Mike Alstott retires

Tampa Bay Buccaneer fullback Mike Alstott, one of the most popular players in the team's history, has retired. Full Story
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sirfishalot211

United States

#1 Jan 24, 2008
Hope he stays around the team in a coaching and or scouting capacity.
Holly

Inverness, FL

#2 Jan 24, 2008
Well to tell the truth I won't miss him. Back in 97 I was managering a company and I waited on him, thanked him and went about my business. Then about 2 or 3 mins later he came back in the store and said do you know who I am and I said no I'am sorry he said I'am Mike Alstott and I play for the Tampa Bay Bucs. Then I said good and is there something else I can do for you. Then he left. I have always laughed about that story and it still makes me laugh. Maybe now I can become a Buc's fan. He is gone, Sapp left awhile back now if we could just get rid of the Coach. I might become a fan.
Land O Lakes

Lakeland, FL

#4 Jan 24, 2008
The train will be missed.

Since: Oct 07

Plant City

#5 Jan 24, 2008
And sadly I blow my A-Train whistle one more time.
I believe we'll be hard pressed to find another player with his integerity and heart. Just as sirfishalot211, I hope he returns in a coaching capacity as well. Best wishes Mike! You will be missed!!!
Beth

Tampa, FL

#6 Jan 24, 2008
Holly wrote:
Well to tell the truth I won't miss him. Back in 97 I was managering a company and I waited on him, thanked him and went about my business. Then about 2 or 3 mins later he came back in the store and said do you know who I am and I said no I'am sorry he said I'am Mike Alstott and I play for the Tampa Bay Bucs. Then I said good and is there something else I can do for you. Then he left. I have always laughed about that story and it still makes me laugh. Maybe now I can become a Buc's fan. He is gone, Sapp left awhile back now if we could just get rid of the Coach. I might become a fan.
You wish you met Mike Alstott, I have meet him and he is awesome.
Christina

Spring Hill, FL

#7 Jan 24, 2008
It is always sad to hear of a spectacular player leaving the game, but even more so now. In this day of no more loyalty to teams and money being the bottom line, Mike Alstott is the true embodiment of a sports hero. He played for a team he loved and for the city he loved. He will be sorely missed.
Land O Lakes

Lakeland, FL

#8 Jan 24, 2008
Holly wrote:
Well to tell the truth I won't miss him. Back in 97 I was managering a company and I waited on him, thanked him and went about my business. Then about 2 or 3 mins later he came back in the store and said do you know who I am and I said no I'am sorry he said I'am Mike Alstott and I play for the Tampa Bay Bucs. Then I said good and is there something else I can do for you. Then he left. I have always laughed about that story and it still makes me laugh. Maybe now I can become a Buc's fan. He is gone, Sapp left awhile back now if we could just get rid of the Coach. I might become a fan.
I still don't understand why you are not a fan of his?
Scott

Tampa, FL

#9 Jan 24, 2008
Mike, thanks for the great years, and all the contributions you made to help bring the Lombardi Trophey to Tampa. You're a great player and a stand up guy, and your presence on the field will be missed. In this era of free angency, and big contracts, your loyalty to the team, and this community will ensure you spot in the hearts of all Buccaneers fans. Best of luck
TERI

United States

#10 Jan 24, 2008
And what about John Lynch? He even offered to drop his salary to stay. Mike Alstott is a pompous boob. He played softball at Msderia Beach and was a snob, He golfs at Pasadena Yacht and Country club aznd is a snob. So long, don't let the door hit you where the good lord split ya.
Chari Mercier

New Port Richey, FL

#11 Jan 24, 2008
Well, the A-Train has left the field but has not left our hearts and minds! Mike Alstott, thanks a bunch for the marvelous work you have done to help this team win division and conference championships, and the Super Bowl. Watching you play football was a lot of fun, especially when you would bulldoze thru that line to get a touchdown. Then, those A-Train whistles would be blowing like crazy! Unfortunately, we will never hear those A-Train whistles again until another Buc player shows up and deserves that title. Please take care of yourself and your health, have fun with your family, and we hope that you can stick around in Tampa and work for the Bucs in some football related capacity. You deserve a top job with them! We will miss you out on the field, and I also hope that you do get into the Hall of Fame in Canton. Your numbers from your 12 years of playing should be enough to get you in!
Love from a strong Bucs fan,
Chari Mercier :(
St. Pete, FL
Chari Mercier

New Port Richey, FL

#13 Jan 24, 2008
To Terri and Holly;
Your comments about Mike Alstott left me with a sick stomach and not a lot to be desired by all of the TRUE Bucs fans out here! You may have some sour opinions about the Bucs in general, but you all need to realize that Mike Alstott was a real professional football player, did alot for his community in the Tampa Bay area, was devoted AND loyal to the Bucs from year one, and intends to stay in this area. He has helped buy Christmas gifts for underprivileged kids during the Christmas holidays thru his foundation, and has given great advice to all of those young Bucs players that have come to the team to play over the years. He has been an asset for the team, for the community, and to the fans who watched him play thru all of those 12 years of playing for the Bucs. You say that he's an arrogant pompous jerk---I will differ with you on that statement! He is the nicest person that you will ever meet; my husband has met him once while working at a toy store a couple of years ago during Christmas, and he came from that very impressed. If Mike is a little bit terse, that's because he has a lot on his mind about a lot of things, especially over the last year having to deal with this second neck injury and trying to decide whether to keep playing football or retire from the game altogether. Today, he made that retirement decision, and believe me, that is the best decision he could have made for his overall health. Playing for one team for 12 years is a rarity these days when a lot of football players take advantage of free agency and go to other teams after 2 or 5 years. Mike Alstott was a true, loyal, faithful player on the Bucs team, ended his career with the Bucs, and now he's looking forward to enjoying his family and possibly working with the Bucs in another capacity related to football. I sure do hope that he does get into the Hall of Fame real soon! He deserves it!! The both of you should think about your attitude towards Mike Alstott and the Bucs as a whole, and appreciate the accomplishments that this strong football player has done for his team over those years! Unfotunately, the A-Train whistle will be silenced!! At least until there's another football player that can earn that distinction on the Bucs team!
I hope that I have helped you two understand the great impact that Mike Alstott has had for the Tampa Bay area and the Buccaneers.
Chari Mercier :)
St. Pete, FL
DENISE

