In five seasons under Gruden, Alstott scored just 21 times.

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