Houston, TX

#14 Jan 24, 2008
THIS IS TRULEY A SAD DAY. BUT I DO HOPE THAT HE WILL ALWAYS BE A PART OF THE TEAM SO HE CAN BENIFIT THEM AND ALSO BE SEEN. WOW WHAT A LOOKER
TERI

United States

#15 Jan 24, 2008
I don't like the Bucs or Mike Alstott. And I met him 4 years ago, so don't give me the he had alot on his mind over his injury. And alot of players have helped underpriviliged children in this area. Some even give homes away. You are just a crazy loon
Land O Lakes

Lakeland, FL

#16 Jan 24, 2008
Chari Mercier wrote:
To Terri and Holly;
Your comments about Mike Alstott left me with a sick stomach and not a lot to be desired by all of the TRUE Bucs fans out here! You may have some sour opinions about the Bucs in general, but you all need to realize that Mike Alstott was a real professional football player, did alot for his community in the Tampa Bay area, was devoted AND loyal to the Bucs from year one, and intends to stay in this area. He has helped buy Christmas gifts for underprivileged kids during the Christmas holidays thru his foundation, and has given great advice to all of those young Bucs players that have come to the team to play over the years. He has been an asset for the team, for the community, and to the fans who watched him play thru all of those 12 years of playing for the Bucs. You say that he's an arrogant pompous jerk---I will differ with you on that statement! He is the nicest person that you will ever meet; my husband has met him once while working at a toy store a couple of years ago during Christmas, and he came from that very impressed. If Mike is a little bit terse, that's because he has a lot on his mind about a lot of things, especially over the last year having to deal with this second neck injury and trying to decide whether to keep playing football or retire from the game altogether. Today, he made that retirement decision, and believe me, that is the best decision he could have made for his overall health. Playing for one team for 12 years is a rarity these days when a lot of football players take advantage of free agency and go to other teams after 2 or 5 years. Mike Alstott was a true, loyal, faithful player on the Bucs team, ended his career with the Bucs, and now he's looking forward to enjoying his family and possibly working with the Bucs in another capacity related to football. I sure do hope that he does get into the Hall of Fame real soon! He deserves it!! The both of you should think about your attitude towards Mike Alstott and the Bucs as a whole, and appreciate the accomplishments that this strong football player has done for his team over those years! Unfotunately, the A-Train whistle will be silenced!! At least until there's another football player that can earn that distinction on the Bucs team!
I hope that I have helped you two understand the great impact that Mike Alstott has had for the Tampa Bay area and the Buccaneers.
Chari Mercier :)
St. Pete, FL
Well Said Chari!

To Terri & Holly - Mike also donates tickets etc. to the kids at The Joshua House. He does a lot of work for the underprivileged children of the Tampa Bay area. Everyone has their days and maybe you approached him during his personal time. He has a right to some personal time. Maybe you were rude yourself. Maybe you approached him at a bad time. We all know on the golf course they are out there playing to win. They have to concentrate and here you are trying to get his attention. Who knows but you should not judge him based on one incident.
Carol

Tampa, FL

#17 Jan 24, 2008
I don't know why people feel the need for nasty comments. I am not a Bucs fan and don't particularly like football but I know Mike Alstott was a good player and a good person. He gave a lot to underpriveleged kids etc., He was a true hero and a giving human being. Good luck in the future Mike. God Bless
alfarac

Boston, MA

#18 Jan 24, 2008
Mike Alstott is a class act, one of the best FB ever...

This coming from a die hard Packer fan that hated his guts a lot of times because of his performances against the Pack...

Still, he will be missed in the field...
DALE-LUTZ

Richmond, VA

#19 Jan 24, 2008
MIKE I WISH YOU WELL IN YOUR FUTURE AND HEALTH AND WILL MISS YOU.THERE WILL BE A PART OF THE BUCCANEERS MISSING NOW. YOU ARE A GREAT FOOTBALL PLAYER AND HOPE YOU CONTINUE YOUR CHARITY WITH ALL CHILDRENS CANCER. GOOD LUCK
MEREDITH LOCKHART

Tampa, FL

#20 Jan 24, 2008
THE A-TRAIN WILL BE SORELY MISSED BY THE BUCANEERS TEAM.
I KNOW I WILL MISS HIM. I, TOO, HOPE HE RETURNS IN A COACHING CAPACITY OR SCOUTING CAPACITY.
THANK YOU MIKE FOR ALL THE YEARS YOU GAVE US SOME GREAT FOOTBALL.
David T - Clearwater

Tampa, FL

#21 Jan 24, 2008
"Mike has been a true champion and played with his heart and soul for the Buccaneers and his community. He is a convenant leader on and off the field, and not seeing #40 playing on the field for the Buccaneers Mike will always be in our hearts and souls. I wish him all the best in his retirement from the team, but look forward to his leadership in the community and the business world. Mike thanks for 12 wonderful years."
RLT

Tampa, FL

#22 Jan 24, 2008
I had the good fortune to get to go to our super bowl, and i am proud to say i got to watch # 40 be a big part of the game. Only the best to Mike and his family. The A train is a class act.

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